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
6,604 3,703
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
4,790 3,179
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
3,948 2,948
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
3,529 2,834
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
3,547 2,997
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
2,744 2,828
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
2,384 3,126
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,537 3,103
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
2,228 2,379
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
2,248 3,121
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
2,061 2,246
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

12
1,610 2,279
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,725 1,877
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
2,267 2,573
Rush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,689 2,129
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

16
1,835 2,694
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

17
1,768 2,247
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
1,808 2,149
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

19
1,668 1,078
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

20
1,227 1,414
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
1,750 1,703
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

22
1,230 1,343
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

23
1,525 1,613
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

24
1,171 1,233
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

25
1,585 1,805
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge