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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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list ordered by
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II
2
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
3
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo
4
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here
5
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers
6
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia
7
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love
8
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys
9
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days
10
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2
11
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock
12
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation
13
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell
14
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold
15
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock
16
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night
17
Cream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream
18
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down
19
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open
20
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim
21
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs
22
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud
23
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 23 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
24
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas
25
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres