music 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

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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! 

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

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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

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Pink Floyd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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The Who Popular music, Pop music, Rock music

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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

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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

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Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Metallica 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Kiss 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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Van Halen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Doors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Paul McCartney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Rush 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Rush Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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Guns N' Roses 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Iron Maiden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Iron Maiden New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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Nirvana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Prince 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop, New Wave

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Aerosmith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Michael Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music, Electronic music

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Foo Fighters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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David Bowie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Lynyrd Skynyrd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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Radiohead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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Elvis Presley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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Green Day 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Deep Purple 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heavy metal

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The Allman Brothers Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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The Beatles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Beatles Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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Alice Cooper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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Red Hot Chili Peppers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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Grateful Dead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Neil Young 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Muse 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Muse Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Clash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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Cheap Trick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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Black Sabbath 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock, Power metal

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The Arcana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music, Baroque pop/rock

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Dire Straits 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Kinks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music, Rock music

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Bon Jovi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Genesis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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Def Leppard 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Beach Boys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Ray Charles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Ray Charles Soul blues, Pop music, Rock music

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James Brown 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
James Brown Hip hop music, Doo-wop, Pop music