Bands/Musicians The Best Live Bands of 2011  

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List Rules Vote on whether the band's should be considered the best live band of 2011

The best live bands of 2011 include mainstream rock icons like U2 and Foo Fighters, indie and Americana darlings like The Avett Brothers, over-the-top arena acts like Muse and straight up classic bands like The Pixies (really, if you haven't seen The Pixies live, you are doing yourself a great disservice). I've put together this list to recognize the great live bands of the year, though it's a tough order. I've seen almost all of the bands on the list this year, but I'm sure I've missed a lot of great live acts. What was your favorite live band in 2011? If you don't see it on this list, add it. Vote up the bands you thought were the absolute best, and vote down those you saw and hated. Hey, to each his own, right? Not everybody thinks Coldplay is the be-all, end-all of live music.

The bands on this list brought it in 2011, big time, putting on incredible live shows. Several of them hit up the big music festivals, like Coachella, Bonnaroo and SXSW. With concert ticket prices soaring in a hobbled economy, a music festival can be a great way to catch several live bands for one price. That being said, if you have a favorite live band, they'll get a shorter set (usually) at a festival - so go for the whole enchilada and see just them. Also, pay close attention to some of the opening acts for the mega-bands - some of them will go on to become headliners (case in point: I saw Muse and Kings of Leon open for U2 a few years ago and was blown away...now look at them!)

Live music fans, this is your chance to be heard: Add your favorite live acts to this list, so we'll all know who to see in 2012. And if you're a live music aficionado, definitely check out these lists of the greatest live bands/artists of all time and the best rock bands ever.

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116 56
Muse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

2
110 90
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

3
73 39
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

4
89 81
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

5
80 87
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

6
69 105
U2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

7
46 42
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

8
36 48
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

9
49 67
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

10
42 57
My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

11
35 34
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

12
45 57
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

13
31 26
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
KyleBurns added Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

14
25 19
Korn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
KyleBurns added Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

15
42 73
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

16
34 59
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

17
34 63
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

18
35 53
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

19
13 13
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
gamedemon24 added Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

20
26 54
Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

21
5 6
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

22
31 68
The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

23
10 12
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
duffyork added Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

24
2 1
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Matthew T McHenry added Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

25
1 0
Soulfly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
dan808 added Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

26
1 0
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
dan808 added Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop

27
21 34
Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

28
8 15
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

29
15 28
Galactic is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk

30
1 6
Civil Twilight is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Alternative rock, Indie rock

31
1 3
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
MattSchwarck added Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

32
3 9
The Fray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

33
10 18
Young the Giant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
stephjsolorio added Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock

34
15 30
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

35
6 16
Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

36
19 46
Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

37
8 20
Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

38
9 22
Bassnectar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Hip hop music, Electro hop, Electronic dance music

39
15 34
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

40
1 7
Christie Front Drive is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Emo, Post-rock, Punk rock

41
1 7
Lothar & The Hand People is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock

42
1 7
Slim Cessna's Auto Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Alternative country, Gothabilly

43
1 7
Sugarloaf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Psychedelic rock

44
1 7
Wovenhand is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock

45
1 7
Letlive is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
AdamBevel added Mathcore, Emo, Experimental rock

46
1 7
Rival Sons is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
AlanMclaren added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll - Rival Sons will be the next big thing in the USA/Canada/Europe.  Their showmanship is can't be beat.  The songs/sounds and musical prowess is always in great form.  To me they are the Led Zeppelin of their peers and generations.  Its time for rock fans to stop pining away for LZ, and start showing interest in this band called Rival Sons.  Who can take them on a journey.

47
1 7
Fleet Foxes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
shannon.mccormacknpt added Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

48
1 8
16 Horsepower is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Folk music, Neofolk, Alternative country

49
1 8
STS9 - Sound Tribe Sector Nine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
STS9 - Sound Tribe Sector Nine

50
1 8
Axe Murder Boyz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Hip hop music, Horrorcore