Top 10 Bands with the Best Live Performances
The Top Ten
QUEEN = GREATEST BAND EVER
QUEEN = BEST LIVE BAND on the planet!
QUEEN = MOST PHENOMENAL of all bands of all time!
FREDDIE MERCURY = The heart and soul of QUEEN! Nobody, but NOBODY, could do a live show like FREDDIE! Greatest singer, best performer, most fantastic vocalist of all time, and Freddie is the mega star of entertaining! Even when he's playing the piano, he's more exciting than a hundred dancers on the stage.
Freddie makes other frontmen look like they're napping; he's that outrageously awesome! So exciting, so passionate, hypnotizing, mesmerizing, dynamic... Just the epitome of entertaining! The VERY BEST of the best.
Never saw Freddie live! 1985 live aid performance was amazing, adam lambert is the only one who does his songs justice, keeps the magic going.
If you never saw Queen with Freddie Mercury live on stage then you honestly missed out on "One of life's gifts".
I've been honored to see other great bands like the Rolling Stones, The Eagles, U2, Aerosmith, and many others. But Queen really is the Champions!
Wow how could no one vote for Queen? First off, many of Freddie's vocal performances live were better than his recorded songs. Take Bohemian Rhapsody at Rock Montreal 1981. That was one of his best. Much better than muse, Linkin Park, or even bon jovi. Although I do like all those bands.
I don't think anybody who has seen Maiden live within the past ten years would disagree that they should at least be in the top three. Not only have their performance skills gotten better with age but somehow age doesn't seem to affect their high energy levels either. Even if heavy metal isn't your thing, I can't believe Iron Maiden isn't at least in the top ten.
Without a doubt, the best Live performers out there. Always flawless, the crowd is always involved. Bruce's vocals reach new highs, the guitarists shred. Janick Gers is a fabulous showman, and their stage presence is unmatched. Very few bands sound as good live, and even fewer sound better. Iron Maiden surpasses both of these. Live, they are unmatched.
Hell, I'm Surprised, I got the live version of Hallowed be thy name., I never knew it was live, but it was live. Fear of the dark, I've heard the studio version, it's good. Then I listened to the live version in Flight 666 album. 2 words to say MIND BLOWING. Muse is good too. That includes A7x, Queen, Guns n' Roses
Maiden play live with a ferocious energy which I have never seen any other band match. They give 110% to every performance and coupled with amazing songs, a fantastic front man, excellent musicians and an awesome stage show they really are the best band I have ever seen live.
Awesome saw them first on the Master of Puppets Tour. and every tour since.
You a correct in that they play what the fans want. that is how it should be!
Its true bon jovi and queen are brilliant during the live performances... But Linkin Park above Metallica impossible. Kirk hammett is awesome as usual and so are James Hetfields vocals... His variation is simply brilliant. The live songs like creeping death, for whom the bell tolls, ride the lightning are just too good!
Metallica is always searching new Ways to make the impossible posible, they take 80's Back every show, just amazing. Great in every single way sound, lights, effects. Just take a look to Concerts like Binge and purge live in Seattle or The full Arsenal. , /
No way number one... there is NO WAY THEY CAN OUT PLAY THE RIGHTFUL NUMBER ONES... Queen- quality and style all the way...as if number one... plueaze
This is band is perfect live. They don't use all that computer bull crap like some of these new popular bands. They use their on vocals and their own creativity. I respect a band who is really good live and I give this band all my respect because of how good they are live and how good their music is.
Hey what the hell. Linkin Park should top of the list. They are best live act for ever. And received so many live act of the year award. So please vote for them. And I'm personally requested to Linkin Park please coming to India. A million of fans waiting for you. Even if your not with us, but we are with you.
I don't belong to the era of Queen or Metallica etc. But what I can tell you is that there is no other band or artist I have ever seen or heard performing better than Linkin Park. They engage the crowd like no one else which is the most important aspect of live performances
Linkin park is an exception in the way they perform live... Why? They sound way better live... That does not mean their studio versions are not good... Everything is awesome... They get the crowd jumping and mellow in just two different tracks without any gradual flow between.
Seen them in Vegas this year and these guys are truly something special you can hear how tight they are as a band and it shows that they've been together since high school (almost 25 years now) true professionals that never let there fans down, Matt bellamys vocal and guitar playing is something that I believe everyone should see at least once and for those that don't I truly feel sorry for, talent aside this bands stage presence is bar none, they play for about 2 hrs and every song is hit literally every song, if queen is 1:a muse is 1:b they are the closest thing to queen yet couldn't be more different, and I really do feel honored to have seen them, it was a very long wait but best experience of my life, I'll never forget that night
Of course Muse is not everyone's favourite band. Musical taste is like colour, it's not arguable. But in terms of live concert, particularly of musical skills and emotion/passion involved, it's hard to beat them. Saw them 3 times and every times beat the last time. After more than 20 years of the same band members you still can feel the chemistry (almost growing after years) between them and that gives an epic concert! And Matt, Chris and Dom all respectively nail their instrument(s) like no other. Matt doesn't speak a lot in between songs but when they perform you really feel a connection between the crowd and the band. It's all what live musical performances is about. Easily top 5 for me (of course number one for me! )
Muse has really cool concerts. I just went to a muse concert last Tuesday (or Wednesday, I forgot I have a bad memory) and it was awesome. At the beginning, drones flew out (because their latest album is called drones) and there were lights everywhere and it was cool. Also, they had these cool sheet things hanging from the ceilings and they projected stuff onto them and it was cool. For example, when they played the handler, they projected a person with hands and strings, and the strings led to two of the people in muse that were standing. It was cool, it looked like the person was actually controlling the two people (if this doesn't make sense then you should look up a video of it on YouTube). They just kept doing that with the projections and lights and it was cool. Also, at the end, confetti was shot everywhere. In addition to putting on a great lights show, the band is excellent at singing and playing their instruments live. They sound just like they do on the album when they do ...more
Best live performance I have ever seen, and I've seen a lot. The air was just electric from the beginning to the end, with no let-downs along the way.
AC/DC. No. 25.
I'm sorry. Something is clearly wrong.
No band on this planet can COMPARE to AC/DC's pure, raw energy on stage! Back in the Bon Scott days, they were epic! Bon was one of the best frontman of all time, and Angus was incredible. Angus was the guitarist we all imagined when we were little kids. But then we grow up to find out that it's not in a guitarist's nature to go absolutely crazy, headbanging and rocking out on stage.
Except for Angus Young.
And that, friends, is why AC/DC is, was and will be the best live act you will EVER see.
Linkin Park at number 1. Puh-leez...
AC/DC is the greatest hard rock band in the world no matter who is fronting it because they always put on a good show Bon was AMAZING, Brian is so iconic and beastly and Axl is doing an awesome job and there would be no AC/DC without Malcom and Angus writing legendary songs and Angus always giving it his best shout every single show! AC/DC forever!
Led zeppelin was a terrible live band overall because jimmy page often screwed it up. Angus young never does that, but he always puts up a good show, and they can really get the crowd going. There's nothing like AC/DC live!
Simply go on YouTube, type in Highway to Hell, and watch the music video. Live performance in Argentina. I won't say anything else, just watch it.
I've been to several hundred concerts and have seen Floyd 3 times and Rogers Waters twice and they just aren't a show; they're a theatrical production. Hands down all in my Top 10, with David Bowie, Zep, Queen, the Boss and, most recently, Muse. Flo and the Machine have also jumped into the Top 20. However, the show as a whole may provide a different list than the best performers or lead singer category.
What where is zeppelin. Bands like 30 seconds to mars and linkin park above zeppelin and Floyd. They both have sucked in some reunions but you people must have short term memories cause those 2 are the best live performers of all time
It's ridiculous to see bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Slipknot and Rise Against above the kings of live music in this poll. See for yourself people, buy P*U*L*S*E
If you think Pink Floyd is a bad band you have not seen pulse or herd of Dark side of the moon plus they out did them selves on pulse live IT was amazing!
Never been to stadium concert b4, couldn't really justify the expense. Was hanging around the stadium on friday at my home town and for the 1st time felt I was on the wrong side of the fence. Got the ticket to sold-out concert from a tout to a bad seat for saturday show and was blown away. Got a Feuerzone ticket for next summer in a neighbouring country and seriously considering another one. Or perhaps I should go to a gig in a german speaking country...
Rammstein live is the best live rock opera ever. The performance, the effects, the brilliant light show and the dynamics are second to none. You don't just watch a show you feel it. You could go to a show and not even like music and still be blown away. If you have seen them live other live bands just don't seem as exciting any more.
They should be on their own list really... There is concert experience, and then there is Rammstein. As close to perfection as you get probably...
Rammstein are the most incredible band I've seen live, they really deserve to be number 1! It's more of a performance than a gig, you just can't beat them live. Trust me, you won't get bored at a Rammstein show, even if you don't like Rammstein's music.
There is so much crowd interaction! And so much crazy energy, it never runs out! One of my favorite live performances that you can find on YouTube is King For a Day or any Knowledge by Operation Ivy covers.
Green Day has over 300 songs, and at the age of 41 has more energy then any of those bands in their prime! I have seen 30-40 bands, Green Day was the best by far! Green Day was probably in my bottom 10 favourites but after the concert, insistently became my favorite! Now I can't get enough of them! Nobody brings the intensity like Green Day, loud as hell, crazy energy, awesome crowd interaction, could hold a note as long as anyone, could scream with anyone, plays guitar behind his head, loyal fan base that also brings the energy! God for sure!
Green Day blows all these bands away with ease, NO BAND brings the energy like Green Day, when blink 182 toured with Green Day, after Green Day played everyone left the stadium, Metellica and Foo Fighters stopped their interview and ran to their seats to watch them play, Escape the Fait whole band went to England to watch Green Day play live, my chemical Romance copy Greendays style, Avril lavigne copies Greendays style, load of bands copy Green Day, second most influential band of the 90's vote best live performance EVER at one of the music Award shows, I have seen other hall of famers and they couldn't hold a candle to Green Day
Green day gives the most electrifying experience ever. Its very very energetic. There is a special bond between the audience and the band. They call up people from the audience 3-4 times and make them sing or play the guitar. Even at the age of 41, I assure you Billie Joe Armstrong will give you the MOSY ELECTRIFYING ROCK AND ROLL EXPERIENCE EVER! JUST GO AND WATCH SOME OF THEIR LIVR PERFORMANCES OR VISIT IF IT IS POSSIBLE. I BET YOULL TURN INTO S FAN TOO! "
Simply one of the best live bands of all time!
With unequalled and unlimited power, The Who totaly conquered the stage! They sounded much better live than in studio, which is a very rare thing in music (although their studio works are still fantastic).
Just their live performances alone, from their explosive Woodstock show, the colossus, that is Live At Leeds and other performances, such as Live At Hull, Tanglewood, Isle of Wight (both 1969 and 1970 performances), classify The Who as one of the best rock bands of all time!
A great band that most people have heard of, but need to be given more attention at.
The Who, in my opinion, define the way a live rock performance should be done! Powerfully played and sung with a lot of passion and feeling!
With loud, thrilling, exciting, badass and overall, some of the best live performances of all time, they could make Jason Voorhees cry like a baby and even bury Chuck Norris alive! The Who were to rock music exactly what Fyodor Dostoevsky was for literature and Steven Spielberg for filmmaking!
This legendary band consists of Roger Daltrey, an excellent frontman and flawless singer with a high vocal range, Pete Townshend, a unique guitar player and a brilliant songwriter, who tends to do insane things while on stage, John "Thunderfingers" Entwistle, a.k.a. The Ox, one of the greatest and most talented bassists of all time (he's just too damn good to describe with my own words, truly a one of a kind bass guitar player) and Keith Moon, a.k.a. Moon The Loon, the mad, wild genius on the drum kit! They made some of the most ...more
I've listened to a lot of rock music and watched a lot of live rock performance videos from many bands, but trust me, The Who are something else! Watch any of their live performances, especially the ones from 1969 - 1973, when Keith Moon was still healthy and they were all at the height of their powers! I highly recommend you to check out Live At Woodstock, The London Coliseum, Live At Leeds, Live At Hull, Tanglewood, The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970, The Young Vic, The Philadelphia Spectrum and many others! They just kicked ass and owned the stage at every show!
See them 6 times! First time was at The Forum in 2004 and I was right at the front! Absolutely amazing experience. I've also seen them at the o2 twice - once on the Quadrophenia Tour2, twice at Wembley Arena and twice at Hyde Park of which the recent one in June 15 was the best of the bunch. I'd have loved to have seen them with Moon and Entwistle but even 'The Two' as they are now are outstanding performers and nobody plays guitar like Townshend! Phenomenal live band. Add to that Live at Leeds and Isle of Wight and you can hear they were clearly the greatest ensemble there has ever been!
U2 is far better then #9, who still sells out there concerts, and not only in the US, but the whole world. I won't talk bad about the other bands because in their own right are great bands, and of course its all about personal opinion and taste, but what band these days can still put out good work, good songs and great concerts, only a hand full and "U2" is among a hand full... GOD BLESS U2 FOR EVER!... E Moreno
Best Band of All-time for me, and they are still putting out #1 albums after 40 years together and hold the record for #1 selling tour ever!
U2 are simply a superior live act to most bands - even their biggest shows filled with their biggest songs do what other artists in this list cannot, and make fans feel like it's just them and the band. This is what live music should achieve.
WHAT? U2 down here? Come on, rate U2, did you see their "one" performances, and "Where the streets have no name" live? The Edge is a great guitarist, and did you see Bono singing? They are awesome!
What tell? The most best band performer of the time! Energy, very good songs, generous with fans, generous with all of the world! I love your music, your kind, your hearts! BON JOVI FOREVER! And I hope, early in France!
Just the entertainment they throw in. I haven't seen a live performance as of yet but videos I have seen are amazing, December 2010 however. Bon Jovi in Melbourne and I'm there
Oh come on,this is ridiculous.bon jovi top 20 anything is just silly. Even in their pomp he couldn't sing live. In an interview he said they were a business not a band, yes John, your ego business.
Yeah, this is band with best live performance ever, but I think Jon is losing his voice :(
Back in their prime they were truly live n dangerous a volatile band with huge energy and a great stage presence from all, I mean Bruce springsteen number 10, really?
For Sure Guns N' Roses is one of the best live bands, but please no reunion!
I don't want Slash's perfect guitar sound behind axl's terrible voice...
One of the best live band performer I wish for a reunion!
Watch Guns N' Roses 90s live and decide yourself, unstoppable and amazing
Saw him at Wembley Stadium in 2013 and he is by far and away the greatest live performer I have ever seen and I've seen The Who (who are the second best), Paul Weller (3rd), Muse, Van Morrison, Green Day, Roger Waters performing Dark-side of the moon and many many more but that day at Wembley Stadium will always stand out as the greatest show. Top band, top songs, and a man at the top of his game with a set of 3+ hours including Darkness on the edge of town in it's entirety. Outstanding! Even my friend who doesn't really like him had to admit it was the best show he's ever seen.
Bruce does not take his audience for granted. Every single night, he strives to make it 'that special show'. When you look at how long he has been doing this and with the kind of reputation he has created for himself, it would be easy for him to just take a few nights easy but the man, even at age 63, still gives it all, every single night. To his incredible energy add his brilliant songbook and an amazing band and you wont get a better show
I've seen the stones the who floyd roger Watters Pearl Jam u2 Green Day paul mccartney Metallica eagles rod stewart Foo Fighters billy joel Elton John the dead bin jovi dave mathews acdc plant and page together I have seen all these acts multiple times and a ton of other acts I never saw queen or muse but for my money the greatest live entertainer ever is springsteen he can d a 30 song 3 hr set and do it again the next night and change 20 songs and be both shows would be better than all the other bands best shows he is that awesome
Without a doubt the greatest performer in rock history.
No one else comes close.
He is the greatest songwriter ever.
He is an incredible guitarist, great on harmonica & more than holds his own on piano.
An amazing arranger, athletic performer leading the worlds greatest band.
A Springsteen concert is a religious experience.
Stones have become their own cover band & haven't made a great record since Some Girls (1978).
U2 comes in 2nd, but Springsteen is way out ahead.
Why are they only number 10!? Seriously!? They are amazing live, maybe even better than on their albums. They put on a good show and they sound awesome, simple as that. Don't believe me? Check out their concert live in the LBC.
Metallica number 2, how funny. Hatefield just sucks at live. Lp and queen are great but no near where to this guys. So before voating just see a live show of them. I am sure you will give your vote to them. Greatest band ever, no offense. A7x, my love, my heart, my inspiration.
Their show was the greatest thing I've ever seen in my life! The pyro was amazing and the quality of their music was just as good or even better than on their albums... A7X foREVer!
Just amazing.. Yes Metallica, Maiden, slayer and guys are awesome and the pioneers of this genre but a7x's shows are just as sick as theirs! Long live the kings!
Clearly just a lot of dumb young Punks voting if The Stones are not number one, which they clearly are! no one performs like them. U2's bad at Live Aid 85 is the next best thing!
Should at least be top 5. I am a queen fan but I could not see the stones down in 13th
If Beethoven were alive today he would be queuing in the rain for tickets to see The Rolling Stones. If seeing them is not on your bucket list you probably don’t have one.
Saw the 2013 in Hyde Park and they were fantastic live.
I watched them two years ago at the O2 arena and they are just flawless although perhaps not the most lively the lyrics and music just brings out chills in me... Obviously Still go crazy for songs like MR BRIGHTSIDE...FOR REASONS UNKNOWN. And ALL THESE THINGS I HAVE DONE... Supprised low on the list but true ly worth everyone going to see
Unbelievable show. No one puts more heart into a show than the best band in the world, The Killers.
The Killers are simply one of the best bands I've ever heard and seen
2 Green day
3 The killers
still an awesome band
I'm from Angola, I enjoy every type of music, from kuduro to Jazz... Let me tell you this: I wouldn't call coldplay music as "Rock, Pop, or something else"; coldplay music is a therapy! Their song is amazing and makes anybody feel great regardless state of mind. I love you, and if Chris Martin die one day, please take me with you. I'm a straight man and I would love to be your friend. You seem to me a very blessed human being, not only you but the others members too. God bless you!
I've seen almost all of these bands live and Muse was my favorite act... until I saw Coldplay. I have never seen such an emotionally charged and passionate show... the lights, the band, and the crowd all singing together in unison brought me to tears. I wasn't SUPER into Coldplay at first but now that I've seen them live I am a lifelong fan. 10/10 best show ever, I would spend my life savings to follow them around on tour and die a happy man.
I first saw them perform live only on T.V., and said to myself’ I wanna see them live one day ‘ to experience if they sound as good live on T.V.. sure enough attended their concert, and yes! they sound as good as the studio recording versions. Chris has a lot of energy and passion. He is so infectious. Even my husband said they sound good. Best concert ever! it seems likeyou went to Coldplay church! and now watching for their next tour.
There is nothing like the ambiance there is when everyone knowing the lyrics to all the songs. And that is a Coldplay concert. It is more of an experience you wouldn´t want to end.
The loudest Rock band ever.
Never heard of them
Ronnie Lane, Ian Mac Lagan, Kenney Jones, Ron Wood, Rod Stewart and Tetsu Yamamoto.
Their Live Performances were Legendary.
I have seen Slipknot live three times; most recently in Des Moines, Iowa (the bands home town) in August of 2016. THEY WERE AMAZING. The entire band gave so much and with Corey Taylor who is such an amazing frontman at the helm Slipknot is such an unstoppable live band. They should be top ten 100%. If you do not believe me search "Slipknot live at Sonisphere 2011".
Saw them at Mayhem 2012, which was their first tour after Paul Grey died, and it was a very emotional performance in which they poured every ounce of energy, blood and sweat into one of the greatest sets ever performed.
Saw them at Rock on THE RANGE 2015 and just my god...they were absolutely phenomenal. Nobody could ever top them in my personal opinion.
Just saw them and I can't freeking get over just how crazy they are, awesome stage show got to be at least number ten
What? Number 22? Are you kidding.. Judas must be TOP 10..
Amazing band! Rob Halford all the way!
I went to their concert a few days ago (18/6/19). They were straight up epic.
the first and only band that was and still is way ahead in the theatrics department love them or hate them we all love their live shows and ear candy songs /captain shanghai
Just like Alice Cooper, KISS is the best show on earth I mean pyro, lights, blood, costumes, smoke, skulls! I dare you to find another band that can mix all with fun rock anthems and put it into an entire performance
These Guys have the Greatest stageShow on the Planet They invented the Rock Show! Blood Spitting, Explosions, Levitating Drum Sets, Rising Stages simply The BEST
The first thing you think of when you think of kiss you think of their live shows they were good enough to be on the American idol final a few years ago
I saw them on the broken leg tour and it was amazing! They Gould be in the top ten so everyone vote for Foo Fighters
This description isn't needed, it's the foo fighters for gods sake!
This was my plan B since streetlight manifesto wasn't on here
Pretty good live. But Dave can't sing really good live.
Way ahead of their time, I can remember watching Live at Granada 1970 and Blackmore was practically having a seizure on stage, playing in crazy new ways and the crowd didn't know how to react cause they've never seen anything like it.
No better live band in the world. On stage improvisations, Interactions with each other and the audience, trading solos here and there. Unmatched energy and chemistry.
When you can improvise 20, 30 and 40 minutes every night and sound new and fresh, get back to me. Deep purple are the best, there isn't even a debate.
At the height of their career, DP sold more albums and more concert tickets than every act on the planet, there were none better.
They were incredible live, plant had such a stage presence, they could improvise off of eachother for upwards of 40 minutes, they worked off of eachother, and there was all in all just no band like them live. In their last concert in 2007, some might have thought that they'd have lost some of their flare over the years but they really didn't. They were, are, and always will be incredible.
They extended 6-8 minute songs into a 40 minute jam session live that is epic other bands extend songs but nowhere near as thrilling as Led Zeppelin.
Epic band the violin bow the double neck EVERYTHING ITS TOO EPIC TO BEAR.
Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven on "The Song Remains the Same" is legendary! I swear kids today don't know great music.
This band is a live band in a time before computers could help you cheat.
How the hell they are not first? Does no one here watched "The Song Remains The Same"?! That's the best live rock performance ever!