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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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3,678 2,235
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

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2
3,609 2,094
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
3,462 2,103
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

4
3,354 1,770
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
2,697 1,835
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
2,578 1,348
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Who Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

7
2,059 1,717
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
1,897 1,436
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
2,378 1,788
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
1,845 1,380
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

11
1,868 1,506
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

12
1,643 1,519
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

13
1,773 1,558
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Black Sabbath Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

14
1,501 1,386
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
1,428 1,239
Cream is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Cream Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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16
1,512 1,284
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Deep Purple Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

17
1,440 1,174
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

18
1,379 1,357
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

19
1,321 944
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
1,183 904
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

21
1,148 1,059
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

22
1,181 1,019
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
1,090 1,196
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

24
1,131 1,311
Journey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

25
1,448 1,216
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

26
1,079 851
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
985 1,060
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
1,043 985
Boston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

29
943 924
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

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30
906 929
Santana is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

31
871 1,039
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

32
762 750
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

33
775 677
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

34
730 584
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
804 824
Bad Company is listed (or ranked) 35 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

36
889 848
Heart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

37
639 474
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
looksharp added Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

38
892 829
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jethro Tull Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

39
758 463
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Arcana Tomorrow is Yesterday, Ghostwriter, Flying High

40
829 811
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

41
383 218
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
mustafa-odabaşı added Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

42
622 508
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
750 766
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

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44
807 884
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

45
712 628
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

46
783 971
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

47
772 845
Styx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

48
590 634
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

49
654 691
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Chicago Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be

50
375 216
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