Greatest Classic Rock Bands

The Top Ten
1 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin was an English hard rock band formed in London in 1968 as the New Yardbirds. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums) and was very much the child of Jimmy Page who even financed their first tour. He had tasted some previous success with The [original] Yardbirds and was friendly with some big names in rock. Page states it was Keith Moon of The Who that claimed the band could only go down, like a lead balloon -- thus prompting the iconic name of Led Zeppelin. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors more.

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!

Led Zeppelin. Jimmy Page. Robert Plant. John Paul Jones. John Bonham. No other bands have ever produced hit after hit like they did. Page brought guitar solos that were just earth shattering, and together Plant and Page wrote genius songs like "Stairway to Heaven" "Heartbreaker" " Whole Lotta Love" "Dazed and Confused" "Over the Hills and Far Away" "Ramble On" and many many more. No other band in history had such a talented group of people who brought that much energy to the stage. Safe to say, Led Zeppelin will never, ever be touched for the title of the greatest classic rock band of all time. Long Live Zeppelin!

Arguably the best band ever with songs from kashmir to, stairway to heaven, to black dog, to whole lotta love, to achilles last stand. These guys were so diverse and were extremely talented. They had the best guitarist, bassist, drummer, and frontman in rock. They overtook the Beatles as the biggest band in the world in 1970 and although their career was cut short by Bonzo's death they still created great music in their short lifetime. They set many concerts for solo acts in their prime and in their early years when they played with other groups, they were forced to go last because other bands were afraid to play after the might Led Zeppelin

I agree with the #1 ranking. It's pretty hard to find a more prolific and influential band from that era. They owned the late 60's, and most of the 70's, everything up to and including Led Zeppelin 4 were groundbreaking and truly outstanding. Then came Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti, which seemed to pivot more into a pop oriented style. And then everything after that was trash IMPO.

Jimmy Page guitar playing ok, but inconsistent, with occasional flashes of brilliance. Although he was a great artist and musician, his actual playing tended to be sloppy quite often. There are many great guitar virtuosos that put him to shame in playing skill and virtue, but together with Robert Plant, and John Bonham, they made up for a lot of his sloppy work.

They deserve the #1 ranking IMPO.

2 Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970. The original lineup was Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar, vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. He then joined the band in 1970, suggested "Queen" as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was also recruited to complete the line-up. more.

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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I do love Led Zeppelin, but Queen is my #1 Favorite Classic Rock band ever. They were the 1st Rock band I ever listen to since I was a baby. And Freddie Mercury to me is the greatest front man of any rock band in the world. Their songs (such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions, Another One Bites the Dust, Under Pressure, Somebody to Love, I Want to Break Free, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio Ga Ga and The Show Must Go On) are classics. Today's kids should listen to this band, instead the crap they listen to these days.

Queen is no question the best band ever. They have the greatest singer ever, Freddie Mercury, also a amazing piano player. For example, Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, Seven Seas of Rhye, and The March of the Black Queen. One of the best guitarists ever. For example, Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, The Prophet Song, Hammer To Fall. One of the best bassists. For example, Another One Bites The Dust, Killer Queen. Queen is my favorite band ever! I am in a queen cover band!

As I question the great mystery as to why Queen isn't number one today, I still say... Queen is the greatest out there. Freddie's voice reaches you and makes you want to cry, Brian's guitar playing just blows your mind into tiny shards, John's bass riffs make you pumped and wanting more, and of course, Roger's amazing drumming will always find you and sweep you off your feet. All of them make the greatest sounds and most beautiful songs out there...

3 The Beatles The Beatles were an English pop rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. more.

People say that The Beatles are overrated. That is not true because they have done so much for music. There wouldn't be Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen or anything without Sgt. Peppers. Beatles invented music again. So they are not overrated at all. Zeppelin is easily the most overrated band in history, Pink Floyd, Queen and The Beatles are all 1000 times better and after all zeppelin has only one kickass album.

I love The Beatles, seems like I can listen to every song over and over again. Queen is a really good band but no way do they come close to the Beatles. Led Zeppelin is a hard rocking band worthy of the Gods, but had there troubles with stealing music early. I can't believe how low Black Sabbath is, again Heavy Rock band worthy of the Gods. Sabbath over Zeppelin. Beatles over all.

They wrote amazing songs in almost every musical genre (from hard rock to jazz, from classical music to experimental rock, from folk rock to Indian music, from blues to psychedelic, from rock'n'roll to ska...).
Their melodies were simple and catchy, and their lyrics were beautiful (just listen to "Across The Universe" or "Strawberry Fields Forever").
Their covers were better than the originals.
They made extraordinary studio albums (Sgt. Pepper's, Abbey Road, the White Album and Revolver, just to name a few), and they were a great live band.
They started the British Invasion of America.
They released 12 studio albums and 214 songs (and almost 200 of them were original).

And, most of all, they did all this in 7 years ('63-'69).

Even after their split up, the four of Liverpool had gorgeous solo careers and made some of the biggest songs of all time, such as John's "Imagine", George's "My Sweet Lord", Paul's "Maybe I'm Amazed" and Ringo's "It Don't Come ...more

Best, most innovative, tightest, song writing band in rock history bar none. They were the trend setters. They changed the world... No band, no matter how great had the impact the Beatles did. There albums contain more hits per album than any band could even wish for.

4 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd are an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), and Richard Wright (Vocals and Keyboard). Barrett was replaced by Gilmour in 1968. more.

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.

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

Perhaps the most intelligent msuic ever made, Pink Floyd's music is not easy to understand. However, once you "get" Pink Floyd, the music stops being creepy and becomes so beautiful that you can't stop listening to it. It took me decades to "get" Pink Floyd. I remember when it happened, I was at home and my father bought me a copy of DSOTM and The Wall for Christmas. I popped in DSOTM and just listened to it, one song after the next. Keep in mind, I'd listened to Pink Floyd since I was three years old but this time, something felt different. The music was taking me somewhere, somewhere I'd never been before and when Time's glourious guitar solo ended, I realised that I now understood Pink Floyd and it was a feeling that defies explanation. I think that every Pink Floyd fan knows what I mean. It's one thing to like Pink Floyd's music (which I always did) and then, there's the moment when you "get" Pink Floyd and the music starts speaking to you on a whole other level. It's a similar ...more

Phenomenal band. An Album for every mindset. Its funny because self important idiots that write for magazines think that they didn't revolutionise music. I disagree, for a start if it weren't for early floyd expanding minds by delving into hypnotic and heavy songs then the audiences would never have been receptive to the likes of Black Sabbath. I would say that they had more of effect on the creation of heavy metal than any other band including Zeppellin and the Beatles.

5 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

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.

I like rolling stones better than beetles. Judas priest isn't classic rock it's metal. Queen and led zepplin have enough attention. Pink Floyd puts me asleep so their long songs (all of them) aren't in my best interest. AC/DC is good but it doesn't deserve greatest classic rock band of all time status and that's the same thing with aerosmith. Rolling stones are really the only ones who come close enough to earn this right

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

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.

6 AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

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

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 epic ...more

I love AC/DC they have the best riffs they still play the same as when they begain they never forgot about bon scott either. Brian had a big roll too fall in too but he tryed and success he was amazing I love it great band. Seen them hope I get the chance to do it again best to me thanks


Seriously? 6th? AC/DC is Classic Rock. It's time to make a move to 1st place. You all know it's well deserved. I mean come on, they're senior citizens and still rocking' on. Pure disrespect to the G.O.A. T in Rock N' Roll by leaving them at 6.

7 The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.

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!

The Who is iconic with 4 of the greatest at their individual instruments/ vocals meshing within for my money the greatest rock and roll songwriter of all time Pete Townshend's writing. Equally briliant both live and in the studio. There is nothing within the genre thatThe Who does not excel or or in many cases invented or were the first to do. On a deserted island give me Quadrophenia/Who's Next/Tommy/Live at Leeds and I will survive and maintain my sanity, perspective and outlook.

The Who were the first to create the rock opera, The Who were the first to truly effectively use synthesizers, The Who were the first band to have a truly talented and animal like drummer (they predate Bonham with Zeppelin), and John Entwistle is an astounding bass player. The Who deserve to be so much higher on this list. AC/DC?! Are you kidding me?! They were pioneers in no way and all of their music is much too formulaic.

8 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.

The band became mainstream after improving after their debut album got panned. In 1978, Osbourne was fired and replaced with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Who went to release 2 albums before leaving in 1983, only for Osbourne to return in 1992. more.

To KingofSnails42, metal is a sub genre of rock. Also Black Sabbath is a great band but I personally wouldn't consider them classical rock, so I would agree with KingofSnails42 if he meant that they were a metal band, not a classical rock band. But if he meant that metal wasn't rock, then see my first statement.

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?

Black Sabbath is one of the bands that started metal. In fact, they're basically the godfaether of metal. They should be at least in the top 5 or higher! Some people have no taste these days. Black Sabbath forever!

Awesome band with a diverse musical category, going from acoustic instrumentals such as Fluff to heavy balls on headbangers such as Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Iron Man, Snowblind, Symptom Of The Universe,Hole In The Sky, etc, to ballads such as Changes.

9 The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

This band changed the world, their influence is everywhere, in the music you hear on the radio, in the way poets and writers think, in the stars who don't watch their language on live T.V. , in the attitudes of the people you meet and literally EVERYWHERE!

When their debut album came in 1967, it was the first time they totally reinvented the rock culture, but it surely wasn't the last!

If you love rock music and understand some intelligent poetry, you can't deny they are the best band ever, everything about them was magic! Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Rolling Stoned etc are all great, but when considering the best and not the greatest, hand down, The Doors at #1!

R.I. P Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek.

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!

They are not like any other classic rock bands they are just amazing. One of the greatest singers/frontmen one of the best guitarists and Ray was also one of the best. It's so sad that their career had been stopped so early.R.I. P Jim and Ray.

10 The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time more.

Jimi hendrix is my biggest inspiration! Started playing a little over a year ago and still play every day. If I'm ever felling down, I just listen to a little hendrix. I really like watching him live on you, because that's really the closest I can come to actually bein at one of his legendart concerts. I truely feel soul pouring out of hendrix and his guitar. Wish I could have meet him, his music is the best in the univers, just my opinion thought, rock on hendrix, forever your sound will adventure!

Ps. still havr an unopened copy of the jimi hendrix experienc, hoping someday it will inspire my childen

Jimi Hendrix had the potential to rule the rock scene for decades, but his unfortunate young death put an early end to his career.

Should be number one. Greatest guitarist/lyricist of all time.

It wasn't even just Jimi Hendrix, the greatest musician ever, Mitch Mitchell was an awesome drummer and both Billy Cox and Noel Redding were great on the bass

The Contenders
11 Rush Rush was a Canadian progressive rock band that was formed in 1968. The band has had an iconic lineup since 1975, which included Neil Peart (Drums, Percussion), Geddy Lee (Vocals, Bass, Keyboards), and the guitarist, Alex Lifeson. Peart passed away after a 3 year battle with brain cancer in January of 2020. Because of this, Lee says there are no plans to keep the band going, so Rush is most likely defunct. The band has become one of the most well-known progressive rock bands in the world, with such albums as "2112", "Hemispheres" and "Moving Pictures". More than half of their albums have gone gold or platinum, as certified by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America).

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

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!

If this poll was about the best players in rock and roll history ; well then Rush would be # 1 by a landslide! But its not. I would still have them in my top 20 most definitely! But Bon Jovi would not even be considered as a classic rock band, Hairband= maybe! My top 3 Classic rock bands would be...
1. ) Boston
2. ) Journey
3. ) Queen

Rush. The greatest rock band of the 20th century. Geddy, Alex and Neil are simply the most coordinated and proficient of their genre. If a band can churn out a 7-piece masterpiece such as 2112, then they either have to be insanely lucky, or be extremely good musicians. There is no competion here WHATSOEVER.

12 Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, together with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, have been referred to as the "unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-seventies". They were listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre, and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. more.

To the guy who said "Terrible band, they truly sucked", I want to tell him something:
It's onoy because you haven't heard of them! If you listen to their songs, you'll find out that they were great!

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.

13 Van Halen Van Halen was an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

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!

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.

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.

How is van Halen below deep purple! They should be in the top ten at least!

14 Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Aerosmith is great they are my favorite rock band, I love there songs: walk this way, toys in the attic, make it, and sweet emotion. Gosh please put them in led zeppelins pace cause they are SO better. Seriosly.

Top 5 are good, but I'd put Aerosmith above AC/DC. AC/DC can rock, but their songs are pretty simplistic. Aerosmith has more variety. This list better than most I've seen on the web.

Aerosmith is the greatest selling American rock band ever! 11th place is a joke! All of their songs are great! And one of the greatest bands to see live!

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.

15 Metallica Metallica is an American Heavy/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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

16 The Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

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!

The Eagles don't get nearly the respect they deserve. They are my favorite band and deserve to be #2 behind The Rolling Stones. And, the Beatles and their fans can suck it.

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.

17 Journey Journey is an American arena rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

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.

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!

Distinctive, propulsive, and immediately recognizable. Most Journey songs spark instant awareness and interest. Love it anytime one of their songs strike the airways!

Journey is my favorite but I also love Aerosmith, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, the Stones, Foreigner, the Eagles, Lynard Skynard, Heart, and Billy Squier... Who is not a band though. Where'd he go? Loved him so much!

18 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A mediocre West Coast band that did a fair job of pretending to be from Louisiana.

I love CCR. Their greatest hit in my opinion is Heard it throught th grapevine and the rest are good songs too. This should be in the top ten. CCR FOREVER!

My mum would listen to this band forever (in-between Fats and Hank Williams).

CCR are one of the greatest bands of all time! Number 21?!?!? They deserve to be in the in the top 10

19 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

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.

Greatest band to ever play. Ronnie Van Zants song writing abillity and lead vocals, steve gaines, allen collins, and gary rossington produced the greatest guitar solos of all time. There is no such thing as a bad Skynyrd song. Only band that even comes close to Skynyrd is zeppelin. Free Bird greatest song of all time

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.

When critics say that they blew The Rolling Stones and The Who off stage you'd think people would stop being idiots and accept the genius of their music and Ronnie Van Zants Vocals however a few of these bands are not classic rock. The top ten best rock bands of all time:
1. LED zeppelin
2. The Beatles
3. The Who
4. The Rolling Stones
5. CCR
6. Lynyrd Skynyrd
7. Pink Floyd
8. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
9. Queen
10. The Jimi Hendrix Experience or The doors

20 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.

very diverse music through the years, plus having Stevie Nicks and Buckingham both lead singers in different songs. No album has the same feel or sound. Can't say that about most classic rock groups. I know South Park made fun of Nicks for sounding like a Lamb, but lets face it- South Park makes fun of everything

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!

Music is more diverse than most bands and as timeless as Beatles or Zepellin. They are a source of insipration to young musicians and withstood the test of time, no doubt. Should be in top 10.

Why they are not not with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd?

21 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian more.

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

Iron Maiden best one! :>

What an amazing band

Should be in top 10

22 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.

Deserves top 10. Helped expand progressive and classic rock.

23 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.

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.

24 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock/pop rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's most famous album is Slippery When Wet, released in 1986, and had multiple hit singles such as "You give love a bad name", "Livin' On A Prayer", and "Wanted Dead Or Alive". The band's success continued well into the 1990s and 2000s, and the group still makes music to this day. They have sold around around 83 million albums worldwide.The band's first four albums blended the glam metal more.

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.

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.

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.

Springsteen better than Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi pretty good, but more like top 50 than top 20. Springsteen probably top 15.

25 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.
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