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The Greatest Live Bands of All Time

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List Criteria: 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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    most listed
    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  2. 2
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    - 1,696

    the people's #1
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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  3. 3
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    - 1,455
    The Who 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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  4. 4
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    - 1,563


    Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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  5. 5
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Bruce Springsteen 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Jimi Hendrix 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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  9. 9
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    - 1,551


    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  10. 10
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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  11. 11
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    - 1,600


    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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  12. 12
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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  13. 13
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  14. 14
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    often listed
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  15. 15
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    Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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  16. 16
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    Pearl Jam 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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  17. 17
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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    - 97
    The Arcana 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time


    The Arcana Pop/Rock

  19. 19
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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  20. 20
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    Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    - 1,046


    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    added by ChristineNewman
    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by mainpleine
    Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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    - 439

    ranked low on reranks & added by midnightq2
    Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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    added by hayleigh.hesketh
    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    added by mrblond
    Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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  33. 33
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    - 977


    Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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    - 908


    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    - 848


    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    - 717

    added by misterp01
    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    - 777


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    - 942

    often listed
    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    - 607


    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    - 347

    ranked low on reranks & added by golddustwoman
    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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  43. 43
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    - 563


    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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  44. 44
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    - 567

    added by mrblond
    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  45. 45
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    - 466

    added by Dismalhead
    Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    added by mafitzer
    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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    ranked low on reranks & added by fonkeemonkee
    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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  50. 50
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    Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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