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. 
list ordered by
1
6,165 3,810
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II
2
6,328 3,410
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
6,191 3,363
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo
4
5,618 2,695
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
4,587 2,607
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
3,974 2,206
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia
7
3,251 2,234
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
3,375 2,693
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days
9
3,960 2,657
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
3,110 2,083
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys
11
3,431 2,248
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2
12
2,932 2,329
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell
13
2,907 2,259
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation
14
2,640 2,087
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold
15
2,367 1,992
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
2,589 1,757
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night
17
2,392 1,941
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down
18
2,227 1,872
Cream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream
19
2,296 1,508
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
2,032 1,397
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim
21
1,968 1,286
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open
22
2,028 1,948
Journey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution
23
1,818 1,593
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud
24
2,333 1,767
Rush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres
25
1,745 1,863
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas