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
4,685 3,037
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
3,750 2,608
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
2,796 2,283
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
3,037 2,411
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
2,803 2,483
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
2,106 2,333
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
1,808 2,526
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
1,980 2,539
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
1,717 2,018
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,286 1,431
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
1,760 2,542
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

12
1,579 1,756
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

13
1,090 773
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

14
1,774 2,190
Rush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

The Best Songs with Live in the Title

15
1,388 1,865
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

16
1,355 1,797
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

17
1,372 1,745
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

18
1,195 1,910
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

19
1,362 1,456
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

20
1,403 2,182
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
1,122 1,285
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

The Qualities of a Good Teacher

22
807 968
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

23
931 1,211
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

24
1,201 1,512
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

25
968 1,125
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

26
883 1,086
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

27
854 1,008
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

28
335 158
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

Bono Quotes That The World Could Definitely Live With Or Without

29
992 991
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

30
682 535
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
797 745
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

32
704 902
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

33
1,240 1,514
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

34
1,001 1,245
Prince is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

35
1,180 1,408
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

36
1,003 1,405
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
1,193 1,319
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

38
911 1,107
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

39
248 142
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
1,216 1,327
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
923 1,330
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
854 699
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live

43
680 807
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

44
470 643
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

45
293 254
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
625 743
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
367 353
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
752 1,188
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

49
512 637
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dismalhead added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

50
262 203
Cream is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music