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
4,938 3,186
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
3,946 2,736
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
2,932 2,420
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
3,214 2,521
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
2,946 2,601
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
2,234 2,453
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
1,930 2,652
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,087 2,668
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
1,816 2,112
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,397 1,522
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
1,657 1,851
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
1,847 2,664
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

13
1,857 2,268
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,220 849
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
1,271 1,968
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
1,465 1,824
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

17
1,463 1,944
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
1,413 1,866
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
1,469 2,258
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
1,435 1,512
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
1,188 1,353
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
1,289 1,566
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
907 1,047
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
980 1,257
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
1,060 1,025
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

26
843 1,021
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

27
383 186
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

28
914 1,135
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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29
1,019 1,166
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

30
739 564
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
1,248 1,459
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
736 940
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
839 781
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

34
951 1,140
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

35
1,299 1,567
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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36
1,049 1,441
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
1,048 1,283
Prince is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

38
1,245 1,362
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
284 169
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
1,262 1,368
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
970 1,363
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
702 828
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

Rappers Who Put on the Greatest Live Shows, Ranked

43
495 667
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
327 275
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
867 737
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

46
665 765
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
396 367
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
561 559
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
292 219
Cream is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

50
792 1,210
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog