Classic rock is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, the classic rock format features music ranging generally from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, primarily focusing on commercially successful hard rock popularized in the 1970s. The radio format became increasingly popular with the baby boomer demographic by the end of the 1990s.
Selections are determined by a combination of album sales, radio airplay, touring history, and degree of continuous popularity. Solo artists are included in a separate list.
The greatest classic rock bands of all time embody the spirit of a generation of people who just wanted to rock. These top classic rock bands include some of the best live acts of all time and man, did they rock hard. For those who got to see these amazing classic rock bands live, you'll surely understand how they earned the title of best classic rock band; for those who missed out, they'll simply remain the bands you wish you could have seen live.
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"Penny Lane" by The Beatles
The Beatles are the best-selling band in history (with 600 million records sold worldwide).
The following is a list of the Top 100 Classic Rock Bands. This isn’t the definitive Top 100 Classic Rock Bands list but it’s a good way to discuss who should be this classic rock list.
Bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin rarely fall out of the public eye, and rightly so. But beneath the radar lies a number of groups from the classic rock era who don't get their just due.
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band, formed in London in April 1962 by Brian Jones (guitars, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (vocals, ...
Rolling Stone magazine ranked the band fourth on the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list.