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. 
list ordered by

1
5,421 3,355
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

2
5,532 3,018
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
5,303 3,009
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

4
4,920 2,443
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
4,043 2,396
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
3,572 1,960
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

7
2,983 2,423
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

8
2,853 2,027
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love

9
3,464 2,427
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

10
2,981 2,040
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

11
2,742 1,890
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

12
2,534 2,031
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

13
2,560 2,136
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

14
2,291 1,890
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

15
2,091 1,787
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
2,242 1,580
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

17
2,008 1,700
Cream is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

18
2,082 1,781
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

19
1,975 1,364
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

20
1,784 1,252
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

21
1,767 1,765
Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

22
2,069 1,626
Rush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

23
1,554 1,676
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

24
1,627 1,457
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

25
1,703 1,166
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

26
1,595 1,390
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
1,438 1,424
The Police is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

28
1,589 1,317
Boston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

29
1,344 1,375
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

30
1,326 1,262
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
1,282 1,275
Santana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

32
1,164 1,063
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

33
1,181 920
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
1,188 1,126
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, Burnin' Sky

35
1,277 1,144
Heart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

36
1,173 1,120
Styx is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

37
1,059 762
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
looksharp added Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

38
1,113 959
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

39
1,226 1,039
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

40
1,000 821
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

41
753 476
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
881 995
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

43
949 880
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

44
1,155 701
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

45
1,052 898
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

46
1,094 979
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

47
936 771
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
1,213 1,134
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
1,042 824
Yes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

50
964 936
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be