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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
4,275 2,813
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
3,412 2,445
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
2,564 2,089
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
2,727 2,258
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
2,558 2,295
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
1,901 2,159
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
1,824 2,346
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

8
1,597 2,335
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
1,545 1,893
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,624 2,350
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

11
1,423 1,596
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
1,623 2,042
Rush is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

13
1,125 1,310
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
1,242 1,740
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

15
1,084 1,797
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

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16
1,241 1,365
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

17
1,217 1,709
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

18
1,199 1,625
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

19
1,283 2,068
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
851 664
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mainpleine added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

21
1,011 1,189
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
729 894
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
1,091 1,425
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

24
849 1,138
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
813 1,011
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
885 924
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
770 943
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
1,083 1,311
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

29
711 675
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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30
880 1,076
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
937 1,338
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

32
585 489
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
golddustwoman added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

33
641 845
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

34
834 1,043
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
1,080 1,257
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ChristineNewman added Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

36
1,116 1,438
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

37
907 1,181
Prince is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

38
1,131 1,242
Muse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

39
241 104
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

40
804 624
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

41
842 1,271
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
630 751
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

43
170 93
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tom Islava added Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

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44
432 590
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mafitzer added Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

45
324 306
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
238 211
Santana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

47
465 588
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
555 700
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
680 1,138
Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

50
258 285
Yes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Yes Rock music, Experimental rock, Pop rock