Top 10 Bands with the Best Live Performances

The Top Ten Bands with the Best Live Performances

1 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.

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.
QUEEN rocks!

never had an opportunity to see however they are the greatest Band ever

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon... enough said.

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.

2 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

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.

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.

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.

3 Metallica Metallica 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". more.

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!

Gonna see them tomorrow!
Edit: it was the best show I have ever seen! - Userguy44

They work so well on stage, hardly make any mistakes and give the crowd plenty of voice, should be #1

Their live songs sound almost exactly like the album versions

4 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

You can not even compare Linkin Park to any of the other bands listed here. Sound produced by them is even better than the original. They attract a greater crowd, enthralling everyone of them. Simply the Gods of Live performances.

They are the best live band cause they sound better live which isn't easy to do, Bon Jovi doesn't sound good live at all. - lukestheman4

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.

They varied in live quality. Pre-2008 they were consistently great. 2014 was a low point.

Examples of Chester at his best:
Live in Texas (2003)
Live in Berlin (2012)
AOL Sessions
Stripped Session
iTunes 2011 London (Rolling in the Deep cover)
Live in Red Square 2011 - Yoshinaruto

5 Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 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.

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

I saw Muse in Birmingham last night and they were truly awesome. 26 hits with an engaging visual light show, but above all an amazing sound and very talented musicians, I'm not sure there is anyone better on the live circuit today.

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

6 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

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!

All you have to do is go onto youtube and look up acdc live to see how monumental these guys are.

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!

How can AC/DC only be 26th? They're definitely one of the most entertaining bands live. Way better than Avenged Sevenfold.

7 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd was an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.

Most Amazing Visual Band Ever.
I saw them in 1987 and 1995 in Washington DC and then again in Vegas 2016

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

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.

8 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

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

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 were, still, one of he best bands of all time in studio, but when they performed live (especially with Keith Moon, from 1968 and later on), they were a power force! They totally CONQUERED the stage!
Just watch See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You Live At Woodstock! That hit the audience harder than the atomic bombs hit Japan!

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!

9 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's more.

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 - StevoMuzz

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!

Yeah, this is band with best live performance ever, but I think Jon is losing his voice :( - Toxy

There's a reason Bon Jovi can still fill the stadiums more than 30 years after it debuted

10 Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also more.

Axl's voice is even better live - master_carli

Watch the ritz 1988 then decide yourself

One of the best live band performer I wish for a reunion! - ronluna

They're not really good live - Userguy44

The Contenders

11 Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative more.

Watch their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, their 43 years old a going strong.

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!

They let their fans play on stage, and listen to iHeart Radio Music Festival 2012

I've seen the top current top 2 bands on this list, but neither compare to Green Day. I was never a Green Day fan until seeing them live. While many bands have good music and good shows, no-one PERFORMS better. With the way they get the crowd going, they are undoubtedly the best PERFORMERS I've ever seen.

12 Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . more.

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...

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...

I saw Metallica in 1996 when they were in their prime. I saw Rammstein in 2017 and 2018 in Chicago. No comparison, Rammstein blew the doors off Metallica. Hands down the best live concert of all time.

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.

13 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political more.

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

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 Springsteen is the best performer of all time. How he is not in the top ten is beyond me. He is interactive with fans and can play songs off the top of his head even if they aren't even in the set list. One of his best attributes though is that he writes his own music. He doesn't have somebody in LA that writes it for him like most singers now a days. He is the most talented and best performer of all time.

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.

14 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

Saw the 2013 in Hyde Park and they were fantastic live.

Should at least be top 5. I am a queen fan but I could not see the stones down in 13th

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!

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.

15 U2 U2 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 more.

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!

Still one of the best live bands ever. Pretty darn good recordings, too. :-)

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!

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

16 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). more.

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. - patricemackinnon

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!

They put so much work into every performance with so many pyro effects

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!

17 Faces

The loudest Rock band ever.

Never heard of them - Userguy44

Ronnie Lane, Ian Mac Lagan, Kenney Jones, Ron Wood, Rod Stewart and Tetsu Yamamoto.
Their Live Performances were Legendary. - phr

18 Kiss Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

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

Saw them twice. My make-a-wish wish was to meet them. They did more than what we thought. Great people with a great stage presence, both on and off stage

KISS should be a LOT higher what could be better than a band playing rock songs while flying, breathing fire and dribbling blood!

19 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

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.

20 Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

I went to their concert a few days ago (18/6/19). They were straight up epic.

What? Number 22? Are you kidding.. Judas must be TOP 10..

Amazing band! Rob Halford all the way!

21 The Killers The Killers is an American indie rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers and Dave Keuning.

The Killers are simply one of the best bands I've ever heard and seen

Unbelievable show. No one puts more heart into a show than the best band in the world, The Killers.

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

1 Muse
2 Green day
3 The killers
still an awesome band

22 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.

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!

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.

23 Big Bang Big Bang is a South Korean boy band formed by YG Entertainment. The group consists of 4 members: G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, and Daesung.
24 Coldplay Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed more.

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!

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.

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.

Chris Martin. Amazing performer to watch live. The band is phenomenal and the music is great. I came into this list expecting Coldplay to be the top 10, if not the top. Their style of performance is truly unique. They also interact with their audiences.

25 The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

Number 1. Without the Beatles, none of above would ever have happened. Performance is not simply laser show and how high your front man can leap or howl -- it's really about the music. In their pre-stadium shows, Beatles were note-perfect. There has been no musician more committed, more passionate about the music itself than John Lennon.

The best band ever

26 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. Even though the only founding member still in the band is Alex Lifeson (Guitar), the band is most well-known for their current members Neil Peart (Drums) and Geddy Lee (Bass, Vocals). more.

A band that has been together for 40+ years. Simply the best individual musicians molded together to construct simply the best band. Absolutely terrific band that are respected by many other musicians in the biz! Often played for 3 hours without another band to start them off! Talk to anyone who knows anything about music and they will tell you that Neil Peart is the best drummer, Geddy Lee is one of the best bassist in the history of the instrument and tell me anyone else that can play guitar to any Rush songs, never mind all of the Rush songs. YYZ, La Villa Strangiato, Xanadu comes to mind specifically! This band was never appreciated or respected by many so-called music experts but Rush shamed all of those experts! Then they gained almost all of those experts as fans!

Went to see them in the early, very early 80s, not so good live. Saw again twice 2013, 2015, awesome! I guess with age.

Evening with Shows for the last 20 years... Rabid Fans... Consistency... Credibility...Unique sound... Musical Virtuosity... Respected by all in the music industry...and somehow got cooler as the years progressed. The Holy Triumvirate!

Three of the worlds greatest musicians playing for 3 hours, along with incredible visuals which creates a vibe only possible via extreme excitement pulsing thru an audience of 99% fellow-fanatics. Intense.

27 Paramore Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams, guitarist Taylor York, and drummer Zac Farro.

Paramore put on a great show. The whole band is energetic, jumping around and what not. Hayley's singing sounds the same as it does on the records and that way that they invite a fan onto the stage to sing 'Misery Business' is incredible.

Paramore for the WIN!

This band is so good!

I'm not sure if I like their live performances more or them in the studio

28 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

Greatest live band of all time

I guess the voters weren't born yet when Ronnie strutted on stage. He could keep up with the best of the frontmen.

29 Blind Guardian Blind Guardian is a German power metal band formed in the mid-1980s in West Germany. They are often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power metal and speed metal subgenres. Heavily influenced by Queen, they use the technique of overdubbing. They also incorporate large more.

Greatest live band of all time with Queen and Iron Maiden... - filuxx_

30 Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Deserve top 3? Haha in your dreams

Just Listen To The Angelic Voice Of Amy Lee

Amy Lee sounds exactly like she does in the studio.

Why are they so low? Amy Lee's voice is magic.

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

Just saw them live. they are great!

Loved the group and their songs too

32 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

This is embarrasing, Aerosmith is the greatest live band ever, 41 years performing and they're doing it better than ever and they don't need lights and big shows like U2 and Kiss.

33 Dream Theater Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band from Boston, Massachusetts. The band was formed in 1985 under the name of "Majesty", only to change its name to Dream Theater later. more.

Planning to see them again in a few weeks in Minneapolis (March 28, 2019). First saw them back in 2000 and can't wait to see them again, LIVE!

Always flawless live performances.

How are these legends not first?

34 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. more.

Brilliant band! The godfathers of metal!

35 Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage is an American metalcore band from Westfield, Massachusetts, formed in 1999 after the disbanding of Overcast and Aftershock.
36 Def Leppard Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

"In the Round" is really really really really really really really awesome!
(In the Round is where the Band performs to an audience that surround them instead of just being in front the audience.

37 Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.
38 Lamb of God Lamb of God is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994, the group consists of vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, and drummer Chris Adler.
39 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Alternative/ Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror more.

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.

Great band live, can't believe they score so low

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".

40 My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

Come on guys we all know that My Chemical Romance is a great band and a great live band... I just saw them live and they're great and playful to each of their songs... Gerard way loves to make the crowd so electric as well a Frank and Mikey... Ray is their stabilizer...

41 Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.
42 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. more.

One of the best bands to come out of Canada. Adam Gontier does a wicked job performing live as well as the rest of the band

43 Motley Crue Mötley 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.

The crowd is always with em and Tommy Lee is a show beast and even James the rev sullivan said it was one of the best live shows he has ever seen.

Best show band ever

Guns N' Roses favorite band but as far as live performances go can't believe motley isn't higher

Saw Mötley Crüe live last night. They were great. They had great sound quality and everything

44 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). more.

I wasn't terribly excited for them at Rock on the Range in 2018 - lucky for them, they didn't perform on the same day as STP, Alice in Chains, Tool, or Greta Van Fleet. I was, however, very surprised by how well they played, the energy they ignited in the sold out crowd, and how even I was ready to jump into the pit when they broke out into Pantera's "Walk." They were the first act to draw crowdsurfers.

45 Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. more.

Why did I have to scroll down so far to find the RHCPs? Every time they are on a stage, magic happens. You can't sit at their performance! You can feel the vibes in the air from outside the venue. People go crazy in a happy way. If it gets rough, they will and have literally stopped playing until the roughhousing stops. It's just an amazing feeling! It's a "natural high", like you just took an 8 ball to the dome, while getting a shotgun of herb blown in your face and takin a shot while getting a needle to the vein all at once, but not really because it just feels like it. Again, it's a natural high that can't be explained! I'm so bummed to see how far down this list they are.

How are they so far down this list. I was sure they would be in the top 15 (or even 10! ) These guys give you a show, ALWAYS! Whether its Flea &/or John &/or Josh, killing guitar riffs, or Anthony pouring his soul into his lyrics. Or even if they come out with nothing more than a sock on between their legs, or Anthony getting thousands of people to swing their shirts around their head's, or Flea...being Flea, in his whity tighties, playing so hard his fingers are profusely bleeding and sweating as if he has run a marathon. They have an energy that is contagious. And it's not junk one style of music. Rap fans, rock fans, lyrical fans, funk fans, blues fans...everyone likes some, if not all of their songs. Their songs are upbeat, happy,some bittersweet. I guess my point is that they should be higher because everyone likes at least some of their music. After I heard "Under the Bridge", I became a fan. I picked and chose other songs over the years. Then, "Califorinication" (& almost the ...more

This band should be a little higher probably at number 13 or so, just because Anthony Kiedis is usually not on point, but when he is, this band is so good. But boy this band is so energetic. They can keep the crowd rolling through the whole concert. The Chili Peppers always had the best intro james in between songs, and the beginning of concerts. Just watch the 2003 Slane Castle Concert and you will know what I am talking about. - connor2738

RHCP has recorded some of the greatest riffs. But they also have awesome intros when they play live. A good example is Californication live at slane castle
- RHCPfan

46 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Have seen half of the previously listed bands, many several times. With no disrespect intended, I have 2 comments.

1. Anyone that has seen NIN more than once will agree that there is no such thing as a "bad" live performance by them.

2. Why? In short, all the live versions of their songs are better than their recorded. I'll just leave it at that. Get it?

Nothing and no one can replicate Closer..
It's THAT difficult, AND the way they played it live? Oh my dog...
The bass tone, drums, Piano layer effects, Reznor's voice itself... and everything was without the usage of computer..*bows down* - Ananya

Ridiculous they are this low on this list...

The band other live bands go to see...

47 Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore.

Nothing beats the lights, the improv, the jazz, the solos. With his band, Dave is simply the best live performer in the World.

They are clearly the best band ever live. No other band can release live albums that sell millions then put them on a studio recording and sell more. The question is why are people so jealous of Dave Matthews popularity because he is for white males only. I forgot the band is mostly black, and he deserves the credit for driving his poetic message. 80 is a joke and he deserves better.

Not many bands can successfully deliver a different show every time. The Dave Matthews Band has successfully done this since their first show and continue to do it every time.

Dave Matthews Band is simply the best band ever to see live

48 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate more.

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! - TheDanSyndrome

Pretty good live. But Dave can't sing really good live. - Userguy44

This was my plan B since streetlight manifesto wasn't on here

49 Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

Journey is well known for their extraordinary live performances in the seventies and eighties. The sound quality was near perfection every time, and usually better than the studio recorded versions. If in doubt, listen to "Captured," recorded in 1980, or "Live in Houston," recorded in 1981.
Steve Perry's vocals were always crystal clear, not lyrically, but melodically. The heights that he reached with his voice in every concert, on their tough schedule, are awe inspiring and almost unnatural.

Steve perry sounds just as good if not better live than he does in the studio. They are just an incredible band to see live.

50 Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.
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