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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list ordered by
1
6,876 3,985
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
2
5,078 3,387
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
3
4,183 3,170
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
4
3,727 3,030
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
5
3,761 3,208
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
6
2,937 3,030
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
7
2,536 3,359
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
8
2,686 3,348
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
9
2,695 2,706
Rush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
10
2,372 3,374
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
11
1,802 2,449
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
12
2,243 2,423
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
13
2,025 2,873
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
14
1,877 2,044
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
15
1,515 1,453
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
16
1,774 2,296
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
17
1,369 1,499
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
18
1,869 2,407
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
19
1,919 2,316
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
20
1,898 1,802
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
21
1,835 1,196
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
22
1,619 1,775
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
23
1,286 1,341
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
24
1,147 1,290
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal
25
1,494 1,290
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock