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
6,697 3,751
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
2
4,852 3,227
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
3
3,999 2,989
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
4
3,583 2,870
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
5
3,591 3,032
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
6
2,793 2,856
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
7
2,419 3,167
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
8
2,580 3,134
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
9
2,283 3,153
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
10
2,089 2,275
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
11
1,635 2,305
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
12
1,753 1,899
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
13
2,297 2,596
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
14
1,866 2,724
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
15
1,708 2,159
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
16
1,795 2,269
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
17
1,833 2,175
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
18
1,707 1,099
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
19
1,776 1,719
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
20
1,253 1,431
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
21
1,546 1,638
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
22
1,246 1,366
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
23
1,196 1,254
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
645 341
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock
25
1,398 1,217
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock