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
5,027 3,121
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
5,120 2,807
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
4,830 2,833
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

4
4,596 2,299
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
3,791 2,269
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
3,372 1,832
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Who Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

7
2,803 2,281
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
2,660 1,919
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
3,226 2,293
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
2,747 1,933
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

11
2,560 1,789
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
2,364 1,925
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

13
2,385 2,019
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Black Sabbath Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

14
2,118 1,802
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 1,689
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
2,076 1,496
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
1,886 1,608
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
1,923 1,705
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 1,269
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
1,664 1,167
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

21
1,638 1,675
Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

22
1,463 1,580
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
1,585 1,096
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
1,528 1,387
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

25
1,939 1,547
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

26
1,506 1,326
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
1,346 1,361
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
1,479 1,257
Boston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

29
1,249 1,314
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

30
1,239 1,196
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
1,206 1,209
Santana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

32
1,100 841
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
1,089 1,002
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
1,106 1,079
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
1,192 1,090
Heart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

36
967 711
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
1,088 1,063
Styx is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

38
1,034 911
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
1,062 646
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

40
985 837
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
1,136 996
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

42
887 755
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
803 926
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Scorpions Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

44
655 432
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
mustafa-odabaşı added Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

45
867 829
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

46
1,029 934
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
1,152 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
873 726
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
1,072 1,237
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

50
688 427
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
KeithWilliams1 added John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy