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.
||With record sales estimated at more than a billion worldwide, no other band had a greater influence on the course of rock music.
||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.
||One of the first, most successful, and longest lasting power trios, The Who were innovative both musically and technically.
||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.
||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.
||Their Greatest Hits
||Another of rock's longest-lasting acts, their 1976 greatest hits album is the biggest selling album of all time.
||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.
||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.
||In spite of a short life and limited discography, they became one of rock's most popular and influential groups.
||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.
||After numerous personnel and musical style changes, their 1977 Rumours album is still among the top ten best selling albums ever.
||Back In Black
||This pioneering Hard Rock/Heavy Metal group has sold an estimated 100-million albums worldwide.
||When their first album was released in 1976, it was the highest grossing debut album ever seen up until that time.
||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.
||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.
||The Byrds' Greatest Hits
||Among the pioneers of Folk Rock, their popularity in the mid-60s rivaled that of the Beatles
||Toys In The Attic
||Originally written off as Rolling Stones imitators, the group has consistently produced multi-million-selling albums for 30+ years
||This groundbreaking Latin Rock group timed the release of its first album to coincide with a highly successful performance at Woodstock in 1969.
||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.
||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
||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.
||With worldwide albums sales of about 150-million since 1969, Genesis was instrumental in keeping Progressive Rock in the mainstream
||Eat A Peach
||The success of their unique fusion of Hard Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Classical music has secured this group's immortality
||Journey's jazz-flavored sound has been a fixture in the rock scene since 1973.
||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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