bands/musicians The Greatest Live Bands of All Time  

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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
4,844 3,129
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
3,869 2,690
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
2,884 2,366
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
3,145 2,479
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
2,885 2,561
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
2,184 2,412
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
1,875 2,604
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,041 2,621
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
1,778 2,076
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,363 1,483
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
1,626 1,809
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
1,813 2,622
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

13
1,816 2,238
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,170 823
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

The Best Songs with Live in the Title

15
1,430 1,792
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

16
1,435 1,914
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

17
1,239 1,947
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
1,391 1,841
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

19
1,435 2,231
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
1,408 1,488
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

21
1,156 1,325
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 Best Xbox 360 Racing Games of All Time

22
1,257 1,543
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

23
882 1,027
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

24
962 1,241
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
828 1,002
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

26
901 1,115
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

27
1,001 1,151
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

28
1,030 1,014
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

Bono Quotes That The World Could Definitely Live With Or Without

29
356 178
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

30
712 554
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
1,215 1,437
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
719 926
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

33
819 772
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

34
1,271 1,550
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

35
932 1,131
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

Great One Hit Wonder Artists of the '90s

36
1,031 1,269
Prince is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

37
1,032 1,429
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

38
1,223 1,346
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

39
268 158
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

40
1,249 1,351
Muse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

41
951 1,348
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
687 822
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked

43
865 723
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

44
480 660
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
314 267
Santana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

46
646 755
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
381 361
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

48
283 212
Cream is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

49
541 554
Journey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ginac02013 added Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

50
776 1,201
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog