70s Music 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
5,852 3,613
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

2
5,974 3,240
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
5,820 3,201
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

4
5,298 2,574
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
4,349 2,513
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
3,804 2,086
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

7
3,207 2,563
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

8
3,062 2,139
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
3,745 2,553
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
3,251 2,132
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

11
2,945 1,996
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
2,743 2,155
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

13
2,742 2,259
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

14
2,482 1,993
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

15
2,437 1,656
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

16
2,239 1,903
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

17
2,250 1,864
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

18
2,127 1,784
Cream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

19
2,154 1,438
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
1,938 1,320
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

21
1,913 1,855
Journey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

22
1,859 1,214
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

23
1,667 1,772
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

24
1,736 1,533
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

25
2,209 1,707
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres