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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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4,389 2,858
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
3,502 2,471
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
2,625 2,126
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
2,807 2,287
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
2,616 2,339
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
1,965 2,189
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
1,871 2,383
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
1,649 2,369
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,589 1,910
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,645 2,386
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,470 1,619
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
1,661 2,068
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,161 1,330
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
1,286 1,761
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

15
1,249 1,724
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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16
904 684
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mainpleine added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

17
1,121 1,813
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

18
1,273 1,381
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

19
1,238 1,645
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

20
1,317 2,083
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
1,041 1,204
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

22
753 906
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
871 1,148
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
1,115 1,444
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
829 1,021
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

26
914 937
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
790 952
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
734 687
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

29
605 493
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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30
896 1,085
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

31
260 117
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

32
1,106 1,334
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

33
954 1,350
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

34
1,144 1,445
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

35
854 1,048
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
653 853
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

37
1,112 1,267
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
930 1,194
Prince is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

39
1,156 1,258
Muse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

40
193 101
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

41
823 635
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

42
865 1,279
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
644 758
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

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44
255 215
Santana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

45
338 312
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

46
438 598
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

47
476 595
Genesis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dismalhead added Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

48
576 707
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
268 289
Yes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock

50
693 1,146
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog