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

Each time I listen to Jackie's version of this track from the movie, House of Flying Daggers, her vocals STILL send waves of electricity throughout my body!

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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.

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

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

Obviously Jackie Evancho is number 1. - 445956

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

Jackie is the absolute best!

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4 The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
5 The Who - a Quick One, While He's Away
6 Duran Duran - Rio
7 The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
8 Money for Nothing - Dire Straits
9 Queen - Radio Ga Ga
10 Fleetwood Mac - Little Lies

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The Contenders

11 Aerosmith - Walk This Way
12 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Fan Favorite amazing live

13 Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
14 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.

15 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.

16 Kiss - Rock N Roll All Nite
17 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.

18 Nirvana - All Apologies
19 Rush - YYZ
20 AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
21 Queen - I Want to Break Free
22 Bon Jovi - Livin On a Prayer
23 Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
24 Toto - Rosanna
25 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.

26 Back In Black - AC/DC
27 Rush - 2112

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

28 AC/DC - Thunderstruck

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

29 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

30 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana

Best Song Of All Times

31 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

32 The Police - Message In a Bottle

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

33 Duran Duran - Ordinary World
34 Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
35 Boston - More Than a Feeling
36 Highway to Hell - AC/DC
37 The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
38 Faint - Linkin Park
39 Angels - Robbie Williams
40 Thin Lizzy - The Boys are Back in Town
41 Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
42 Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
43 Prince - When Doves Cry
44 Rem - It's the End of the World as We Know It
45 Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
46 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
47 Blondie - Atomic
48 Fleetwood Mac - Dreams
49 Toto - Africa
50 Huey Lewis & The News - The Power of Love
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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. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
2. Duran Duran - Rio
3. Money for Nothing - Dire Straits


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