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We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

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Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now
50. Fiona Apple
49. Taylor Swift
48. Green Day
47. Sigur Ros
46. Tool
45. Lady Gaga
44. Janelle Monae
43. Mumford and Sons
42. Skrillex
41. Tame Impala
40. Eric Church
39. Rush
38. Queens of the Stone Age
37. The National
36. Florence and the Machine
35. Bruno Mars
34. Foo Fighters
33. Beyonce
32. Sleigh Bells
31. David Byrne
30. Madonna
29. Muse
28. Patti Smith
27. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
26. Leonard Cohen
25. Phish
24. Dave Matthews Band
23. Pearl Jam
22. Tom Waits
21. Red Hot Chili Peppers
20. Kanye West
19. The Roots
18. Metallica
17. Nine Inch Nails
16. Alabama Shakes
15. Paul McCartney
14. The Black Keys
13. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
12. Wilco
11. U2
10. My Morning Jacket
9. Rage Against the Machine
8. Jack White
7. Radiohead
6. Jay Z
5. Neil Young
4. Arcade Fire
3. The Rolling Stones
2. Prince
1. Bruce Springsteen

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Comments (127)

LOL they're so funny.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:42 AM

Combined ages of the top 3: 4000.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:42 AM

Phish should be #1

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:42 AM

The best live act is your favorite band.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:43 AM

3. The Rolling Stones

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:45 AM

"The best live act is your favorite band."

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:45 AM

well at least they listed Skrillex

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:46 AM

Anyone who's ever seen Thee Oh Sees at Death By Audio knows this list is total bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:46 AM

People still read Rolling Stone?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:47 AM

Tame Impala over Sigur Ros - HAHA!!!! I really like Tame Impala but they are reeeeeally boring live.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:47 AM

Waste of time, not even gonna look at this list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:47 AM

Can't believe they didn't list Iggy

Posted by jl | August 1, 2013 11:49 AM

Jay-Z anywhere near this list is laughable!!! Just think who he beat out here. I don't care for Phish or Muse but you mean to tell me that this idiot puts on a better show? COME ON!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:50 AM

This is a comedy skit. Know-nothing magazine uses out of the loop industry has-beens to compile a list of pretty much the only 50 working rock acts that they can actually name among them.

Some of the notable head-slappers. NIN hasn't actually toured since 2009, although they've announced shows this year. Tom Waits hasn't actually played a show in like 5 years. Sigur Ros took off 4 years before returning this year. U2? Are they even an active band. Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift don't actually even perform live, other than singing along to pre-recorded tracks.
And Mumford and Sons? That's hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:51 AM

This list is worthless without GRIMES

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:51 AM

A Rapper in the top 10 is the ultimate sadness

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:53 AM

There are a lot of very good live acts on this list (Jack White, yes Springsteen, and Prince are all older but very good still live).

I'm confused by Sleigh Bells being here. I saw them at MHOW at the end of their tour for Treats and they weren't that great at all - it felt more like an awkward glee club singalong due to the lack of a drummer, with the guitarist looking silly jumping around.

Not sure how Tom Waits can be on this list since he hasn't toured in years.

Agreed that Thee Oh Sees not being on this list suggests they're blind to great live bands that have a smaller fan base.

Leonard Cohen live is certainly long, but his band is very boring, the highlight is when he plays acoustic guitar by himself.

And finally, I can't imagine the Rolling Stones being on this list is anything other than paid sponsorship at this point. They are terrible live right now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:54 AM

More people have read this thread than RS's total subscribership over the past 3 years.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:54 AM

They forgot to put the Boston Bomber on there. Is this because he doesn't do encores?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:55 AM

where is Grimes and Wavves?! unbelievable..

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:57 AM

BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCEEE!

You know Rolling Stone has to pander to their base, the crusty old boomer demo.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:57 AM

SLEIGH BELLS LOL

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:57 AM

51. Foxygen

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:57 AM

i saw Max Horwich busking and it was rad. #51

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:00 PM

51. Old 97's

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:00 PM

Rusted Root is definitely number 34.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:02 PM

Pearl Jam is the best and there is no close second

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:04 PM

No Hot Chip, Daft Punk, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Flaming Lips? Seem like obvious mainstream enough picks even for a mag as clueless as RS.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:06 PM

The beatboxers by the L train entrance in Union Square are numbers 10-18 respectively.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:07 PM

Dads have more fun

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:08 PM

I saw Bob Dylan on Saturday and he's definitely #78 best overall. He's #102 on personality and #101 on looks btw. Lyrics wise he's like #4.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:09 PM

ROFLMFAO

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:10 PM

What wheres floorpunch?

Posted by D | August 1, 2013 12:13 PM

rage against the machine? how do they "rule the road" in 2013 when they don't even play live anymore...

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:14 PM

Oh yeah, so crazy Tame Impala is on there why would a baby boomer magazine put on a fake 70s band? Just insane that happened. What a world.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:20 PM

this list is just an advertisement

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:21 PM

Skrillex - lol dude turns them knobs good live.

Posted by DumbDub | August 1, 2013 12:22 PM

I rule the road.

Posted by Max Horwich | August 1, 2013 12:24 PM

1. QotSA
2. NIN
3-50 everyone else

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:24 PM

My Morning Jacket should be higher.

And where exactly can you see Rage Against The Machine "right now"???

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:26 PM

This is more like a list the collective staff of Rolling Stone has seen live in the past 3 decades.. they had to stretch to fill 50 slots.

Posted by abc | August 1, 2013 12:28 PM

Fuck Jan Wenner and these ridiculous lists.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:28 PM

No R. Kelly?!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:29 PM

Commenters, take the bait.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:29 PM

"Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now"

Wouldn't "Right Now" explain why Daft Punk is excluded?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:37 PM

Congratulations to Rush!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:41 PM

I saw the Melvins last night. Why aren't they on this list? Ohhhh...wait.

Posted by JT | August 1, 2013 12:43 PM

David Yow's tight n shiny should dominate this list.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:44 PM

Where did Waits play in 2013???

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:52 PM

Wait, no Jack Johnson?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:53 PM

11:54: The Rolling Stones are better live this year than any time in recent memory. They are on fire with Mick Taylor back!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:53 PM

Wasn't "Rule the Road" the name of that Vice grime compilation?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:55 PM

Agree witht he Stones comment. They sound really excellent on this tour. Great setlists and Mick Taylor is killing it up there!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:00 PM

Where is Elton John?..still sells out shows all over

Posted by Dave | August 1, 2013 1:11 PM

Need to at Kenney Chesney!!!!

Also need to get rid of Arcade Fire. They are a snooze fest live. I remember after LCD played a joint show with them half the crowd left after LCD because Arcade Fire was so boring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:18 PM

Lack of Iron Maiden makes this meaningless

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:23 PM

Don't listen to them ever, but where is Dillinger Escape Plan? They are a circus act onstage. Give credit where it's due man.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:24 PM

In 25 years of concertgoing, I have not seen an act better than Prince.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:28 PM

Alabama Shakes at 16 is the most egregious thing on this list

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:32 PM

16. Alabama Shakes
15. Paul McCartney

UMM

Also U2 hasn't played live in what 3 years?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:34 PM

Rage?! When is the last show they played!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:35 PM

where is friends? the girl showed her boobies, that's a hot act imo!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:37 PM

Most of these 50 bands turned their backs on youth crew / hardcore a long time ago. For them (I'm especially looking at you, Dave Matthews) to go out on tour claiming edge now is just sickening.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:39 PM

bahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:43 PM

Tool . . . definitely.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:46 PM

Did my Dad write this list? He can't even use a computer, LOL

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:46 PM

Where the fuck is Bjork? RS is only good for wiping your ass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:47 PM

Tool fans are and have always been.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:49 PM

LOL @ 1:47 don't get an ASS RASH that shit is toxic

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:49 PM

...awesome, 1:49?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:54 PM

Alabama Shakes is Max Horwich's favorite band. He thinks they wail. He actually first heard them while giving another male head at Wesleyan, his alma mater.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 1:58 PM

I'm no DM fan but "claiming edge"? What is that all about?

1206 Hot Chip are just plain lame, Daft Punk haven't played in years, Yeah Yeah Yeahs are ok live and Flaming Lips are a big gimmick live.

1253 I hope you are kidding.

Sleigh Bells? That's gotta be a mistake. Same with Foo Fighters, Kanye, Madonna, Jay-Z, Alabama Shakes. When is the last time Rage or Tom waits played?

People pick apart The Stones - I saw them twice and they were pretty damn good.

If we are talking popular bands here, what about Depeche Mode, Bjork, The Cure, Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Iggy Pop, New Order, Beck, Gary Clark Jr to name a few.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:00 PM

^ go away

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:02 PM

Rage is incredible live but you gotta take them off and put up either Audioslave or Velvet Revolver. I mean, come on.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:08 PM

Rolling Stone is so useless

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:16 PM

1:54 - no. Tools.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:17 PM

>rolling stone

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:21 PM

2:17. Tool is incredible live

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:22 PM

^ tool.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:23 PM

who is Eric Church?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:25 PM

LOL at anyone that takes seriously anything Rolling Stone has to say

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:27 PM

Used some tools on your mom last nite, 2:23

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:27 PM

Iggy, PIL, WIRE.

Most of the rest of those bands make sour hummus look good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:35 PM

@2:27
Had your mom for dinner last night, with some fava beans and a nice chianti

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:36 PM

This list sounds like someone looking for some street cred.

Posted by AnonySchlong | August 1, 2013 2:38 PM

^ wow. Just not funny at all

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:38 PM

It's obvious they included Tame Impala so that they can give the appearance of being relevant.
If you are including any rappers, KRS-ONE should be on the list. He can wipe the floor with any MC, without the use of expensive stage productions.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:39 PM

So you're a cannibal, 2:36 or just a terrible comedian?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:41 PM

Why isn't Frohawk and his band on the list?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:42 PM

This is awful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:44 PM

LOL "jokes" about eating out a dude's mom are OK, but actually eating her are not

A job ... Look into one.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:48 PM

At least they got #1 right.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:52 PM

2:36. Kill yourself

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 2:56 PM

Rush. Yes

Taylor Swift. No

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 3:04 PM

SLAYERRRRRR!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 3:07 PM

Why isn't Ke$sha on the list, or Daft Punk, or Kit Kat Kathy?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 3:11 PM

no Grimes?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 4:20 PM

How in the living fuck is the Dave Matthews Band better than the Foo Fighters by TEN spots? Are you fisting my ass Rolling Stone? How did the reviewer not just collapse into a boredom-induced coma at the DMB show? Maybe he did.. and forgot what a snoozefest that guy has been since.... forever....

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 4:51 PM

Also, 1:39 (D-Clone) made me laugh until I coughed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 4:54 PM

1:18, LCD's fan base are by & large drug-gobbling ravers.. the younger brothers & sisters of the shitty '90s ravers. They were avoided then, and are wisely avoided now. The Arcade Fire doesn't play fucking dance music, thank goodness. It's no wonder all of the twerps left after their Molly buzz was wearing off.

I'm surprised that those two bands even played a show together given that the LCD guy has publicly detailed how much he hates rock bands or whatever... because of how "fake" they all are. Because he thought that getting into the rave scene was obviously a far more legitimate avenue to connect with people. Yeah, nothing connects you like a mountain of blow and funfur boots at Burning Man.

Fuuuuuck.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 5:07 PM

451 Foo fighters = Mall Rock.
Enjoy that fisting. You deserve it!


Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 5:16 PM

anthony and the weiners

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 5:54 PM

The National? Maybe if I had problems falling asleep I'd go see them.


Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 6:09 PM

Fuck this

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 7:37 PM

5:07, James Murphy just helped produce the new arcade fire album. You know nothing about music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 8:01 PM

Obviously all records sales.
Nothing more or less.
Did you think it would be different.
Why post anymore kids?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 8:32 PM

Yea, this list sucks, but how many decades has it been since Stone even approached relevancy? 4?

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 8:58 PM

507 LCD are part of some rave scene? I saw LCD open for Arcade Fire and I doubt anyone left. I've seen both bands numerous times and they were always very good. LCD were a lot more fun though.


Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 9:04 PM

genuinely struggling with which comments are serious are which ones aren't

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 9:47 PM

lol

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 9:58 PM

I have eaten platters of hummus while listening to LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Suicide, Talking Heads, Frohawk & Friends, Max Horwich & Friends--- but never to Pearl Jam.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 10:06 PM

Its weird that they didn't include Daft Punk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 10:07 PM

Why are some people so obsessed with Bruce Springsteen? I saw him live at Bonnaroo, but was like meh.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 10:08 PM

Greatest/ Best of LISTS are worse than sour hummus/ vaginas/ buttholes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 10:20 PM

1007 When is the last time they played live? This dopey list is for bands playing live currently although Tom Waits and Rage haven't played in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 10:43 PM

10:43, it was a joke dude. Clearly, you don't read the comments on this site often.

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 11:10 PM

Man that first Woodstock back in '94 when i saw green day in them mud pits was incredible. I saw a girl give birth behind a Snapple stand earlier in the day.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 1:03 AM

Bruce really is the best live performer out there (still). They at least got that one right. The rest of the list is pretty suspect, both in who they left out and where they placed some of these other bands.

As for all of you wondering why bands that haven't toured in the last year or 2 are on there you should try reading the criteria: "To be eligible for the list, a performer must have toured within the last five years and not announced their retirement."

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 9:32 AM

morning jacket over wilco...?
no way..

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2013 4:45 PM

JSBX.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2013 6:25 PM

Melvins

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2013 11:19 PM

? Where is the strokes?

Posted by Anonymous TROLL | August 4, 2013 7:29 AM

Tool plays shows still?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2013 4:33 PM

What about Jimmy Buffett? Or Kenny Chesney? They put on a better show than 3/4 of the bands on the list.

Posted by Mike | August 14, 2013 9:14 AM

She was great in "Girl Interupted". But I have seen her in anything else that justifies her fame.

Posted by Chloe | February 26, 2014 6:52 AM

pink floyd, the rolling stones, guns n' roses, aerosmith, bon jovi,nirvana,ac/dc, led zeppelin, u2 & the beatles are the biggest classics of all the history

Posted by Thompson | March 18, 2014 6:40 AM

Listen to any Lennon/Beatles (lead vocal) song and you'll realise that Kevin Parker sounds nothing like him.

Posted by Callen | May 15, 2014 3:16 AM

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