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Top 50 Classic Rock Bands (1-25)

Selections are determined by a combination of album sales, radio airplay, touring history, and degree of continuous popularity.
N Artist Essential Album Note
1 The Beatles Revolver With record sales estimated at more than a billion worldwide, no other band had a greater influence on the course of rock music.
2 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here At the vanguard of the Progressive Rock movement, they have sold more than 200-million albums since 1967. One of the first bands to use light shows and fireworks in their live performances.
3 The Who Who's Next One of the first, most successful, and longest lasting power trios, The Who were innovative both musically and technically.
4 Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers The original "bad boys" of rock, the Stones are among the most durable bands, recording and touring with few breaks since they began in 1961.
5 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV Their "Stairway To Heaven" is believed to have received more radio airplay than any other song in history, even though it was never released as a single.
6 Eagles Their Greatest Hits Another of rock's longest-lasting acts, their 1976 greatest hits album is the biggest selling album of all time.
7 Grateful Dead Anthem Of The Sun One of San Francisco's first "flower power" bands, their fan following is nearly as strong today as it was when the group disbanded in 1995.
8 Jefferson Airplane After Bathing At Baxter's Pioneers of the Psychedelic Rock genre, they were in the vanguard of the counter-culture of the '60s and '70s.
9 The Doors The Doors In spite of a short life and limited discography, they became one of rock's most popular and influential groups.
10 Moody Blues Days Of Future Passed With the exception of a few years in the mid-70s, this Progressive/Psychedelic group has toured and recorded since 1964.
11 Fleetwood Mac Rumours After numerous personnel and musical style changes, their 1977 Rumours album is still among the top ten best selling albums ever.
12 AC/DC Back In Black This pioneering Hard Rock/Heavy Metal group has sold an estimated 100-million albums worldwide.
13 Boston Boston When their first album was released in 1976, it was the highest grossing debut album ever seen up until that time.
14 Cream Wheels Of Fire The group existed for less than three years but staked its place as one of the first and most enduringly popular of rock's power trios.
15 Def Leppard Hysteria Futuristic instrumentation and vocal harmonies have kept them near the top of the all-time best selling album lists for a quarter of a century.
16 The Byrds The Byrds' Greatest Hits Among the pioneers of Folk Rock, their popularity in the mid-60s rivaled that of the Beatles
17 Aerosmith Toys In The Attic Originally written off as Rolling Stones imitators, the group has consistently produced multi-million-selling albums for 30+ years
18 Carlos Santana Abraxas This groundbreaking Latin Rock group timed the release of its first album to coincide with a highly successful performance at Woodstock in 1969.
19 Blood Sweat & Tears Blood Sweat & Tears Virtually a small orchestra, this group established a milestone in rock history with its large horn section and jazz-blues orientation.
20 Van Halen MCMLXXXIV One of the most innovative and influential Heavy Metal groups of the late '70s, the group continues to perform some 30+ years after its inception
21 ZZ Top The Best Of ZZ Top The self-proclaimed "little ol' band from Texas" was one of the earliest influences in Southern Rock, and continues so, three decades later.
22 Genesis Platinum Collection With worldwide albums sales of about 150-million since 1969, Genesis was instrumental in keeping Progressive Rock in the mainstream
23 Allman Brothers Eat A Peach The success of their unique fusion of Hard Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Classical music has secured this group's immortality
24 Journey Greatest Hits Journey's jazz-flavored sound has been a fixture in the rock scene since 1973.
25 Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die Traffic had far greater success with albums than with singles, and thrived in spite of numerous personnel changes and long breaks.

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