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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
3,916 2,621
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
3,155 2,299
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
2,374 1,931
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
2,483 2,122
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
2,339 2,145
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
1,728 2,018
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
1,662 2,184
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
1,436 2,177
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,413 1,791
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,499 2,218
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,478 1,925
Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

12
1,287 1,482
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
1,132 1,279
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
1,001 1,230
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

15
1,125 1,641
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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16
1,121 1,624
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
1,183 1,955
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
1,003 1,719
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
915 1,108
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
1,066 1,529
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
725 542
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
681 829
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
999 1,353
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
784 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
682 597
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
648 619
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

27
864 1,288
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

28
750 965
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
778 872
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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30
509 445
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
707 899
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

32
803 1,047
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
973 1,234
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
1,001 1,205
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
596 806
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
755 1,003
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
1,044 1,183
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
1,031 1,389
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

39
812 1,141
Prince is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

40
756 1,231
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
581 721
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
289 272
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
416 562
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
404 553
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
622 1,103
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

46
199 183
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
501 674
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
165 76
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

49
229 256
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
426 513
Tool is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
fonkeemonkee added Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal