Greatest Classic Rock Bands Ever

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21Van HalenVan Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

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

Van Halen has some of the most infamous songs in rock history out there, but we do have to remember, this is one of those rare bands that have more than one hit. In fact, they have a good handful of songs that you can call your favorite, definitely not a one hit wonder!

How is van Halen below deep purple! They should be in the top ten at least!

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22Judas PriestJudas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date.

A great influence for all scenarios, been in their show REALLY good! - Farctow

With the permission of Black Sabbath, the most influential metal band ever existed.

Judas Priest isn't exactly classic rock, it's heavy metal, but these guys are epic. - airplain313

Totally above just real good

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23Motley CrueMötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

What can I say except listen to:
Primal Scream
Shout at the Devil
Saints of Los Angeles
Dr. Feelgood
Kickstart My Heart
Wild Side
Looks That Kill
S.O.S. (Same Ol' Situation)
Home Sweet Home

This is a great band I'm surprised there not higher

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24HeartHeart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

One of the most brilliant bands, and also the most under appreciated. Ann's crazy voice combined with Nancy's amazing guitar skills! What more could you want? Heart should definitely make the top ten. They gave us barracuda. Need I say more?

Heart rocks! Ann's voice and Nancy's guitar was a killer combination!

Everyone should love Heart if you don't you have no taste in good music

I have loved heart forever. I went to their concert when I was seven and have been in love with the band ever since

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25The Grateful DeadThe Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances ...read more.

A Grateful Dead concert is unlike any other. I saw then in the form of Dead & Company, and it was awesome! Every song is complimented by a long, improvised jam while the deadheads with dreadlocks dance. I've seen more dudes on acid that night than I will ever see again - ryanrimmel

Fun and always different. Live shows are an adventure. I miss you Jerry!

Biggest live audiences, most live shows, most dedicated fans.

There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert!

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26BostonBoston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, that achieved their most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s.

Best band Ever. Some of the other bands are okay. Some I've never heard of. Their music creates the most unique and amazing sound ever that no band could ever recreated. First 2 seconds I hear them, I know for a fact its them. I could literally listen to their music all day everyday without ever getting sick of it. That's when you know a band is good. When you don't get tired of hearing them. Sib Hashian, greatest afro in history. Rest in peace Brad Delp. Any true Boston fan will remember you forever.

Boston I think in my opinion is a great classic rock band because Boston isn't too hard rock but just enough classic rock and rock and roll to create the perfect combo. Plus their first and second album were definitely the best. After that it was ok, with the exception of Amanda, that was a great song!

Brad Delp is right there with Freddie Mercury in his vocal abilities, and their sound is perfect with the rest of everything else. I have more than a feeling that Boston is ranked too low on this list.

Peace of mind is AWESOME

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27Def LeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Number 105 (at this time) disgraceful! Should AT LEAST be top 10! I recommend pour some sugar on me, rocket, animal and photograph!

This is the greatest band of all time! They have a drummer, Rick Allen (the Thunder God), who had his left arm amputated, and he's still a badass drummer! Plus, Rock of Ages!

best band. i have a photograph and do u have a photograph too? - ronluna

Their are a lot of great bands ahead of definitely Leppard on this list. The question is, which groups dominated an era (sound, sales, and influence) like Leppard did for a decade?

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28MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

One of the most influential acts of the 20th century. This band left its brutal mark on the music industry and metal as a whole and it is still there today. Without a doubt one of the greatest bands to have ever existed.

35? You're joking right? This band is one of and will always be one of the greatest Rock bands out there. I literally cringed when I saw this at 35. This band is better than most that are higher up in this chart. With songs like For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Unforgiven, Wnter Sandman, whiskey in the jar and covers such as Am I evil? And Tuesdays Gone this band seems to be FAR MORE UNDERRATED than it should be. Outstanding vocals, Bass, guitar and drums I see no reason why this band isn't a great one. Metallica!

124! So much for a band which has enthralled millions over a couple of decades. Might not be the best but should at least be in top 25. Hope sense will prevail here soon.

Idiots. Metallica aren't classic rock.

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29Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

The best band, my life would have no sense without the mac, you would never brake the chain becose the mac is back in 2012

The mix of the masters Lindsey Bucking ham Mick Fleetwood, Stivie Nicks - FrankDuffey

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30CreamCream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton.

Very underrated band. Jack Bruce was a god on bass! And Ginger Baker was a king on drums! And Clapton was a boss on guitar!

Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitarists to ever Grace us with his presence. Definitely up there with Townshend and Hendrix.

Sunshine of your love! How much more classic than that?

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31Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

These artiest should be in with the Eagles. With all their talent and song writing like Ohio, Southern Man. Just wish they had more albums like 4 Way Street

Probably the greatest anti-war band of the Vietnam era. Ohio was a rallying call.

32Alice CooperAlice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

Alice should be in the top 5 at least. I mean, he's a badass. He's got a great voice, killer music, and he's a showman, which makes his concerts all the more enjoyable/interesting. Guy deserves so much more credit. I LOVE you, ALICE COOPER!

I love alice cooper he is my god in my opinion he should be number one he is the god of rock without him there wouldn't be a lot of bands we have today.

I just saw Alice Cooper in concert (August 2016) in Huntsville AL and he was absolutely awesome! If you ever have a chance to see him, DO NOT MISS OUT! It will be the experience of a lifetime. What a show!

Come on, the man invented Shock Rock! He influenced an entire generation of musicians and is still going strong today!

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33YesYes are an English rock band formed in 1968 by bassist Chris Squire and singer Jon Anderson. They first achieved success in the 1970s with a progressive, art and symphonic style of rock music.

Yes is my all time favorite band-and I started listening to the Beatles in 1964, so I've heard most of the great groups. Yes is to me where progressive rock ended. There has not been anything better since Yes. Every time I play their music, it makes me so happy and joyous. If every one listened to them the world would be a much more happier and peaceful planet.

Easily in the top 10 of all time. Probably the best collection of musicians playing challenging rock music we'll ever see or hear. Although the music is difficult to play, it is a joy to behold. If you aren't familiar with Yes do yourself a favor, sit back and enjoy Close to the Edge, Fragile, the Yes album, Relayer or Big Generator...Easily one of the finest bands ever.

You left out Tales from Topographic Oceans, Yes' greatest album. - Crwth

Yes deserves to be on this list because, like Queen, they were totally unique and very talented musically. Hard to believe bands like Motley Crue are above them. Any decent cover band can play a Motley Crue song as well as the original, but no one even attempts Yes songs because you have to be great musically.

How is this so low

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34Talking HeadsTalking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison.
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36ForeignerForeigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

Anyone born in the 1960's, THIS was our background music growing up!

Lou Gramm in his day could out sing anyone...

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37The Moody BluesThe Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive ...read more.

The Moody Blues have been going strong from 1966 to the present day. They have led the pack in musical style and in making their own music. They have taught me much about the world and life and how it works. I've met my best friends because of the link we fans have because of this band. They have a nearly sold out cruise coming up in March, fastest selling boat ever. :) They deserve to be #1!

Criminally under-rated in my opinion. The Core 7 albums from 67-73 were amazing, but Bluejays, Octave, Long Distance Voyager and Strange Times are not so far behind them, and even the weaker albums (The Present, Keys of the Kingdom and December) are far stronger than most could ever manage to produce (the two singles aside, even I wouldn't shout about The Other Side of Life and Sur la Mer).

"Never comes the day" was the beginning and today it is still as beautiful as then. When Justin sings "if only... " the earth stops turning and hold his breath. Only a few days and then... Spirits of the Western sky! My ears are waiting and my heart too. Justin Hayward... What a man!

A band like no other! Influenced the Beatles. Should be top five bands ever.

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38Grand Funk Railroad

Are you kidding me? This band was the quintessential American super star rock act ever, must be in the top ten

Just the best American rock & roll band ever.

Shea stadium- sold more tickets sold out faster than the Beatles x 10

I'm your Captain, the very best song ever

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39WhitesnakeWhitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

No matter which line-up of the band you hear, the music is cohesive and stellar. David always surrounds himself with top-notch musicians. Haven't heard a song I don't like. Even the most recent albums sound better than anything else out at the moment. The purple album rules! I loved the Mach 3 & 4 line-up's of deep purple. My son who is 6 years old has watched Whitesnake - made in Japan every night at bath time for over a year. Another generation of Snake fans is born!

David's voice is the best! Whitesnake are amazing!

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40U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

U2 is one of the best bands ever! With or Without You, One, Where the Streets Have No Name... Really guys. Lots of the higher-ranked bands are mildly painful to listen to. U2 has way more good songs than some of those bands. Bono is the best, the Edge is fabulous on guitar. If you really listen to some of their songs, not just their most recent album, you would agree with me.

You have got to be kidding me. Boston is higher than U2? At least U2 did something different to music! Boston made 5 hits. U2 made 15! Name a Boston song more successful than I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. Plus, U2 was in the rock hall their first year of eligibility. Boston isn't even it it!

U2 shaped classic rock they deserve to me much higher than 35. They have and continue to create dozens of hits when these other bands have created 2-3 good songs.

My top favorite band.

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