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
5,634 3,440
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
4,377 2,943
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
3,606 2,710
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
3,231 2,622
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
3,246 2,800
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
2,457 2,644
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

7
2,149 2,892
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,295 2,889
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
2,036 2,238
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,841 2,050
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
2,045 2,876
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

12
1,548 1,707
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

13
1,430 2,109
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
2,061 2,407
Rush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

15
1,652 2,444
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
1,618 2,102
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

17
1,550 1,972
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

18
1,631 1,985
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

19
1,423 962
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
1,363 1,470
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21
1,582 1,605
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

22
1,102 1,329
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
1,051 1,218
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

24
1,033 1,134
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
1,445 1,681
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

26
1,217 1,108
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
939 1,101
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

28
517 253
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

29
1,116 1,245
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

30
1,088 1,212
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

31
1,169 1,363
Prince is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

32
1,148 1,516
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

33
967 860
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

34
852 640
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

35
807 1,032
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

36
1,390 1,659
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

37
1,333 1,579
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

38
389 228
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

39
1,368 1,429
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
1,081 1,436
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

41
1,381 1,470
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
587 735
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
495 410
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

44
773 889
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

45
331 265
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music

46
401 325
Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

47
753 828
Def Leppard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

48
647 612
Journey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ginac02013 added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

49
365 260
Cream is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

50
388 387
Yes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock