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Top 50 Classic Rock Bands (26-50)

Selections are determined by a combination of album sales, radio airplay, touring history, and degree of continuous popularity.
N Artist Essential Album Note
26 Jethro Tull Very Best Of Jethro Tull Tull developed and maintained a sound that was completely unlike any other band's, with the use of the flute as a lead instrument, and with a heavy classical music influence.
27 Foreigner Complete Greatest Hits A group of back-up players got together in 1976 and formed a group that became a longtime Arena Rock and radio airplay favorite.
28 The Kinks Ultimate Collection They maintained their popularity through the 60s and 70s by adjusting their lyric themes and musical styles as times, and public tastes, changed.
29 Blue Oyster Cult The Essential Blue Oyster Cult Formed in the mid 60s, this Metal/Psych Rock band had a long string of successful albums throughout the '70s and '80s.
30 Buffalo Springfield Retrospective The group existed for less than two years, but was considered a significant force in mid 60s rock, and launched the careers of members Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Jim Messina, and Richie Furay.
31 Queen Platinum Collection The band that put the glitter in Glitter Rock is second only to the Beatles in album sales in the UK.
32 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Deja Vu More than any other group of their time, they endeared themselves to a generation of youth with their lyric themes and eclectic variety of musical styles.
33 Styx Gold After failing to break through with Progressive Rock, this group is credited with originating the more mainstream Arena Rock sound.
34 Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle At the height of the British Invasion, they were the leading American rock band.
35 Deep Purple Very Best Of They shuffled personnel and musical styles until they became one of the most successful bands on the concert and recording circuit.
36 Steve Miller Band Young Hearts They paid their dues as a backup band before becoming one of the most popular groups of the 70s
37 Guess Who Anthology One of Canada's most popular rock bands evolved from Soft Rock to a harder variety from the early 60s through the mid 70s.
38 Dave Clark Five 30 Greatest Hits Beatlemania helped propel this British group to great popularity in America.
39 Steppenwolf All Time Greatest Hits This Canadian Heavy Metal band is credited with creating the Bike Rock sub-genre.
40 Yes Very Best Of Yes In spite of more than the usual number of major personnel changes, this group has had a long and successful career.
41 Doobie Brothers Best Of The Doobies They weren't actually brothers, but they have parlayed a distinctive Heavy MetalSouthern Rock blend into a 30+ year career.
42 Chicago Only The Beginning Formed in 1967, Chicago became one of the most successful orchestral rock groups and is still active four decades later.
43 KISS Gold Mix Hard Rock with over-the-top appearance and stage antics and you get the fathers of glitter-punk.
44 Blondie Parallel Lines Emerging from the early Punk Rock scene, Blondie ultimately expanded their stylistic approach to include Disco, New Wave and Hip-Hop.
45 Rush Permanent Waves Rush is considered one of rock's best live bands, in addition to cranking out 30 albums over 30 years.
46 Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Their short life as a rebellious and proudly controversial Punk band was out of proportion to the huge influence they had on pop culture in England.
47 Lynyrd Skynyrd Skynyrd's Innyrds Described by All Music Guide as "the definitive Southern Rock band," they reunited ten years after the deaths of three original members in a 1977 plane crash, and still perform today.
48 The Police Every Breath You Take: The Classics The Police distinguished themselves by being able to be successful in the mainstream playing experimental rock.
49 Grand Funk Railroad We're An American Band Achieved greater commercial success than any other American rock band in the 60s and early 70s.
50 Black Sabbath We Sold Our Soul For Rock And Roll One of the longest lasting and most successful groups is credited as the first Heavy Metal band.

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