Top 10 Classic Rock Bands

By Alyssa Ladzinski,
What rock bands do you think are the most influential?

Grab your old band t-shirts, dust off your old record player, and play your favorite vinyl —we’re counting down the top 10 classic rock bands of all time.

Without the history and brilliance of the classic rock genre, we wouldn’t be listening to the music we currently know and love. Blues, country, and many other genres bloomed from the influential sound of rock music in the '50s, '60s, and '70s.


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The late '60s was referred to as the “golden age” of music —classic rock more specifically. Rock subgenres emerged such as blues-rock, folk rock, progressive, and psychedelic rock, glam rock, and eventually heavy metal. For most people, rock music spoke for a large youth revolt against conformity and regularity.

Aside from musical inspiration, classic rock acted as an outlet for social rights movements, which later led to popular subcultures. Hippies, mods, and rockers came first, while goth and emo subcultures came shortly after. Rock music has been associated with political activism and protesting as well as a way for people to release their emotional baggage that came along with racism, sexism, drug use and sexuality.

The rock sound often focuses on the electric guitar and most of the time includes vocals, a drummer, a guitarist, and a bassist.

The argument that rock music is just “noise” is utterly invalid —if anything, some messages are worth listening to and if not, the classic and talented sound will do the trick.

Let’s see which classic rock bands made the top 10.

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