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
4,311 2,636
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
4,297 2,432
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
4,112 2,452
Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

4
3,981 2,033
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
3,224 2,050
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
2,966 1,575
The Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Who Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

7
2,422 1,977
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
2,278 1,663
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
2,802 2,033
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
2,196 1,576
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
2,278 1,730
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

12
2,085 1,783
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Black Sabbath Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

13
2,003 1,725
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

14
1,786 1,614
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

Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

15
1,729 1,481
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
1,653 1,414
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
1,734 1,338
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
1,631 1,525
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

19
1,591 1,096
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
1,416 1,036
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

21
1,275 1,372
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time

22
1,355 1,483
Journey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

23
1,330 1,224
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

24
1,344 1,171
The Kinks is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
1,680 1,380
Rush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

26
1,317 984
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
1,155 1,207
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
1,243 1,114
Boston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

The Best Classic Rock Songs For A First Dance

29
1,039 1,168
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

30
1,079 1,065
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
1,046 1,071
Santana is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

32
902 693
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
919 859
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
953 945
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
799 583
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
looksharp added Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

The Best Syfy Original Shows

36
1,014 971
Heart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
paldrinc added Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

37
900 804
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
846 726
Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

39
1,022 953
Jethro Tull is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jethro Tull Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

40
749 625
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
974 906
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
846 541
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

Best Songs of the Last Five Queen Albums

43
910 946
Styx is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

44
664 807
Scorpions is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Scorpions Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

45
529 305
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
881 850
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

47
722 636
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

48
515 332
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
mustafa-odabaşı added Dire Straits Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits, Making Movies

49
772 784
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
713 726
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin