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The Greatest Live Bands of All Time 

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Updated March 26, 2020 341.7k votes 33.9k voters 329.2k views 620 items

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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Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Rush is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Heart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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The Allman Brothers Band... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Bob Seger & the Silv... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Santana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
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Journey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time