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
5,850 3,475
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
4,450 2,981
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
3,664 2,745
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
3,274 2,653
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
3,299 2,828
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
2,512 2,670
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
2,195 2,929
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,346 2,916
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
2,066 2,262
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
2,083 2,910
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,880 2,082
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
1,580 1,730
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

13
1,461 2,141
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
2,098 2,438
Rush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,579 1,994
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

16
1,692 2,489
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

17
1,671 2,012
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
1,649 2,131
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

19
1,468 982
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
1,613 1,620
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

21
1,395 1,497
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

22
1,090 1,235
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

23
1,121 1,343
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

24
1,060 1,148
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
1,474 1,697
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

26
1,239 1,117
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
957 1,109
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

28
537 261
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

29
1,194 1,369
Prince is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

30
1,134 1,251
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

31
1,108 1,224
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

32
1,166 1,525
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

33
985 868
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

34
869 650
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

35
414 237
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

36
1,411 1,667
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

37
817 1,045
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

38
1,355 1,593
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

39
1,395 1,434
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

40
1,110 1,443
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

41
1,406 1,483
Muse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

42
597 745
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

43
510 417
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

44
784 896
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

45
345 272
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

46
771 832
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
411 329
Santana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

48
374 262
Cream is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

49
659 616
Journey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ginac02013 added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

50
396 394
Yes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock