Top 10 Best Classic Rock Bands of the 1960s-1990s

Well considering how I made a Modern rock list time for a classic rock list. Here are my only rules. 1.Band is not metal. 2. Band has been around before the 2000's. Lastly 3. Band is still great.4. Band is not a Modern rock band. Also please learn the differences between Rock & Metal before you submit entries to this list. Other than that submit any classic rock entries you want. You will not see Modern rock entries like, Three Days Grace, Saint Asonia, Seether and more.

The Top Ten

1 Queen 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.

I've heard exactly none of any of Queen's songs (except kind of Under Pressure) but that is an absolutely fabulous logo. - keycha1n

2 The Beatles 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.

Come on, The Beatles should be at number one. They revolutionize music in a way that has never been seen before, or since. - sharzi

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3 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were 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.

It makes me sad that these legends aren't even in the top 15! When someone says classic rock, most people will think of something like Led Zeppelin or Stairway to Heaven. - MontyPython

What! Why isn't Led Zeppelin in the top 3? - Toucan

Because the person who created the list did not choose to put them there. - Billyv

I love heart and led Zep but get the guitar hero players off the list and then this could be credible. - Brobusky

4 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. 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 Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), more.

1. Pink Floyd
2. Led Zeppelin
3. The Beatles
4. Nirvana
5. The Who
and then everything else(in my opinion)

5 AC/DC 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 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to more.

Dude, AC/DC and Queen are hard rock bands, not classic rock. Nirvana is grunge - a subgenre of punk (nowhere near classic rock).
And you are the person who wrote that metal fans "don't understand sub genres as they think they do."
LOL, I see how perfectly you understand the subgenres... - Metal_Treasure

Fan since I was 4

Consistently good guitar work.
Otherwise, wildly overrated.

6 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Nirvana is grunge, not classic rock.
LOL, I'm reading in the list description "... please learn the differences between..." - Metal_Treasure

7 The Rolling Stones 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.

Personally, I think The Beatles are better, but they shouldn't be this far down on the list! No. 9?! I mean, come on!

They are way better than the Beatles by far. This should be number 1

More of a Beatles guy, but they need to be in the top 3. Let it Vleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main Street are all very solid albums. - Alpha101

8 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled more.
9 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, more.

One of the greatest, they created one of the most popular rock subgenres... heavy metal! - ryanrimmel

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

The Contenders

11 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.
12 The Doors The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. V 1 Comment
13 The Eagles The Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
14 The Yardbirds The Yardbirds The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963 that had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
15 Survivor Survivor Survivor is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978 by Jim Peterik. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s, garnering many charting singles, especially in the United States.
16 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield was an American-Canadian rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Their original lineup included Stephen Stills, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, Richie Furay, and Neil Young.
17 Night Ranger
18 Guns N' Roses 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. V 1 Comment
19 Kansas Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".
20 The Beach Boys The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.
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1. Pink Floyd
2. The Beatles
3. Led Zeppelin
1. Queen
2. Led Zeppelin
3. The Who
1. Led Zeppelin
2. The Who
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