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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. 
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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Neil Young Harvest, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush

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631 431
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

53
734 924
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

54
566 413
Stevie Ray Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Stevie Ray Vaughan Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

55
343 194
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
KeithWilliams1 added John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

56
589 601
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

57
645 690
The Moody Blues is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed, Long Distance Voyager, In Search of the Lost Chord

58
574 485
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

59
658 685
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

60
523 539
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

61
611 657
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kansas Point of Know Return, Leftoverture, Kansas

62
682 669
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

63
521 417
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Janis Joplin Pearl, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Greatest Hits

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335 199
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
mustafa-odabaşı added Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

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491 482
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

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558 505
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Billy Joel The Stranger, Piano Man, 52nd Street

67
508 562
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

68
516 424
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz, Diary of a Madman, The Ultimate Sin

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414 440
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

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437 366
Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Chuck Berry The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars

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510 544
U2 is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
U2 The Joshua Tree, War, Achtung Baby

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502 320
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Tom Petty Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion

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478 476
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steppenwolf At Your Birthday Party, Steppenwolf 7, The Second

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409 460
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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431 475
The Band is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Band The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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393 393
Grand Funk Railroad is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Grand Funk Railroad Closer to Home, On Time, Survival

77
310 172
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
KeithWilliams1 added Paul McCartney Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney

78
466 410
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

79
594 423
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde

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506 538
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

81
526 337
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

82
404 441
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Morrison Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview

83
418 458
REO Speedwagon is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
REO Speedwagon Live: You Get What You Play For, Good Trouble, Can't Fight This Feeling

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402 492
Judas Priest is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Judas Priest British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Hell Bent for Leather

85
277 338
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added Rainbow Rising, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Long Live Rock ’n’ Roll

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284 227
The Yardbirds is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
RobinGallego added The Yardbirds Over Under Sideways Down, Gold, The Very Best Of

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350 304
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Stevie Nicks Bella Donna, Buckingham Nicks, Trouble in Shangri-La

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354 399
The Guess Who is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Guess Who Live at the Paramount, Shakin' All Over, Share the Land

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374 421
Joan Jett is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Joan Jett Bad Reputation, Evil Stig, 1979

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341 353
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion, Greatest Hits, Best Shots

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327 353
Joe Cocker is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Joe Cocker Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Night Calls

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375 376
The Clash is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Clash London Calling, The Clash, Black Market Clash

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324 412
Nazareth is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Nazareth Hair of the Dog, Razamanaz, Loud 'n' Proud

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316 287
Bachman–Turner Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
bojanthebest added Bachman–Turner Overdrive Not Fragile, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II, Rock & Roll Nights

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310 311
Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Ray Charles The Birth of Soul, Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, The Spirit of Christmas

96
240 284
Free is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Free Free Live!, Heartbreaker, Tons of Sobs

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345 298
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story, Gasoline Alley, Downtown Train – Selections from the Storyteller Anthology

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357 329
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Thin Lizzy Live and Dangerous, Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy, Renegade

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169 158
Emerson, Lake & Palmer is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
smellsrank added Emerson, Lake & Palmer

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258 367
Traffic is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Traffic The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, John Barleycorn Must Die, On the Road