Greatest Classic Rock Bands Ever


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41 Frank Zappa & the Mothers

One of the greatest artists of the 20th century. the only artist to be honoured in both the Jazz and Rock and Roll hall of fame. Deep in a mess of dissonant Avant Garde notes, biting satire and a cynical sneer existed of the greatest rock guitarists of all time with a timeless classical sensibility.

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42 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band's original lineup was Tom Petty as the lead singer and guitar player, Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are my favorite band since the moment I first saw them. They are GREAT!

This is my favorite band of all time

Should easily be in the top twenty probably the top 10 of all time. Tom Petty’s career and the people he played with and who lived him and mourned his death is a whose who of the greatest in Rock of all time. Plus the Heartbreakers are all fantastic musicians and band. RIP legend.

43 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

Ozzy NEEDS to be in the top 5! He is one of the Gods of Rock and he has AWESOME music. He deserves way more credit. And he's not called the Prince of Darkness for nothing. OZZY OSBOURNE FOREVER!

Randy Rhodes and Ozzy Osbourne together was an amazing combination. We miss you Randy!

Very underrated in my opinion


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44 ZZ Top ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.

Just listen to Sharp dressed man, trust me it might even be the greatest Song ever put to paper, let alone the greatest rock song. Add to that Billy Gibbons was Jimi Hendrix's favorite guitarist, his sound is utterly epic and his vocal range immense! Dusty Hill is a great bassist and Frank Beard's drumwork is masterful. Add to that the sheer longevity and range of their music, they formed in 1969 and are still going! Every album is an evolution and a masterpiece! Enough said...

The hardest working band and still has all of its original members.

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45 The Ramones The Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

Top 30 no doubt

46 The Doobie Brothers

Their hits are timeless and harmonies are one of the best. Still touring and sound better than ever!

The Doobies hold more great memories for me than any other band, and I have followed them from their beginning.

Wonderful 1970's rock, soul and country; Tom Johnstone's wonderful vocals gave the Doobies their unique sound. They lost it a bit when Johnstone left in 1976 and was replaced as vocalist by Michael MacDonald, a great singer, but he just didn't fit the sound.

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47 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

They where stuck in CBS so they had to feel in the dark side a touch. I think the difference between Sad Wings of Destiny and Sin After Sin shows the compromise of more radio friendly songs CBS demanded. Good thing Rob Halfords has one of the great voices in Rock music not just metal. Everyone from King Diamond to Dream Theater owe great debts to the mighty Priest. Power metal is the Halfords imataters club.

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48 Cheap Trick Cheap Trick Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2010, the band currently consists of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Daxx Nielsen.

Cheap Trick is amazing, but they are so underrated. Surrender should be rated one of the top songs ever!

Forever kings of power pop. Place these gentlemen in a much loftier position to align the forces of the rock and roll universe.

At one time they were the best in the world. They still are great.

The best.

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49 Styx

Dennis DeYoung is for me personally one of the greatest singers of all time. Plus they had so many remembered hits. Greatest Rock Band of all time!

Deyoung + Shaw = one of the most underrated vocal/guitar duos ever

I have seen them forgotten for the most part in the new generation. They are a great band to listen to because they can rock hard like led zepplin or play soft relaxing songs like pink floyd based on which of they'r 3 singers is singing. They are a top 25 band and hope they won't be forgotten in this generation

They could put on a show.

50 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".

There is more to these guys than the supernatural theme song. They have real talent while not Queen level they are very good musicians and a joy to listen to.

When you listened to their lyrics, you never thought they were dumb.

When you listened to their lyrics, you knew you were.

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51 Blue Oyster Cult Blue Oyster Cult Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, New York, whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You".

This band NEEDS to be higher!

Should at least be top 10 in my opiniom


52 Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio as the lead singer and lyricist. Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums more.

Should be up there with Deep Purple. The albums with Dio on them are timeless. - surgeonsanic

Rainbow's first three albums are great.

Rainbow's first three albums are great. - Rambles

Should be at top 20...all Rainbow albums are god but albubums with Dio are better.

53 Steely Dan Steely Dan

Steely Dan number 51, your list is giving me a headache.

Steely Dan is my all time favorite...have the deepest songbook, DF has three stellar solo works. Royal Scam, AJA and Gaucho is probably the best three albums back to back as anyone has put together. Becareful, they're addicting

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54 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.

I've been a fan of Uriah Heep since 1972 when I bought the Demons and Wizards album, which is still my favorite album. Their early stuff (1970-1975) was amazing. For whatever reason they never got the recognition they deserved in North America. I did get the chance to see them live in 1986 just before their current singer Bernie Shaw joined the band. Their latest album Outsider is one of their best, not bad for a band that been around for over 45 years.

One of the greatest yet underrated rock bands ever. A hard hitting sound with the vocals to match. Stealing and Easy Livin, two of the best songs of that era. Only wish I would have had the opportunity to see them.

A band that has stood the test of time, albeit with several changes. Mick Box being the one constant factor.
Seen them live 3 times, superb experience.

Seeing this band in 70's at the beginning was amazing, Byron, Hensley, box, Keerslake, Thain. The best shows just kept coming at us back than we had Purple, Zeppelin, Heep, Tull, Aerosmith, Rush, Mahogany Rush, BOC, on and on progressives, Acid rock, Pink Floyd, Yes, ELP,

Great times

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55 Genesis Genesis Genesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

I know I stand for the minority here, but I love the Phil Collins era a lot more than the Peter Gabriel era. - HardRockSam

My favorite band until 75' (phil collins time)

56 Wings

Wings ROCKED for sure! Some of the most melodic rock of all time! McCartney's voice was NEVER better! Band On The Run, Venus and Mars / Rock Show, Jet, Beware My Love, Big Barn Bed, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, Junior's Farm, Helen Wheels, Spin It On, Rockestra Theme, Hi Hi Hi, Maybe I'm Amazed, Girl's School, Morse Moose and the Grey Goose! Rocking' tunes with Paul's strokes of genius! Wings Over America affords a snapshot of how hard the band could rock behind Paul's amazing voice! NEVER underestimate Paul McCartney... He is a rock MASTER! - frank

Wings should be in the top 15!
Paul McCartney is pure genius, and with them he wrote some of his best songs.

57 Rare Earth

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58 Velvet Underground
59 Barclay James Harvest

A really great English band, criminally underrated by the Music "cognoscenti" and relatively unknown in their home country, and still going in two different guises (each led by an original member) nearly 50 years after their formation in 1967. Their album, "Gone to Earth" is officially the third most popular album of all time in Europe's biggest music market - Germany, and, in 1980 at the height of their success, they performed an open-air free concert to 250,000 people in West Berlin. They were the first western rock band to be invited to perform a concert in pre-Glasnost East Berlin to 175,000 people. I saw them at Wembley Arena in 1984 and they were as phenomenal then as they still were on tour last December - 2013! One of the first exponents of the mellotron and experimental music, they were in the forefront of the early prog rock wave of the late sixties and early seventies; yet their 2013 album, "North", was both true to their roots and amongst their strongest offerings in the ...more

If you melodic, symphonic, progressive rock and haven't listened to at least one of their classic albums, believe me, you're missing out!

One of the best bands the UK has ever produced and still going strong in two separate guises (John Lees' BJH, and BJH featuring Les Holroyd), each headed by an original member. Unlike the Moody Blues, who seemed to lose the plot during the 1980s, and also more recently after "Strange Times", they have consistently produced classic albums over more than 40 years, and we are still being treated to excellent new music from them - listen to 2013's "North" by JLBJH and you won't be disappointed.

60 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.

Best band of the '70s by far. Phil Lynott carried them with relatable stories of the working class man in beautiful poetic songs. One of the most under appreciated bands today.

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