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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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Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
2
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
3
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
4
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
5
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
6
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
7
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
8
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
9
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
10
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
11
Rush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
12
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
13
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
14
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
15
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
16
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock
17
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
18
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
19
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
20
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock
21
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
22
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge
23
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal
24
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
Prince is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave