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
6,892 3,992
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal
2
5,088 3,394
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
3
4,188 3,182
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
4
3,734 3,036
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
5
3,765 3,211
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
6
2,942 3,035
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
7
2,542 3,367
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
8
2,692 3,352
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
9
2,701 2,710
Rush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
10
2,374 3,378
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
11
1,805 2,452
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
12
2,245 2,426
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
2,027 2,877
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
14
1,879 2,047
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 1,457
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
16
1,775 2,300
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk
17
1,372 1,503
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
1,876 2,410
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
19
1,923 2,320
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
1,899 1,805
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music
21
1,838 1,200
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
1,623 1,777
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
23
1,291 1,342
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
1,149 1,292
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
1,496 1,291
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock