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
4,978 3,207
Queen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Queen Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

2
3,983 2,749
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
2,967 2,432
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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

4
3,250 2,530
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
2,984 2,614
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
2,264 2,468
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
1,952 2,670
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
2,109 2,685
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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

9
1,834 2,119
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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

10
1,412 1,534
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

11
1,674 1,863
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
1,868 2,677
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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

13
1,879 2,274
Rush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

14
1,287 1,975
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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15
1,237 859
The Beatles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
doremifasola added The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

16
1,479 1,838
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
1,473 1,959
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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

18
1,419 1,881
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
1,483 2,271
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
1,448 1,518
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
1,206 1,362
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
1,301 1,573
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
919 1,053
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
401 190
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Joseph Baffi added Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

25
991 1,262
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

26
1,079 1,030
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

27
932 1,140
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

28
854 1,026
Deep Purple is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
mrblond added Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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29
1,029 1,171
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
749 569
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
1,255 1,470
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
852 786
Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
midnightq2 added Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

33
744 949
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
962 1,149
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
1,310 1,574
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
1,060 1,290
Prince is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

37
1,056 1,452
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

38
1,256 1,368
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
291 176
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
979 1,369
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

41
1,267 1,378
Muse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
hayleigh.hesketh added Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

42
711 834
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

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43
505 673
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
410 370
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

45
334 277
Santana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

46
677 770
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
571 562
Journey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
ginac02013 added Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

48
868 746
The Arcana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

49
300 223
Cream is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cream Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

50
262 224
Electric Light Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
slaft added Electric Light Orchestra Synthpop, Pop music, Rock music