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

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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The Who Popular music, Pop music Rock music

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Pink Floyd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock Experimental rock

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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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Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music Experimental rock

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Metallica 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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

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U2 Rock music, Alternative rock Punk rock

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The Doors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music Protopunk

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Kiss 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Van Halen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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David Bowie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
David Bowie Rock music, Psychedelic pop Electronic music

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Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge Post-grunge

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Iron Maiden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Arcana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Arcana Rock music, Pop music Baroque pop/rock

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Guns N' Roses 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music

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Paul McCartney 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Paul McCartney Pop music, Rock music Experimental rock

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Nirvana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge Alternative rock

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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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Foo Fighters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge Post-grunge

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Red Hot Chili Peppers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk Rock music

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul Rock music

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Elvis Presley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music Rock music

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Lynyrd Skynyrd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock Boogie rock

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

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Black Sabbath 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Black Sabbath Doom metal, Blues-rock Power metal

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Michael Jackson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Michael Jackson Motown Sound, Rock music Electronic music

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Muse 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Muse Space rock, Rock music Electronic music

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Deep Purple 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Deep Purple Blues-rock, Classic rock Heavy metal

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Green Day 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music Alternative rock

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Prince 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Prince Hip hop music, Synthpop New Wave

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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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Alice Cooper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock Shock rock

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Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Eagles Country pop, Rock music Folk rock

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The Allman Brothers Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock Rock music

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Radiohead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Radiohead Rock music, Electronic music New Prog

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Neil Young 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock Grunge

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Dire Straits 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock Rock music

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Fleetwood Mac 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music Rock music

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Ramones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music Classic Punk

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Def Leppard 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Def Leppard Glam metal, Rock music Heavy metal

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Genesis 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Genesis Rock music, Pop rock Soft rock

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The Clash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Clash Hip hop music, Pop punk New Wave

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Bon Jovi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music

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Cheap Trick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal New Wave

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Tool 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
Tool Post-metal, Metal Progressive metal

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The Kinks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Live Bands of All Time
The Kinks Music hall, Pop music Rock music