70s The Greatest Classic Rock Bands  

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List Rules Rock artists who got their start in the 1960s or 70s

The greatest classic rock bands of all time embody the spirit of a generation of people who just wanted to rock. These top classic rock bands include some of the best live acts of all time and man, did they rock hard. For those who got to see these amazing classic rock bands live, you'll surely understand how they earned the title of best classic rock band; for those who missed out, they'll simply remain the bands you wish you could have seen live.

These top classic rock bands were all hit-makers of their time and have rightfully earned a spot on this list of legends. Some of these famous bands have devoted followers decades after they called it quits (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd), some are considered icons of music (singers like Eric Clapton and bands like The Beatles, Queen), and some are even still touring (Rolling Stones, Aerosmith) despite the AARP status of their core members. These old school rock bands are still rocking, what have you done with your life? 

What are the best old rock bands? You decide! This list of good classic rock bands is here for you so you can vote on who should be the greatest classic rock band of all time. Don't think one of the bands here should even be in the running for top classic rock band? Vote them down! And if you don't see your favorite classic rock band on the list, make sure to add them to the list so other people can discover classic rock artists who may mean something to them. 

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Led Zeppelin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin II

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The Beatles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Beatles Abbey Road, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Pink Floyd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Pink Floyd The Wall, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

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Queen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Queen A Night at the Opera, Queen, Innuendo

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The Rolling Stones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed, Exile on Main St., Sticky Fingers

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The Who 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Who Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia

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The Doors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doors The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

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AC/DC 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
AC/DC Back in Black, Highway to Hell, Let There Be Rock

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love

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Black Sabbath 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Black Sabbath Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

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Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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Aerosmith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

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Lynyrd Skynyrd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

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Deep Purple 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Deep Purple Machine Head, Live in Japan, Deep Purple in Rock

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Cream 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Cream Disraeli Gears, The Very Best of Cream, Fresh Cream

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Van Halen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

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Fleetwood Mac 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

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Rush 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Rush Moving Pictures, 2112, Hemispheres

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ZZ Top 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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The Kinks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Kinks The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire), The Kink Kronikles

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Journey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

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The Beach Boys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

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Eric Clapton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard, Crossroads, Pilgrim

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David Bowie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs

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The Police 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta

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Boston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

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The Arcana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Arcana Tomorrow is Yesterday, Ghostwriter, Flying High

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Santana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

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The Allman Brothers Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

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Foreigner 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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Bad Company 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bad Company Bad Company, What You Hear Is What You Get: The Best of Bad Company, Burnin' Sky

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Jethro Tull 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Jethro Tull Aqualung, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album, Thick as a Brick

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Heart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

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Genesis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis, Foxtrot

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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby^! Stills & Nash

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Def Leppard 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Def Leppard Hysteria, Pyromania, On Through the Night

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Scorpions 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Scorpions Blackout, Love at First Sting, Animal Magnetism

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Blue Öyster Cult 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

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Styx 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

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Electric Light Orchestra 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue, Time, A New World Record

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Elton John 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Disney's Sing-Along: The Lion King, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

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Kiss 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

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Chicago 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Chicago Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be

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Steve Miller Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

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Yes 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Yes Fragile, Close to the Edge, 90125

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Simon and Garfunkel 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence, Bookends

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The Doobie Brothers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits