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
5,356 3,369
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
4,246 2,872
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
3,491 2,650
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
3,138 2,556
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
3,164 2,741
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
2,394 2,592
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
2,094 2,829
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,228 2,828
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
1,965 2,205
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,793 1,988
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

11
2,001 2,809
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

12
1,498 1,660
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

13
2,008 2,367
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,386 2,066
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,600 2,384
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
1,580 2,062
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

17
1,576 1,942
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

18
1,506 1,943
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

19
1,355 930
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

20
1,540 1,577
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

21
1,314 1,441
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

22
1,067 1,308
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

23
1,401 1,647
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

24
990 1,113
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

25
999 1,195
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

26
1,165 1,088
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
479 238
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

28
909 1,080
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

29
1,090 1,222
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

30
1,041 1,193
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

31
931 834
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

32
818 619
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

33
1,116 1,494
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

34
1,129 1,343
Prince is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

35
792 1,007
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

36
355 204
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

37
1,314 1,550
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

38
1,368 1,630
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

39
1,332 1,412
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

40
1,043 1,421
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

41
1,349 1,444
Muse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

42
566 715
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

43
461 397
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

44
747 875
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

45
731 811
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
308 254
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

47
628 598
Journey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ginac02013 added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

48
374 317
Santana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

49
341 248
Cream is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

50
842 1,263
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog