Greatest Classic Rock Bands Ever


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21 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

Absolutely ScorpsSistah! They are the BEST band to see LIVE for sure! For those of you that haven't purchased or even heard their new release yet I highly recommend that you go get it now.

Scorpions Humanity-Hour 1 is amazingly brilliant!

great music, great melodies, the best ballads

Plain and simple, they still rock us like a hurricane! Just see them LIVE and you will walk away transformed! - ScorpsSistah

best band

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22 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a more.

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

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

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

My favorites. I really enjoy listining to there music, like total gods.

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

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

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

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

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

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24 Motley Crue 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert!

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

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

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

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

Boston had one good album. There are artists like Oasis, Matchbox 20, definitely Neil Young, who should be way above them. Had Boston kept at the level of their first album they could be on this list, but they didn't.

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27 Def Leppard 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.

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

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

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

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

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28 Metallica 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.

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

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

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

Idiots. Metallica aren't classic rock.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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31 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes is in a class by themselves. My all time favorite for so many reasons. So much material to explore. Discovering their old material from the early seventies was indescribable. Howe, Wakeman, Bruford, Squire, White, Kaye. So good.

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36 Talking Heads Talking Heads Talking Heads were an American rock band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison.
37 The Moody Blues The Moody Blues The Moody Blues are an English rock band. They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive more.

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

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

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

The Moodies never made me blue. Always sounded great in concert.

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38 Foreigner Foreigner Foreigner is a British-American hard rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

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

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

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39 Grand Funk Railroad Grand Funk Railroad

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

Just the best American rock & roll band ever.

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

I'm your Captain, the very best song ever

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40 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. They were known for some big hits such as The Trooper, and The Number of the Beast, and have released 16 studio albums . The New Wave of British Heavy Metal Pioneers would more.

Should be far higher than 141, top 25 at least

"We are Blood Brothers"...How that sounds.

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