Greatest Classic Rock Bands Ever


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1Led Zeppelin

There are bands that don't have a single other band to even come close to them. Led Zeppelin had some of the greatest guitar solos the world has ever seen. Jimmy Page re-defined the way people play the guitar. Robert Plant is the greatest screamer ever. He actually sounds good. John Paul Jones was the fastest bassist trying to keep up with Jimmy when he did a guitar solo. Not many people could do that. And then you've got the greatest drummer ever who sat behind a drum kit. His solo in Rock and Roll is one of the greatest I've ever heard. And that brings me o my final quote: LED ZEPPELIN RULE!

the musical composition level is magnific.. they put more material in an song than any other band.
Every song is a great song.
Classic rock, blues, incredible ballads, acoustic, hard rock and even reggae and folk style songs.
Incredible guitar, bass, vocals and drums.

This band showed astounding talent in every aspect of music. Listen to any of their songs to listen to Robert Plant's triple octive voice. Listen to Kashmir or Moby Dick to hear John Bonham's drum skills or The Lemon Song to hear one of the greatest bass lines ever.

If you want to hear some great guitar, listen to Stairway, Achilles Last Stand, Since I've Been Loving You, and many many others.

They are Zeppelin, and not many bands can say they can match the pure talent, creativity, and variety that they have.

We will never see the likes of Led Zeppelin or Queen ever again as the music industry is now too commercialised and has lost any originality at all. It sounds like it could have been made in a factory.

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Over the years my taste in music has been redefined many times. It all came to a rest at Queen. The pure musicianship of every single member of this amazing band shows that they are the greatest band ever. Each member is credited for writing at least one #1 hit, even the bass and drummer. That is no surprise when you look at each one though. John Deacon has some of the most iconic bass lines ever. Roger Taylor with his intricate drum fills and an incredible voice which could have (and did) front a band of his own.
Brian May, while also having an incredible voice, is one of the greatest guitarists ever. Not to mention he has a PHD in Astrophysics.
Then we come to Freddie Mercury. A legend among legends. Freddie's voice was so powerful and had a range that most singers only dream of acquiring. He is listed as one of the greatest frontman in history, which is no surprise to anyone who has seen it in person or on video. His death will be mourned for many more years.
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Freddy Mercury was a true performer, and probably still would be if he were still here. His song writing skills were shing there brightest with Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the greatest songs ever. -

Amazing Band! Comprised of highly skilled musicians who could write "albums" worth of stellar material every time. The rhythm section of John Deacon and Roger Taylor was known as the "Sonic Volcano" in the 70's. Brian May remains one of the most influential guitarists of all time. What has to be said about Freddie Mercury? Anyone who knows anything about great music knows who he is, what he has done, and how great he was. 5 star band!

Queen's great, but they are a tad overrated. I mean, no matter how good they are, they are NOT better than Pink Floyd, The Doors, Black Sabbath, The Who and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

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3The Beatles

Even a poor african child could name you a beatles song

The Beatles are THE best band in history. Rock and roll was slowly disappearing, but then The Beatles started. These guys just about saved rock and roll. If you like The Rolling Stones, then you've got to like The Beatles. I mean, The Beatles and The Stones were friends, and The Beatles gave The Stones their first single. Every song by The Beatles is excellent (even Revolution 9 and Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey). The Beatles had enough songs to keep them rolling 'till TODAY. I mean, just imagine if Imagine, Live And Let Die, and My Sweet Lord were Beatles songs. These are some of the biggest songs in history, and they would have been Beatles songs had The Beatles not split up. It's obvious: THE Beatles SHOULD HAVE BEEN #1 ON THIS LIST. THEY ARE THE BEST BAND IN HISTORY. PERIOD.

they should have been #1 come on this band inspired so many people how can you not love them

Kansas is so much better in my opinion

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4Pink Floyd

Roger Waters is one of the few true musical geniuses. Acompanied by a great guitarist in David Gilmour, along with Richard Wright and Nick Mason. Pink Floyd ruled the sound waves of the 70's with top notch albums and unforgettable live performances. -

I think Animals or Wish You Were Here was their best albums. Although I'm obsessed with the concept of The Wall, that and Dark Side, are frankly, over played. Animals definitely had a lot more effort put into the songs and concept. Heck each song (Other than Pigs On The Wing, Part 1 & 2), are all over 10 mins long. Every song on that album is like it's own separate story. People should give Animals more credit than they do.

Pink Floyd is like that one band that if you show someone the logo for Dark Side, they'll say "Oh yeah that band, Pink Floyd right? " Everybody knows it. For example take The Wall, listen to "Another Brick In The Wall Part One, Two and Three." All three in a row. They blend seamlessly. Listen to the whole album, nonstop. Each song blends perfectly into the next. Pink Floyd brought the famous "If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding". I'm sorry but who the heck hasn't heard that at least once in their life? For most, it's avoided with an exception for Dark Side. I hate to say this but... Pink Floyd should take the number one spot, as should The Wall compared to Dark Side. "Mother do you think they'll the drop the bomb? Mother do you think they'll like this song? " -Pink Floyd, Mother, The Wall.

Pink Floyd is amazing! This is the definition of prog rock. They pushed the boundaries of music and created some mind-blowing songs. Positively genius. These songs will stay with you.

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The critics say AC/DC songs sound the same. Tell me, does BACK IN BLACK (1980), For Those About to Rock (1981) sound like Rock and Roll Train (2009) and Rock Or Bust(2014)? Their sound is theirs. It's that AC/DC sound that only the Young brothers can produce. It's actually a subset of rock n roll. You have metal, blues, Rock, Pop, and AC/DC. Plus, they have never made music for the critics. They make it for their Fans. Put it this way: if AC/DC ever listened to their critics at least ONE TIME, I believe they wouldn't be where they are today. Still making music for soundtracks. Still selling out stadiums at world record pace. I get a kick out of those who say "oh they're losing a step. They're getting old". Haha! Of course! They're human! But losing a step? I disagree. If they lose a step then they're hiding it very well. Not bad for guys in their 60's pushing 70! I can barely get out of bed at 40 sometimes but here they are rocking still. Numbers don't lie and neither do the ...more

What makes them great? Their shows and their longevity. While other older bands understandably slow down over the years, this group keeps pumping out anthem like music. Catchy rock music that could have been hits in the Rock n Roll heyday of the 80's and 90's. With that said, in the 21st Century alone they've won a Grammy and the Black Ice Tour was the 4th largest tour in HISTORY. Black Ice sold more albums world wide besides Cold Play. In 2007 AC/DC sold 3 million albums yet hadn't produced new songs in 8 YEARS at that point. If you don't think these aging rockers are still relavent then please check out the Live @ Rivee Plate. Their stage presence is as good as ever. Johnson is in terrific shape and they play to the frenzied crowd like never before. And, This is the AC/DC that could be retired and people would understand. Now: they have Rock Or Bust. Tickets sold so fast for European tour that it broke Guinness world records for most sales in least time. 1.75 million tickets in less ...more

Greatest Band ever (i can't believe Angus Young was voted # 96 on the top 100 guitarists, shouldve been in the top 10)

AC/DC is a bit overrated. Their only good songs are Back in Black and Highway to Hell. It's one of those bands where the most popular songs are the best, and the other aren't worth listening to.

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6The Rolling Stones

With Mick Jaggar and Kieth Richards at the song writing helms, The Rolling Stones produced hit after hit in the 60's and 70'sto become one of the most influential bands ever. -

WTF... stones after Cheap trick?
you gotta be kiddin' me
The rolling stones... it does'nt get any better than that.

The Rolling Stones are pure genius! Why are they after Queen and AC/DC? Have you heard Wild Horses? Sympathy for the Devil? Gimme Shelter? Paint It Black? These are some of the best songs ever! Doesn't get any better guys

Without a doubt, the best of all time!

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7The Who

These guys were basically the first to introduce synthsisers, something that most everyone else has relied on in their music. This band has tested rock time and time again and they have revolutionized it, creating some of the best and most favorite Classic Rock songs of all time. It is even said that Led Zepplin and many other British originated groups and singers, including U2, were influenced by these guys. The band includes one of the greatest guitarist, greatest drummer, and greatest bassist of all time. There is a reason they have been around for nearly fifty years and continue to perform.

This bands music has withstood the test of time. From My Generation to Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who have epitomized what rock and roll should be. -

The Who is iconic with 4 of the greatest at their individual instruments/ vocals meshing within for my money the greatest rock and roll songwriter of all time Pete Townshend's writing. Equally briliant both live and in the studio. There is nothing within the genre thatThe Who does not excel or or in many cases invented or were the first to do. On a deserted island give me Quadrophenia/Who's Next/Tommy/Live at Leeds and I will survive and maintain my sanity, perspective and outlook.

Amazing band, with amazing drummer! ( keith moon

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There's a reason they call them America's Greatest Rock n' Roll Band! Listen to:
Dream On
Train Kept-A-Rollin'
Sweet Emotion
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
Rag Doll
Janie's Got a Gun
I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing

The Bad Boys From Boston came into the rock-n-roll scene in 1970 and the rest is history. Aerosmith reached the rock pinnacle early and stayed late. -

Great band! I love their songs! ALL OF THEM! - usmcmike43

Um, no. The only good song by Aerosmith is Dream On. All of the others are classic bad 80s music. Not worth listening to.

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9Black Sabbath

No one had the hard, heavy, grinding sound like these guys back in those days and I love it!

Easily the greatest classic rock band, even the most influential (other than the hendrix himself) - HighSkoolArtist

This band should be right their with zeppelin had two great singers and Toni can play guitar left handed with missing bits of finger and they are the godfathers of metal this band is ledgendary

Should be number 2

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Journey is one of the most under rated bands. Neil Shone, Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry wrote some of Rock's best known hit's. Perry has been called "The Voice". Neil Shone is as good a guitar player as any & Cain a master on keyboards. Journey is Rock & Roll!

Journey above Aerosmith? That's nuts. Journey belongs somewhere around 60-80. Aerosmith is top 10 with out question.

The Greatest band ever Steve Perry has such a beautiful voice

Journey is so over rated

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The Contenders

11The Doors

Their music is absolutley timeless and their music is more unique than any other that I can think of. Not too mention they had arguably the greatest frontman in music history.

This band changed the world, their influence is everywhere, in the music you hear on the radio, in the way poets and writers think, in the stars who don't watch their language on live T.V. , in the attitudes of the people you meet and literally EVERYWHERE!

When their debut album came in 1967, it was the first time they totally reinvented the rock culture, but it surely wasn't the last!

If you love rock music and understand some intelligent poetry, you can't deny they are the best band ever, everything about them was magic! Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Rolling Stoned etc are all great, but when considering the best and not the greatest, hand down, The Doors at #1!

R.I. P Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.

Musicians better than most of their peers, one of the best front man ever and lyrics socially relevant on a higher intellectual level than the dungeons and dragons fantasy lyrics of groups like Led Zeppelin. The doors are the greatest band of all times!

Gad, the most overrated rock band of all time. Without a doubt, the #1 most over rated band of all time!

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12The Eagles

One of the highest album selling bands in history, The Eagles showed the world what a real band should be. -

Producing great music from the first minute, these guys took it to the limit! Made many legendary songs like Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights etc. Etc. One of the best bands ever in rock, true legends!

By far the best of the best. Not just great vocals and harmonies, but superior overall musicians and instrumentalists. The best withstands the test of time.

This band does not deserve the fame it gets.

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13Deep Purple

Listen to Deep Purple In Rock. It set the standard for all hard rock and has arguably never been done better... Period

There was no better band than this one, ever.

Deep Purple is the best rock band and fools don't like it.

If you like any of these bands for sure you will like deep purple

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14Guns 'n' Roses

They haven't been quite the same since all the original members except Axl Rose left the band, but they rocked. Listen to:
It's So Easy
Welcome to the Jungle
Sweet Child o' Mine
Paradise City
You Could be Mine
November Rain
Knockin' on Heaven's Door

The best rock bands that ever lived, they will give you all what you want in their songs, the best male vocal every axl along with the best guitarist ever slash, makes an epic due for an epic band

Rude, cruel, bad boys band but romantic melodies rock song, axl roses with his act on the stage and slash with his deadly guitar scream. What a wonderful moment

Yeah you are right Knocking on heaven's door is one of the most epic songs I've ever heard

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15The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jimi Hendrix had the potential to rule the rock scene for decades, but his unfortunate young death put an early end to his career. -

Jimi hendrix greatest guitar player ever, nuff said

On the seventh day God created Jimi Hendrix!

Jimi Hendrix. That is all

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16Lynyrd Skynyrd

Introducing the world to hardcore southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd was at the top of the mountain until a plane crash in 1977 prominently influenced the band to break up. Ten years later the band reformed with the former lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant's brothers taking over the vocal duties. -

Hard for me to not go with Pink Floyd, but I enjoying listening to lynyrd skynyrd slightly more, if the plane crash never happened, in my opinion, lynyrd skynyrd would be top 5.

Greatest band to ever play. Ronnie Van Zants song writing abillity and lead vocals, steve gaines, allen collins, and gary rossington produced the greatest guitar solos of all time. There is no such thing as a bad Skynyrd song. Only band that even comes close to Skynyrd is zeppelin. Free Bird greatest song of all time

Should be top 5...

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17Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi is my favourite band of all time. I have not found a single Bon Jovi song that I don't like, loads of their songs have got me hooked and its mainly the reason I got into rock. They are the reason rock is my favourite genre of all time and I'm into a lot of 80's and 90's hard rock. They have had me hooked for over a year and I can't get enough. Jon Bon Jovi is one of the nicest guys you could meet. They are a talented group of gentlemen that have given us the greatest music for 30 years and I hope to see them around for many years to come.

Bon Jovi has and still is putting out the best rock music in the world. His most famous songs from Livin' on a prayer is expected to be heard by. Not listening to this and another couple songs are not like watching the Matrix or like not hearing Don't stop believin'. The lyrics of Bon Jovi speak truth and encourage many people. Unlike some other bands Bon Jovi are still living and playing. Not only does Bon Jovi make a ton of great hit songs they are aslo activist's and help the community. Bon Jovi sold many, many, many records when recording and was said to put on some of the best concerts of that time.

One of the few classic bands that's still puttin' out descent music! Listen to:
You Give Love a Bad Name
Livin' on a Prayer
Wanted Dead or Alive
It's My Life
Who Says You Can't Go Home
We Weren't Born to Follow
Because We Can

Shot through the heart, and you're too late! You give love, a bad name!

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As far as classic rock bands go Rush is very very very very very very good. I mean it is very impossible to play like them and their music is more than music I know this stuff because my dad learned off the internet how to get songs on your ipod playlist on your car radio so I hear a lot of old songs even though I am only turning 13 in a week and a half.

Give me a break. Why is The Who anywhere close to Rush? Same with Heart, Journey, and the Beatles, I just don't understand how any band especially the ones I've listed, could top off Rush. The only band that comes anywhere close to Rush is Van Halen, but they're half as good at best. Rush has by far the most variety, The most music, and I honestly haven't heard a rush song that I don't like. RUSH FOR LIFE!

They were highly regarded by very positioned and prestigious musicians 40 years ago and now they are revered as the greatest musicians of all time by not their fans but by the most credible critic's... Real iconic musicians that do not have one small complaint. Who dare would cast doubt on the greatest musicians of all time hand's down. Rush humbly continues to be even better after 47 years... No other act on the entire list can lay claim to that longevity of commercial success... No one... Not even close no matter how l9ng you try to explain... Rush is still there turning out new and full studio albums then backing them up with sold out shows at the highest dollar around the world... Beatles never done that... Stones never done that... U2 never done that... Acdc never done that... Aerosmith never done that... Metallic never done that... Maiden never done that... Hendrix never done that cream never done that the who never done that... Only one I would consider close would be Neil ...more

Rush has the greatest bass and drummer and some of the best songs ever enough said.

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19Creedence Clearwater Revival

CCR are one of the greatest bands of all time! Number 21?!?!? They deserve to be in the in the top 10

I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?

Hell yeah! CCR kick ass definitely deserve a higher spot on this list

A mediocre West Coast band that did a fair job of pretending to be from Louisiana.

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20Van Halen

Eddie is the best guitarist, David is the yes vocalist, Mike is the best bassist, and Alex isn't the best, but he's got some skills-Van Halen is an unbeatable band.

Many forget about this band, Eddie Van Halen Is One Of The Greatest Guitarists Ever, When They had David Lee Roth, They Were Unbeatable.... Many #1 Hits, Inducted Into the Rock N' Roll Hall Of fame... Greatest Band Ever - VanHalen88

I totally agree! Eddie is the greatest guitarist whose ever lived! And yes, with David, they were the best! Too bad egos got in the way. - b-bar*

Number 23? Really? This band deserves to be in the top 3.

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