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
4,023 2,690
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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2
3,237 2,348
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
2,432 1,980
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
2,554 2,170
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
2,395 2,196
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
1,781 2,069
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
1,704 2,240
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
1,478 2,235
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,459 1,824
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,536 2,255
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,334 1,515
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
1,510 1,968
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,034 1,253
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
1,173 1,298
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

15
1,150 1,672
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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16
1,144 1,648
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
1,212 1,993
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
951 1,128
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

19
1,024 1,744
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
1,098 1,557
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

21
731 612
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mainpleine added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

22
697 842
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
1,023 1,373
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

24
804 1,098
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
754 565
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

26
657 637
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

27
767 980
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
891 1,298
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

29
807 882
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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30
531 454
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
1,027 1,253
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
827 1,053
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

33
729 912
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

34
611 810
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

35
772 1,010
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

36
1,071 1,201
Muse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

37
1,058 1,404
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

38
1,027 1,221
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
843 1,154
Prince is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

40
191 78
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

41
593 729
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

42
782 1,246
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

43
414 563
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

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44
298 281
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

45
209 192
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
429 569
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dismalhead added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

47
191 149
Cream is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

48
516 680
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
637 1,110
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

50
238 263
Yes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock