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
5,611 3,433
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
4,370 2,934
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
3,597 2,706
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
3,223 2,618
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
3,241 2,795
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
2,455 2,638
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
2,145 2,886
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,291 2,884
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
2,034 2,235
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
2,042 2,871
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,836 2,045
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
1,547 1,702
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

13
1,428 2,103
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
2,059 2,403
Rush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,648 2,440
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
1,549 1,967
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

17
1,614 2,100
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
1,625 1,981
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
1,415 960
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
1,581 1,602
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

21
1,359 1,468
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

22
1,102 1,326
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

23
1,049 1,216
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

24
1,442 1,678
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

25
1,029 1,132
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

26
1,214 1,107
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
938 1,099
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
515 251
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
1,115 1,241
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

30
1,085 1,209
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

31
1,146 1,513
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

32
1,166 1,360
Prince is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

33
964 857
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
851 636
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
805 1,029
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

36
1,387 1,656
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

37
1,332 1,576
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

38
386 226
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

39
1,365 1,428
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
1,080 1,434
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

41
1,379 1,468
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
586 735
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
493 409
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

44
772 888
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

45
330 264
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
400 324
Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

47
752 827
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

48
645 610
Journey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ginac02013 added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

49
362 259
Cream is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

50
386 386
Yes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock