Who are the best live acts out there these days? To find out, Rolling Stone asked a panel of industry professionals and artists to vote on their favorite live performers right now.
To be eligible for the list, a performer must have toured within the last five years and not announced their retirement. Check out the most rocking, fun and crowd-pleasing live acts.
14. The Black Keys The Black Keys honed their raucous live set for years in clubs, as they tightened up their songwriting. Now, they're bringing big riffs and bigger hooks to arenas and festivals around the world.
13. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Fans who complained of stale hits-heavy setlists in recent years got a surprise this year when the Heartbreakers overhauled their set with deep originals and covers.
12. Wilco Jeff Tweedy and Nels Cline have become one of the best two-guitar-fronts in rock. Plus, their catalog has grown fat with gems, and you never know what they're going to play.
11. U2 Three decades into their career, Bono and Co. are still at the top of their stadium-killing game.
10. My Morning Jacket They're the quintessential 21st century rock & roll psychedelic band, fusing decades of rock history into exploratory jams and anthems, while peppering every set with excellent covers.
9. Rage Against the Machine They haven't released a note of new music this century, but their three-album catalog represents rap-rock at it's absolute best. Their rare shows these days prove that every band that followed in their wake is a pale imitator.
8. Jack White Live, White will break out songs from his whole career, including cuts by White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather.
7. Radiohead Radiohead are the only band in rock that can leave nearly every hit song out of the setlist, and still see 20,000 fans walk out of an arena happy. They refuse to rest on nostalgia, and since their new work is every bit as strong as the classics, it doesn't matter.
6. Jay Z With a live band keeping him on the toes of his fresh Louis boat shoes, the only predictable thing about a Jay Z show is you won't see the same one twice.
5. Neil Young By some miracle, Young's singing voice and guitar playing is undiminished from his Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere days forty-plus years ago. Whether he's playing with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Crazy Horse or completely solo acoustic, he pours every bit of himself into his stage show.
4. Arcade Fire The Montreal band has proven that emotionally apocalyptic indie rock can be as grand as U2 without losing any of its chaotic intensity.
3. The Rolling Stones After a five-year break, the Stones swaggered back last year, playing rarities ("Factory Girl"), fan requests ("Memory Motel,") and a stretch of absolute classics ("Tumbling Dice," "Honky Tonk Women"), proving they're still the world's greatest rock & roll band.
2. Prince He's never sounded better, his band 3rd Eye Girl is fire-hot and he's plundering his back catalog with a vengeance.
1. Bruce Springsteen Springsteen has always brought nearly superhuman levels of energy to his shows, but his current Wrecking Ball tour stands as one of his greatest and most thrilling.
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