Greatest Songs Performed Live


The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho - Lovers

This is one of the performances that made me a lifetime fan of Miss Jackie Evancho. Simply stunning.

To say this is astonishing would be an understatement. Audience members who are not in tears by the end often can't remember breathing. - BobG

One has to see her performance of this sone from her first PBS Great Performances special: "Dream With Me - In Concert", available on YouTube, as well as CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. Taiko drums, traditional Chinese instruments, and full orchestra, with David Foster emcee and musical director. - Trancas

Nobody hits those high notes as Jackie does.

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2 Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

I have attended live concerts with LZ, along with the Stones, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Sinatra, Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, and even Creedence Clearwater Revival. Yes they were/are all great. Jackie Evancho is absolutely on their level as a performer, that's why real, actual people vote for her.

. Why do everyone on TheTopTens think Jackie Evancho is the best.

Obviously Jackie Evancho is number 1. - 445956

Stairway to Heaven @ Earls Court (1975)... Greatest solo of all time...

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3 Caruso - Jackie Evancho

Jackie sings this live on Fernando Varela's PBS Special. Outstanding performance of a difficult Italian tribute to Enrico Caruso! - BobG

Her amazing performance of lyrics so intricate with her wonderful voice makes me listen again and again.

Captivating, heartbreakingly beautiful

I love this song and the way it is performed

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4 The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again UListen to Sample
5 Queen - We Will Rock You

I love the fact that the sample features a live version! I wish I was in that crowd! - Metal_Treasure

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6 The Who - a Quick One, While He's Away UListen to Sample
7 AC/DC - Thunderstruck

I like the live versions much more than the studio version.

8 Duran Duran - Rio UListen to Sample
9 Queen - Radio Ga Ga UListen to Sample
10 Bon Jovi - Livin on a Prayer UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction UListen to Sample
12 Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water UListen to Sample
13 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits UListen to Sample
14 Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies UListen to Sample
15 Aerosmith - Walk This Way UListen to Sample
16 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Fan Favorite amazing live

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17 Deep Purple - Highway Star

Made in Japan. Oh my god. - vr46

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18 Nessun Dorma - Jackie Evancho

Checkout Jackie's performance of this on Britain's Got Talent, easy to find on YouTube. Her performance that night was unreal. If you watch the video, try to remind yourself its being sung by an 11 year old. Unbelievable. She's simply the best there is.

Jackie still sings this today, at age 17. For six years, she has been getting standing ovations for her performances of this difficult piece. - BobG

From her Dream With Me album / Dream With Me - In Concert PBS Great Performances special, available on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. See the YouTube video.

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19 Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark UListen to Sample
20 Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison UListen to Sample
21 She Loves You - The Beatles

As performed "Live" on the Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964; the most important live performance in the history of rock music.

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22 Kiss - Rock N Roll All Nite UListen to Sample
23 Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell

Great song live. Very powerful. - SOX3005

This song really comes to life when played live. I can't decide if I prefer the studio version or live version, as they're both wonderful. I recommend listening to this from Pink Floyd's live album P.U.L.S.E.

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24 Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name UListen to Sample
25 Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle UListen to Sample
26 Nirvana - All Apologies UListen to Sample
27 Rush - YYZ UListen to Sample
28 AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie UListen to Sample
29 Queen - I Want to Break Free UListen to Sample
30 The Bard's Song - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
31 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O'Mine UListen to Sample
32 Toto - Rosanna UListen to Sample
33 The Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil

It is true the man was stabbed to death, but he had a loaded Smith & Wesson.357 revolver pointed right at Mick Jagger when it happened, so it was somewhat justified.

A man was stabbed to death right in front of the stage when the Stones performed this live at the Altamont Music Festival.

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34 Back In Black - AC/DC
35 The Scarecrow - Avantasia

Filmed at Wacken Open Air, Germany on August 1st, 2008- incredible - calboye

36 2112: Overture / The Temples of Syrinx - Rush

Love this song amazing guitar and guitar solo great bass and really amazing drumming vote this one up should be number 1 or 2

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37 Rush - The Spirit of Radio

Love love love this song great song live amazing drumming great singing guitar and bass love the guitar solo should be number 3 great tune

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38 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Best Song Of All Times

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39 Journey - Don't Stop Believin' UListen to Sample
40 Rush - Tom Sawyer

Love This Song Live Great Guitar Bass Drumming And Singing THis Song Should Be Higher Up The List Vote This Song Up Please - mneilan

Really Good Song Live Amazing Guitar Solo Bass Singing And Drumming Is Amazing - mneilan

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41 The Police - Message in a Bottle

I'd much rather see the cover by Morgan Page. - PositronWildhawk

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42 Duran Duran - Ordinary World UListen to Sample
43 Boston - More Than a Feeling UListen to Sample
44 Highway to Hell - AC/DC
45 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac UListen to Sample
46 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) UListen to Sample
47 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop UListen to Sample
48 Faint - Linkin Park UListen to Sample
49 Angels - Robbie Williams UListen to Sample
50 Thin Lizzy - The Boys are Back in Town UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes

1. The Who - a Quick One, While He's Away
2. The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
3. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
1. Queen - We Will Rock You
2. AC/DC - Thunderstruck
3. Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
1. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
2. Duran Duran - Rio
3. Money for Nothing - Dire Straits


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