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The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

Updated September 28, 2020 857.4k votes 40.2k voters 472.7k views263 items

List RulesVote up the all-time, all-around best 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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    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Eagles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    The Doors is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Cream is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Rush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
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