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! 

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1
4,924 3,181
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
3,935 2,731
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
2,922 2,415
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
3,200 2,519
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
2,936 2,598
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
AC/DC Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
2,228 2,446
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
1,925 2,647
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,081 2,662
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
1,809 2,109
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,391 1,518
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
1,652 1,845
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

12
1,842 2,658
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

13
1,851 2,265
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,209 847
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

The Best Songs with Live in the Title

15
1,460 1,821
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

16
1,262 1,966
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

17
1,458 1,940
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
1,409 1,863
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

19
1,463 2,255
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
1,429 1,508
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

21
1,184 1,347
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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22
1,282 1,561
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

23
902 1,044
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

24
978 1,254
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

25
842 1,018
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

26
1,052 1,024
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
911 1,133
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

28
1,017 1,164
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

The Best US Cities for Live Music

29
379 185
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

30
735 563
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

31
1,241 1,454
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

32
837 779
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

33
734 938
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

34
1,297 1,565
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

35
948 1,140
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
1,045 1,439
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

37
1,044 1,280
Prince is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

38
1,242 1,358
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

39
281 168
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

40
1,260 1,365
Muse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

41
966 1,361
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

42
701 826
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live

43
493 665
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

44
866 734
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

45
324 273
Santana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

46
661 762
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
392 366
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

48
557 557
Journey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ginac02013 added Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

49
290 218
Cream is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

50
790 1,208
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog