bands / musicians Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?  

Ryan Carlquist
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List Rules Vote up the superstars you HAVE to see perform before you miss your chance; vote down the ones you'd rather pass on.

There's a certain energy associated with a live performance that just can't be replicated or synthesized by a single album. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that many music legends are getting a bit too old to continue to tour as vigorously as they once did, and there are only so many years left for fans to see them at their best. These industry trailblazers are found in every genre, from blues to jazz, rock and roll, pop, folk, hip hop, country, heavy metal - the list goes on.

People tend to put off going to live shows, assuming they'll have another opportunity to see superstar performances down the line. But as time goes on, more and more artists are announcing farewell tours or abruptly stopping altogether as they get older, which means time is running out for fans to experience these musical giants in person. According to the HUD, when you hit 55 you've officially earned your senior discount, so it's imperative to rush out to see these legends before an old folks home claims another victim. 

Here are some of the most legendary musicians and groups (with lead members over 55 years old) who are still gracing us with their musical presence - excluding those groups that have become shells of their former selves after losing members that most represented their sound.

Vote up the performers you're dying to see (before it's too late), and vote down those you wouldn't mind missing out on. 

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74 59
Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

2
67 57
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

3
60 52
Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Elton John Pop music, Rock music, Piano rock

4
60 54
The Rolling Stones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
The Rolling Stones Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

5
56 56
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
50 58
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

7
50 58
Stevie Wonder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Stevie Wonder Motown Sound, Psychedelic soul, Pop music

8
45 54
The Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

9
48 60
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

10
41 52
Heart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

11
46 60
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
The Eagles Rhythm and blues

12
40 53
Journey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

13
44 59
Billy Joel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Billy Joel Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

14
41 55
Robert Plant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Robert Plant Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21 Musicians Who Are (Supposedly) in the Illuminati

15
38 52
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

16
42 58
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

17
44 61
U2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

18
30 41
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

19
32 44
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

20
44 62
Phil Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Phil Collins Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

21
31 44
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

The Best Rock Vocalists

22
45 66
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

23
40 59
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

24
37 55
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

25
30 45
Cher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

26
24 36
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

27
37 56
Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Carlos Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Pop music

28
35 53
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

Musicians And Bands Who Don't Allow Phones At Their Shows

29
27 42
Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Diana Ross

30
32 51
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

31
33 54
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

32
32 54
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

33
35 59
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

34
28 50
Earth, Wind & Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Earth, Wind & Fire Disco, Rock music, Black metal

35
29 52
Peter Gabriel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Peter Gabriel New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

36
24 44
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

37
24 44
Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Rod Stewart New Wave, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

38
31 57
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

39
17 35
Lionel Richie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Lionel Richie Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

40
24 47
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

41
24 47
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

42
21 42
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

Musicians Who Went To Rehab

43
21 42
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

44
28 54
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Van Morrison Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

45
15 32
Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Jimmy Buffett Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

46
22 44
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

47
22 44
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

48
22 44
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

49
19 39
Peter Frampton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Peter Frampton Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

50
26 51
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Which Bands Or Musicians Do You Most Want To See Before They (Or You) Kick The Bucket?
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music