Classic Rock 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. 
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1,628 1,550
The Police is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta
27
1,782 1,422
Boston is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage
28
1,739 1,518
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire), The Kink Kronikles
29
1,508 1,469
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur
30
1,483 1,363
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach
31
1,431 1,378
Santana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition
32
1,380 1,016
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
33
1,326 1,214
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, Burnin' Sky
34
1,228 857
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
looksharp added Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record
35
1,304 1,159
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot
36
1,246 1,046
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby
37
1,419 1,226
Heart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart
38
1,369 1,107
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town
39
1,181 907
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet
40
1,317 1,211
Styx is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight
41
910 564
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
mustafa-odabaşı added Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies
42
1,072 965
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin
43
1,336 786
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters
44
1,005 1,088
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism
45
1,230 1,057
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts
46
1,164 981
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends
47
1,054 840
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology
48
1,324 1,218
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick
49
1,179 902
Yes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125
50
1,073 564
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers, Highway Companion