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. 
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1
4,657 2,886
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
4,684 2,637
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
4,465 2,647
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

4
4,300 2,183
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
3,505 2,167
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
3,181 1,713
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Who Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

7
2,622 2,145
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
2,483 1,801
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
3,017 2,168
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
2,381 1,705
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
2,510 1,845
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

12
2,194 1,827
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

13
2,243 1,910
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Black Sabbath Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

14
1,938 1,723
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

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15
1,852 1,593
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
1,763 1,520
Cream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Cream Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

17
1,906 1,424
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
1,782 1,626
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

19
1,722 1,184
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
1,539 1,100
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

21
1,492 1,574
Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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22
1,366 1,481
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
1,412 1,307
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

24
1,435 1,039
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
1,814 1,469
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

26
1,419 1,244
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
1,238 1,283
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
1,350 1,185
Boston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

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29
1,127 1,245
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

30
1,154 1,133
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
1,127 1,132
Santana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

32
994 759
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
993 923
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
1,008 1,007
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
1,096 1,025
Heart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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36
867 642
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
964 857
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

38
992 1,001
Styx is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

39
907 779
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

40
810 693
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

41
1,052 947
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
1,087 1,013
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jethro Tull Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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43
947 595
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

44
729 862
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Scorpions Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

45
605 350
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
KeithWilliams1 added John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Double Fantasy

46
574 381
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
mustafa-odabaşı added Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

47
779 777
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

48
941 887
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

49
787 680
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

50
994 1,163
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge