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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
4,402 2,866
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
3,512 2,477
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
2,630 2,132
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
2,818 2,292
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
2,623 2,343
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
1,972 2,193
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
1,874 2,389
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
1,654 2,374
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,597 1,914
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,649 2,393
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,476 1,623
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

12
1,667 2,072
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,167 1,335
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
1,289 1,766
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

The Best Songs with Live in the Title

15
1,256 1,728
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

16
914 690
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mainpleine added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

17
1,124 1,819
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
1,244 1,650
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

19
1,277 1,386
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

20
1,319 2,089
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
1,046 1,208
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

The Greatest Dystopian Novels

22
758 910
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
874 1,153
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

24
1,117 1,449
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

25
832 1,025
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

26
917 940
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
796 956
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

28
264 120
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

The Best US Cities for Live Music

29
737 692
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

30
607 497
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
1,109 1,339
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

32
897 1,090
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
1,151 1,450
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

34
958 1,354
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

35
857 1,051
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

The 37 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

36
657 857
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

37
1,119 1,270
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

38
935 1,197
Prince is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

39
1,159 1,263
Muse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

40
196 104
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

41
869 1,283
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

42
825 640
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live

43
644 762
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

44
258 218
Santana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

45
339 315
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

46
441 602
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

47
476 599
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dismalhead added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

48
577 710
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
269 293
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
696 1,149
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog