Greatest Classic Rock Bands
The Top Ten
There are bands that don't have a single other band to even come close to them. Led Zeppelin had some of the greatest guitar solos the world has ever seen. Jimmy Page re-defined the way people play the guitar. Robert Plant is the greatest screamer ever. He actually sounds good. John Paul Jones was the fastest bassist trying to keep up with Jimmy when he did a guitar solo. Not many people could do that. And then you've got the greatest drummer ever who sat behind a drum kit. His solo in Rock and Roll is one of the greatest I've ever heard. And that brings me o my final quote: LED ZEPPELIN RULE!
the musical composition level is magnific.. they put more material in an song than any other band.
Every song is a great song.
Classic rock, blues, incredible ballads, acoustic, hard rock and even reggae and folk style songs.
Incredible guitar, bass, vocals and drums.
This band showed astounding talent in every aspect of music. Listen to any of their songs to listen to Robert Plant's triple octive voice. Listen to Kashmir or Moby Dick to hear John Bonham's drum skills or The Lemon Song to hear one of the greatest bass lines ever.
If you want to hear some great guitar, listen to Stairway, Achilles Last Stand, Since I've Been Loving You, and many many others.
They are Zeppelin, and not many bands can say they can match the pure talent, creativity, and variety that they have.
John Bonham=He laid down the best groove of any known drummer,
John Paul Jones=The secret weapon of the group.
Robert Plant=The Golden God.
Jimmy Page=Hands down, the world's ultimate guitar wizard.
Over the years my taste in music has been redefined many times. It all came to a rest at Queen. The pure musicianship of every single member of this amazing band shows that they are the greatest band ever. Each member is credited for writing at least one #1 hit, even the bass and drummer. That is no surprise when you look at each one though. John Deacon has some of the most iconic bass lines ever. Roger Taylor with his intricate drum fills and an incredible voice which could have (and did) front a band of his own.
Brian May, while also having an incredible voice, is one of the greatest guitarists ever. Not to mention he has a PHD in Astrophysics.
Then we come to Freddie Mercury. A legend among legends. Freddie's voice was so powerful and had a range that most singers only dream of acquiring. He is listed as one of the greatest frontman in history, which is no surprise to anyone who has seen it in person or on video. His death will be mourned for many more years.
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Freddie Mercury- Iconic vocals, flamboyant stage persona, lively personality. Brian May- Underrated guitarist, beautiful voice, very wise. Roger Taylor- Amazing drummer, extraordinary falsettos, very humorous. John Deacon- Incredible bass lines, underrated songwriter, is the glue that holds everyone together. Do the math and combine it all together... what do you get- BAM! One of the greatest classic rock bands of all time. There music has and always will pass the test of time. To those who say Queen is overrated, please go kiss a goose. I would say Queen is a bit underrated, seeing people humming "We Are The Champions," clapping along to "We Will Rock You," heck, even trying to recreate iconic bass lines from "Another One Bites The Dust," gives me joy. But that joy compresses into dust when they say they have no idea who Queen is. Queen covers nearly all genres. Funk, rockabilly, gospel, HECK, FREDDIE MERCURY SANG OPERA. Queen is the best and will stay that way.
Freddy Mercury was a true performer, and probably still would be if he were still here. His song writing skills were shing there brightest with Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the greatest songs ever.
Amazing Band! Comprised of highly skilled musicians who could write "albums" worth of stellar material every time. The rhythm section of John Deacon and Roger Taylor was known as the "Sonic Volcano" in the 70's. Brian May remains one of the most influential guitarists of all time. What has to be said about Freddie Mercury? Anyone who knows anything about great music knows who he is, what he has done, and how great he was. 5 star band!
Even a poor African child could name you a Beatles song
The Beatles are THE best band in history. Rock and roll was slowly disappearing, but then The Beatles started. These guys just about saved rock and roll. If you like The Rolling Stones, then you've got to like The Beatles. I mean, The Beatles and The Stones were friends, and The Beatles gave The Stones their first single. Every song by The Beatles is excellent (even Revolution 9 and Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey). The Beatles had enough songs to keep them rolling 'till TODAY. I mean, just imagine if Imagine, Live And Let Die, and My Sweet Lord were Beatles songs. These are some of the biggest songs in history, and they would have been Beatles songs had The Beatles not split up. It's obvious: THE Beatles SHOULD HAVE BEEN #1 ON THIS LIST. THEY ARE THE BEST BAND IN HISTORY. PERIOD.
they should have been #1 come on this band inspired so many people how can you not love them
Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Pepper, White Album, Abbey Road. Any of those albums can be easily put in Top 10 greatest albums of all time.
Dark Side of the Moon. The Wall. Wish You Were Here. Animals. Meddle. Pink Floyd was at the top of the pack thematically, musically, and lyrically. Their music is enjoyable to listen to and often requires many listens to discover it's meaning. The Dark Side of the Moon is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time and has themes of insanity, death, wasted time, and materialism. The Wall is very different than TDSoTM, but just as good, in it's own way. It is a long album that follows a singer named Pink as he isolates himself and builds a metaphorical wall between himself andd the outside world. The rock opera also features the crowd favorites Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall pt. 2. Animals is only 5 tracks long but full of good music. It has roots in the book Animal Farm by George Orwell and it basically compares Brits to Dogs, Pigs, and Sheep. Wish You Were Here is essentially dedicated to Pink Floyd's first lead singer Syd Barrett, who tragically went insane. The ...more
Roger Waters is one of the few true musical geniuses. Acompanied by a great guitarist in David Gilmour, along with Richard Wright and Nick Mason. Pink Floyd ruled the sound waves of the 70's with top notch albums and unforgettable live performances.
Pink Floyd is like that one band that if you show someone the logo for Dark Side, they'll say "Oh yeah that band, Pink Floyd right? " Everybody knows it. For example take The Wall, listen to "Another Brick In The Wall Part One, Two and Three." All three in a row. They blend seamlessly. Listen to the whole album, nonstop. Each song blends perfectly into the next. Pink Floyd brought the famous "If you don't eat your meat, you can't have any pudding". I'm sorry but who the heck hasn't heard that at least once in their life? For most, it's avoided with an exception for Dark Side. I hate to say this but... Pink Floyd should take the number one spot, as should The Wall compared to Dark Side. "Mother do you think they'll the drop the bomb? Mother do you think they'll like this song? " -Pink Floyd, Mother, The Wall.
Come on! I like The Bealtes and Queen, but I don't think they are better then Floyd's! Pink Floyd as a band made so many interesting and powerful songs with great riffs, solos and lyrics. They made such a incredible albums as Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and I think every track on this albums is a masterpiece. On the top I would only see: 1. Pink Floyd 2. Led Zeppelin 3. Metallica... And then Queen and Beatles. That's my opinion!
Voting on this list is a considerably harder task than that on the hard rock bands list, for the obvious reason that this includes many iconic and influential bands from the 60's and 70's that aren't hard rock (e.g. Rolling Stones, The Who, T. Rex, Queen, Pink Floyd, etc.)
However, I voted for Rolling Stones because they are the very band that defined the non-hard-rock side of classic rock; influencing genres like glam rock, boogie rock, soft rock, etc., thus enabling bigger musical diversity in classic rock.
Also, I think they deserve a little more credit than The Beatles.
With Mick Jaggar and Kieth Richards at the song writing helms, The Rolling Stones produced hit after hit in the 60's and 70'sto become one of the most influential bands ever.
WTF... stones after Cheap trick?
you gotta be kiddin' me
The rolling stones... it does'nt get any better than that.
The Rolling Stones are pure genius! Why are they after Queen and AC/DC? Have you heard Wild Horses? Sympathy for the Devil? Gimme Shelter? Paint It Black? These are some of the best songs ever! Doesn't get any better guys
The critics say AC/DC songs sound the same. Tell me, does BACK IN BLACK (1980), For Those About to Rock (1981) sound like Rock and Roll Train (2009) and Rock Or Bust(2014)? Their sound is theirs. It's that AC/DC sound that only the Young brothers can produce. It's actually a subset of rock n roll. You have metal, blues, Rock, Pop, and AC/DC. Plus, they have never made music for the critics. They make it for their Fans. Put it this way: if AC/DC ever listened to their critics at least ONE TIME, I believe they wouldn't be where they are today. Still making music for soundtracks. Still selling out stadiums at world record pace. I get a kick out of those who say "oh they're losing a step. They're getting old". Haha! Of course! They're human! But losing a step? I disagree. If they lose a step then they're hiding it very well. Not bad for guys in their 60's pushing 70! I can barely get out of bed at 40 sometimes but here they are rocking still. Numbers don't lie and neither do the ...more
Greatest Band ever (i can't believe Angus Young was voted # 96 on the top 100 guitarists, shouldve been in the top 10)
What makes them great? Their shows and their longevity. While other older bands understandably slow down over the years, this group keeps pumping out anthem like music. Catchy rock music that could have been hits in the Rock n Roll heyday of the 80's and 90's. With that said, in the 21st Century alone they've won a Grammy and the Black Ice Tour was the 4th largest tour in HISTORY. Black Ice sold more albums world wide besides Cold Play. In 2007 AC/DC sold 3 million albums yet hadn't produced new songs in 8 YEARS at that point. If you don't think these aging rockers are still relavent then please check out the Live @ Rivee Plate. Their stage presence is as good as ever. Johnson is in terrific shape and they play to the frenzied crowd like never before. And, This is the AC/DC that could be retired and people would understand. Now: they have Rock Or Bust. Tickets sold so fast for European tour that it broke Guinness world records for most sales in least time. 1.75 million tickets in less ...more
They are good but definitely should not be this high on the list
Screw what the haters say, The Who are clearly and undoubtedly one of the best rock bands of all time, and even better on stage!
These guys were basically the first to introduce synthsisers, something that most everyone else has relied on in their music. This band has tested rock time and time again and they have revolutionized it, creating some of the best and most favorite Classic Rock songs of all time. It is even said that Led Zepplin and many other British originated groups and singers, including U2, were influenced by these guys. The band includes one of the greatest guitarist, greatest drummer, and greatest bassist of all time. There is a reason they have been around for nearly fifty years and continue to perform.
Why is the Grateful Dead so high on this list? Their music is, I think, kinda boring and overrated and nothing special whatsoever! The only TRULY GREAT member of Grateful Dead is Jerry Garcia, the rest are good but not great. I listen to a Grateful Dead song about like 4 times, and that's it! I don't listen to it anymore.
But The Who? Now THIS, is one of my favourite bands of all time! I could listen to their music over and over again and never get tired of it!
Just watch their live performances at Woodstock or Tanglewood or listen to their Live At Leeds and Live At Hull albums!
They were more than just a rock band!
Their music is absolutley timeless and their music is more unique than any other that I can think of. Not too mention they had arguably the greatest frontman in music history.
The Doors should definitely be higher on this list. Morrison gets all the hype, but Ray Manzarek is one of the greatest musicians to play rock and roll to this date. Just listen to there last song ever recorded (Riders on the Storm) and tell me they should still be #12.
Musicians better than most of their peers, one of the best front man ever and lyrics socially relevant on a higher intellectual level than the dungeons and dragons fantasy lyrics of groups like Led Zeppelin. The doors are the greatest band of all times!
The perfect band. Intelligent, talented, poetic, and creative. With all four member having each of those qualities. Best damn rock band ever in my opinion.
Journey is one of the most under rated bands. Neil Shone, Jonathan Cain & Steve Perry wrote some of Rock's best known hit's. Perry has been called "The Voice". Neil Shone is as good a guitar player as any & Cain a master on keyboards. Journey is Rock & Roll!
Every instrumentalist is top-notch; writing and lyrics are fantastic, and no other vocalist could ever beat Steve Perry in his prime. Their songs usually carried a good message which I appreciated. Arnel is good, too, but Perry hit it out of the park every time.
Distinctive, propulsive, and immediately recognizable. Most Journey songs spark instant awareness and interest. Love it anytime one of their songs strike the airways!
The Greatest band ever Steve Perry has such a beautiful voice
Jimi Hendrix had the potential to rule the rock scene for decades, but his unfortunate young death put an early end to his career.
Jimi hendrix greatest guitar player ever, nuff said
On the seventh day God created Jimi Hendrix!
Jimi Hendrix was the best guitarist ever.
- Captain Obvious
As far as classic rock bands go Rush is very very very very very very good. I mean it is very impossible to play like them and their music is more than music I know this stuff because my dad learned off the internet how to get songs on your ipod playlist on your car radio so I hear a lot of old songs even though I am only turning 13 in a week and a half.
Give me a break. Why is The Who anywhere close to Rush? Same with Heart, Journey, and the Beatles, I just don't understand how any band especially the ones I've listed, could top off Rush. The only band that comes anywhere close to Rush is Van Halen, but they're half as good at best. Rush has by far the most variety, The most music, and I honestly haven't heard a rush song that I don't like. RUSH FOR LIFE!
They were highly regarded by very positioned and prestigious musicians 40 years ago and now they are revered as the greatest musicians of all time by not their fans but by the most credible critic's... Real iconic musicians that do not have one small complaint. Who dare would cast doubt on the greatest musicians of all time hand's down. Rush humbly continues to be even better after 47 years... No other act on the entire list can lay claim to that longevity of commercial success... No one... Not even close no matter how l9ng you try to explain... Rush is still there turning out new and full studio albums then backing them up with sold out shows at the highest dollar around the world... Beatles never done that... Stones never done that... U2 never done that... Acdc never done that... Aerosmith never done that... Metallic never done that... Maiden never done that... Hendrix never done that cream never done that the who never done that... Only one I would consider close would be Neil ...more
Rush is the best rock trio ever. Based on their scope of material, their ability to play and longevity. One of the greatest bands ever.
CCR are one of the greatest bands of all time! Number 21?!?!? They deserve to be in the in the top 10
They don't have one song that stands out but they have about 12 great songs, more than most of these bands
I listened to them since I was a kid and I think they must be in the top 5
I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain?
One guy said that they were a terrible band, but don't listen to him, he doesn't know what good rock music is!
Listen to Deep Purple In Rock. It set the standard for all hard rock and has arguably never been done better... Period
Deep Purple is the best rock band and fools don't like it.
There was no better band than this one, ever.
Should be #1. Not only Ozzy but also the Heaven and Hell days with Dio and even the Martin era wasn't bad. Nobody has this longevity and still making great music. What other band here put out an album as recently as Devil You Know that is near that quality?
No one had the hard, heavy, grinding sound like these guys back in those days and I love it!
Easily the greatest classic rock band, even the most influential (other than the Hendrix himself)
This band should be right their with zeppelin had two great singers and Toni can play guitar left handed with missing bits of finger and they are the godfathers of metal this band is ledgendary
One of the highest album selling bands in history, The Eagles showed the world what a real band should be.
No way I see the eagles at 13! How is that possible! The Eagles are one of the most well recognized and superbly talented groups of all time! Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and for a bit Don Felder! All rock and roll legends! So many hits and they shaped modern rock during their time and everyone was down to listen to some Eagles! Man this is a disgrace they are no. 4 maybe even no. 3 behind queen and the Beatles!
Producing great music from the first minute, these guys took it to the limit! Made many legendary songs like Hotel California, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights etc. Etc. One of the best bands ever in rock, true legends!
By far the best of the best. Not just great vocals and harmonies, but superior overall musicians and instrumentalists. The best withstands the test of time.
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
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!
I totally agree! Eddie is the greatest guitarist whose ever lived! And yes, with David, they were the best! Too bad egos got in the way.
There's a reason they call them America's Greatest Rock n' Roll Band! Listen to:
Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
Janie's Got a Gun
I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing
The Bad Boys From Boston came into the rock-n-roll scene in 1970 and the rest is history. Aerosmith reached the rock pinnacle early and stayed late.
Aerosmith is still my favorite classic rock band by far, their variety in musical tone in their songs is what stands out he most from "Dude Looks Like A Lady" to "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" just amazing music top to bottom!
I hate how some people call them America's greatest rock band. The Doors are so much better.
Introducing the world to hardcore southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd was at the top of the mountain until a plane crash in 1977 prominently influenced the band to break up. Ten years later the band reformed with the former lead singer, Ronnie Van Zant's brothers taking over the vocal duties.
Hard for me to not go with Pink Floyd, but I enjoying listening to lynyrd skynyrd slightly more, if the plane crash never happened, in my opinion, lynyrd skynyrd would be top 5.
Such perfectness. Check out simple man, free bird, you got that right, Saturday night special, and gimme three steps
The type of music Lynyrd Skynyrd plays practically signifies the sound of true classic rock music.
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.
Metallica. The reason the way I act today. I may be 13 but Metallica is my absolute favorite game and because of Metallica I am now a dj and I have my own band. I can also play drums, guitar, bass and I can sing all because of Metallica. They are the kings of metal and deserve better than this.
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
Why do people; who has no good taste in music always underrate this band. This band has nothing less than The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd! Vote for it fools!
The mix of the masters Lindsey Bucking ham Mick Fleetwood, Stivie Nicks
Why they are not not with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd?
I still don't understand, what's all the deal with the Grateful Dead? They've, without any argument, made some good songs but they just sound too repetitive for my liking! I'm sorry to the fans, but the Grateful Dead can't compare to giants such as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, etc.!
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
Fun and always different. Live shows are an adventure. I miss you Jerry!
Biggest live audiences, most live shows, most dedicated fans.
I know I stand for the minority here, but I love the Phil Collins era a lot more than the Peter Gabriel era.
My favorite band until 75' (phil collins time)
Bon Jovi is my favourite band of all time. I have not found a single Bon Jovi song that I don't like, loads of their songs have got me hooked and its mainly the reason I got into rock. They are the reason rock is my favourite genre of all time and I'm into a lot of 80's and 90's hard rock. They have had me hooked for over a year and I can't get enough. Jon Bon Jovi is one of the nicest guys you could meet. They are a talented group of gentlemen that have given us the greatest music for 30 years and I hope to see them around for many years to come.
Bon Jovi has and still is putting out the best rock music in the world. His most famous songs from Livin' on a prayer is expected to be heard by. Not listening to this and another couple songs are not like watching the Matrix or like not hearing Don't stop believin'. The lyrics of Bon Jovi speak truth and encourage many people. Unlike some other bands Bon Jovi are still living and playing. Not only does Bon Jovi make a ton of great hit songs they are aslo activist's and help the community. Bon Jovi sold many, many, many records when recording and was said to put on some of the best concerts of that time.
Pure Garbage. Not "classic rock" by any stretch of the imagination. Bon Jovi belong on 'Worst Rock Bands" of all time. Bland, uninspired, unimaginative and they don't belong any where on this list.
I fully agree that by no criteria are Bon Jovi classic rock, but come on, they are a great band. - Adrian_4
Your making me sick bon job I shouldn't be in the top 100
One of the top five bands of all time!
If you look at a list of songs that specifically define each rock band, most like Queen, Rush, Pearl Jam, U2 or Nirvana have roughly ten notable songs that fans or non fans recognize. Beyond those ten songs the list drops off considerably.
Go through a list of Yes songs and you'll find at least thirty songs that are considered reasonably popular.
There early work was spectacular!
For instance, the song "Going For The One" was a good song and had moderate success on the radio during that time. YES had a whole host of songs with similar recognition, which is more than most of the bands on this list.
While they are one of the most obvious bands in prog rock circles Yes seem to go largely unnoticed these days by most music fans in general. That's a shame because they are one of the most adventurous and exciting bands of all time.
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
Super good! HOW are they not too 15 the police are amazing