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
6,033 3,529
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
4,509 3,035
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
3,714 2,798
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
3,328 2,691
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
3,354 2,862
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
2,552 2,705
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
2,233 2,972
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,386 2,957
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
2,094 2,286
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
2,110 2,952
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,918 2,109
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
1,604 1,754
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

13
1,491 2,160
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
2,124 2,461
Rush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,596 2,016
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

16
1,720 2,523
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

17
1,695 2,034
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
1,668 2,146
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

19
1,514 995
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
1,424 1,514
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21
1,633 1,635
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

22
1,115 1,251
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

23
1,077 1,160
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
1,133 1,355
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

25
1,495 1,709
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

26
1,262 1,129
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
965 1,121
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
550 269
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
1,155 1,262
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

30
1,215 1,382
Prince is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

31
1,117 1,234
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

32
1,183 1,533
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

33
429 244
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

34
996 879
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

35
883 658
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

36
1,427 1,677
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

37
1,375 1,604
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

38
828 1,056
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

39
1,410 1,446
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
1,136 1,453
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

41
1,436 1,495
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
605 755
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
519 432
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

44
795 906
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

45
424 335
Santana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

46
788 844
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
352 281
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

48
673 623
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
382 269
Cream is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

50
402 401
Yes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock