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List Rules Only a band's live show and not their studio albums. No pop stars

List of the greatest live bands or artists of all time, created and ranked by music fans worldwide asks the question "who is the best live act of all time"? What band or artist had such an impact up on that stage that it took their music to a whole new level? Maybe they had a spectacular stage show - like Floyd - or maybe they just overpowered you with their live presence - like Bruce. Or maybe their music just sounded better in person. Whatever your criteria, vote and rank the musicians you think had the absolute best live act of all time. If you see a group or artist that is missing, be sure to add to this list of the best live bands of all time! 

Share your thoughts on the very best live performers with your friends. To vote on more music lists, check out these lists of the Best Rock Vocalists and the Best Female Rock Vocalists of all time.
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1
3,925 2,633
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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2
3,171 2,303
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
2,382 1,939
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
2,489 2,129
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
2,345 2,151
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
1,736 2,024
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
1,667 2,192
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
1,442 2,185
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,421 1,794
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,507 2,222
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,482 1,930
Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
1,293 1,487
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

13
1,139 1,280
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

14
1,006 1,232
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

15
1,130 1,643
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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16
1,126 1,627
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

17
1,186 1,959
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
1,007 1,720
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
922 1,109
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

20
1,070 1,531
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

21
729 543
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

22
682 830
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

23
1,003 1,355
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

24
786 1,084
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

25
686 599
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mainpleine added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

26
870 1,289
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

27
650 621
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

28
751 967
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

29
712 900
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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30
513 446
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

31
782 874
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

32
805 1,048
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

33
977 1,236
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

34
1,005 1,206
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

35
599 806
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

36
758 1,004
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

37
1,047 1,184
Muse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

38
1,033 1,391
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

39
815 1,142
Prince is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

40
760 1,233
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

41
581 722
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
290 274
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

43
418 564
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dismalhead added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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44
404 554
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

45
623 1,104
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

46
200 184
Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

47
503 674
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

48
167 76
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

49
230 257
Yes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

50
427 515
Tool is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
fonkeemonkee added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal