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Best Of 2012 The Best Live Bands of 2012  

Adam Tyler
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The best live bands of 2012 include many well-established musicians and some newcomers. Whether it's the straight up rocking live shows of music vets like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band or Neil Young & Crazy Horse, or the new, unique, bluesy sounds of the Alabama Shakes, each band or musician on this list gave everything to fans at live shows in 2012. Who do you think deserves the title of best live band of 2012? Time to vote! Also, if you saw a great live band this year that isn't listed, be sure to add them.

A truly great live band manages to inhabit the stage completely, capturing an audience's attention and keeping it for hours. Whether it's catchy pop songs or long, meandering jams, the best live bands in 2012 brought it all to the stage. Some of the bands listed here were headliners at major music festivals, including the likes of Coachella, Pink Pop, Bonnaroo and the New Orleans JazzFest. Attending these sorts of festivals can be an excellent way to discover new and exciting live acts.

Not every band on this list was a headliner in 2012. Some, like the Alabama Shakes, opened up for much more well-known acts (like Neil Young & Crazy Horse). But every great band starts somewhere, right? Muse, for example, opened for U2 on the 360 Tour a few years back. Now, the band is lighting up stadiums all over the world as the featured performer.

Enjoy thgis list of 2012's best live bands, and be sure to add your favorite acts too.

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Muse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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29 19
Iron Maiden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
PitsarisStefanos added Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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35 29
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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28 27
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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25 25
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
AARGH added Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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Arctic Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Arctic Monkeys Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
dan808 added Faith No More Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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24 29
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
The Black Keys Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Avenged Sevenfold Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

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Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
ShelbyTyler added Imagine Dragons Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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7 11
Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
AARGH added Jane's Addiction Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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8 13
Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Alabama Shakes Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Rapture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Rapture Acid house, Dance-punk, Rock music

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AWOLNATION is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
AWOLNATION Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

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7 12
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
AARGH added Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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Pulp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Pulp Indie pop, Britpop, Alternative rock

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10 16
Two Door Cinema Club is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Two Door Cinema Club Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Radiohead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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5 10
Incubus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
AARGH added Incubus Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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8 14
Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Buzzcocks Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

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8 14
Five Finger Death Punch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Five Finger Death Punch Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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14 22
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Mumford & Sons Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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7 13
Santigold is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Santigold Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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12 20
The Hives is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
The Hives Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

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12 20
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

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12 20
Korn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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6 12
Beirut is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Beirut Pop music, Folk music, World music

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6 12
The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
The Avett Brothers Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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7 14
Kasabian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Kasabian Neo-progressive rock, Space rock, Rock music

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4 10
Matthew Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
OlexanderG added Matthew Bellamy Progressive metal, Rock music, Space rock

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6 13
Flying Lotus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
Flying Lotus Hip hop music, Dubstep, Trip hop

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Gary Clark, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
AARGH added Gary Clark, Jr. Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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5 12
The Shins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
The Shins Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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5 12
The Black Angels is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
The Black Angels Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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5 12
My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
My Morning Jacket Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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5 12
EMA is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
EMA

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The Soul Rebels Brass Band is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012
The Soul Rebels Brass Band Rock music, Hip Hop, Rhythm and blues