60s The Greatest Classic Rock Bands  

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List Rules Rock artists who got their start in the 1960s or 70s

The greatest classic rock bands of all time embody the spirit of a generation of people who just wanted to rock. These top classic rock bands include some of the best live acts of all time and man, did they rock hard. For those who got to see these amazing classic rock bands live, you'll surely understand how they earned the title of best classic rock band; for those who missed out, they'll simply remain the bands you wish you could have seen live.

These top classic rock bands were all hit-makers of their time and have rightfully earned a spot on this list of legends. Some of these famous bands have devoted followers decades after they called it quits (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd), some are considered icons of music (singers like Eric Clapton and bands like The Beatles, Queen), and some are even still touring (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith) despite the AARP status of their core members. These old school rock bands are still rocking, what have you done with your life? 

What are the best old rock bands? You decide! This list of good classic rock bands is here for you so you can vote on who should be the greatest classic rock band of all time. Don't think one of the bands here should even be in the running for top classic rock band? Vote them down! And if you don't see your favorite classic rock band on the list, make sure to add them to the list so other people can discover classic rock artists who may mean something to them. 

1
5,038 3,128
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

2
5,133 2,812
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Beatles Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

3
4,845 2,837
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

4
4,604 2,301
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

5
3,796 2,274
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

6
3,376 1,836
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Who Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

7
2,809 2,284
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doors The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

8
2,663 1,925
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love

9
3,236 2,297
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

10
2,760 1,935
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

11
2,565 1,791
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

12
2,387 2,023
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Black Sabbath Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

13
2,367 1,930
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

14
2,123 1,804
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

15
1,969 1,694
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Deep Purple Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

16
2,082 1,497
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

17
1,889 1,611
Cream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Cream Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

18
1,931 1,706
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

19
1,859 1,272
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

20
1,667 1,169
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

21
1,639 1,680
Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

22
1,466 1,583
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

23
1,592 1,099
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

24
1,530 1,390
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

25
1,941 1,550
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

26
1,508 1,328
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Kinks The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire), The Kink Kronikles

27
1,349 1,362
The Police is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

28
1,484 1,257
Boston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

29
1,250 1,315
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

30
1,240 1,198
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

31
1,208 1,211
Santana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

32
1,104 842
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

33
1,091 1,004
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

34
1,108 1,080
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bad Company Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, Burnin' Sky

35
1,194 1,093
Heart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

36
970 713
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
looksharp added Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

37
1,091 1,064
Styx is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

38
1,036 913
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

39
1,139 997
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

40
986 839
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

41
1,066 649
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

42
891 756
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

43
804 927
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Scorpions Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

44
869 829
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

45
656 434
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
mustafa-odabaşı added Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

46
1,033 935
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

47
1,155 1,082
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jethro Tull Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

48
875 726
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

49
1,075 1,239
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

50
903 886
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Chicago Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be