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
5,367 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
4,252 2,876
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

3
3,496 2,654
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

4
3,144 2,557
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Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

5
3,166 2,743
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

6
2,396 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
2,095 2,831
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,232 2,829
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Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
1,968 2,205
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Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,794 1,989
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 2,810
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Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

12
1,500 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 2,368
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,389 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
1,601 2,385
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

16
1,581 2,063
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Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

17
1,576 1,944
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
1,357 930
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

19
1,507 1,943
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

20
1,541 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
1,316 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
1,068 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
1,403 1,649
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

24
992 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
1,003 1,196
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

26
1,166 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
480 239
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
910 1,081
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
1,091 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
1,043 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
932 835
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
819 619
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
1,118 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
1,130 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
356 204
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

36
792 1,008
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

37
1,314 1,551
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 1,631
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

39
1,334 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 1,422
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 1,445
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
569 716
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
462 397
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

44
747 876
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

45
732 812
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
628 599
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
376 317
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
343 248
Cream is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

50
842 1,264
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog