Are you missing the excitement of large music events?
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy incredible musical performances, watching YouTube concerts is a fun alternative. Whatever your favorite music genre, we’ve got you covered with some of the greatest live performers of all time.
In no particular order, here are 14 of the best live concert videos you can watch on YouTube from the comfort of your own home. Serve some drinks, turn down the lights, and tune into a free full-length concert with your family or friends!
No list of best live concert videos would be complete without David Bowie. As one of the greatest live performers of all time, Bowie offers unique stagecraft combined with experimental music. This 1978 concert came as the singer started to enjoy success around the world and showed why he would go on to become one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Highlight: Ziggy Stardust at 00:17:37
Billie Eilish has quickly established herself as a talented singer-songwriter. In 2019, she became the youngest person and only female artist to ever win the four main Grammy categories (Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year) in the same year. This YouTube concert shows off her electropop sounds and cool personal style.
Highlight: Copy Cat at 00:17:58
Canadian indie band Arcade Fire decided to broadcast this performance live on YouTube. The authentic performance coupled with their trademark combination of rock sounds and classic orchestral music ensured one of the best live concert videos of 2010. It was no surprise that the band won the Grammy for Album of the Year the following year.
Highlight: Sprawl II at 01:18:36
Known as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner remains one of the greatest live performers of all time. With an energetic performance style and powerful vocals, Turner was already a huge hit by the early 1970s. This YouTube concert came 6 years after she and Ike Turner disbanded and she staged one of the most famous comebacks in music history.
Highlight: Proud Mary at 00:34:42
At number 28 on the Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” in 2004, it’s no shock that The Clash are also among the greatest live performers of all time. This YouTube concert comes four years after the band formed in London and shortly after they received widespread acclaim in the US for their third album, London Calling.
Highlight: Spanish Bombs at 00:32:00
Over his five-decade career, Miles Davis experimented with all the major styles of jazz and became a true pioneer of the genre. This YouTube pick is perhaps one of his best live concert videos, as you can see the artist’s exceptional musical ability and creativity. You can also hear the songs that would later become certified gold and go down in jazz history.
Highlight: Miles Runs the Voodoo Down at 00:38:20
When it comes to heavy metal bands, Judas Priest is the one to beat. As the inspiration for both the mockumentary “This is Spinal Tap”(1984) and the drama-comedy “Rock Star” (2001), this band is well known as one of the greatest live performers of all time. This YouTube concert shows the heavy metal stars during the peak of their mainstream success.
Highlight: Victim of Changes at 00:23:00
This Lollapalooza performance is one of Radiohead’s best live concert videos, featuring songs from their highly acclaimed ninth album. In this YouTube concert, you can enjoy their beloved stage presence along with some more unconventional rock instrumentals. Only three years after this performance, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Highlight: Daydreaming at 00:04:25
As the most awarded artist in the history of pop music, Michael Jackson should be on every list of greatest live performers of all time. His sensational voice, innovative fashion, and world-famous dance moves make his YouTube concerts truly unmissable for any music fan. Watch in awe as Jackson leaves his mark during his Dangerous Tour in 1992.
Highlight: Smooth Criminal at 00:20:26
Even before their huge hit “Blue Monday” in 1983, New Order was rocking the New York club scene with their original electro beats. Having formed in 1980 after the demise of Joy Division, this YouTube concert shows a glimpse of the band at the start of their success. It may be from 1981, but the sound quality ensures an incredible listening experience today.
Highlight: Dreams Never End at 00:07:00
Considered one of the biggest hip hop groups to grace the planet, Wu-Tang Clan have influenced countless other artists since their debut album dropped in 1993. This YouTube concert shows the band 20 years later, after achieving four gold and platinum albums. Take a listen to all their groundbreaking hits, trademark slang, and big personalities.
Highlight: Triumph at 01:07:50
Few bands have been able to combine punk, rock, and funk the way Talking Heads have. This YouTube concert was recorded just five years after the band formed yet their avant-garde style is already well developed. With a powerful infusion of world music and killer solos from bassist Tina Weymouth, this is one of their best live concert videos.
Highlight: The Great Curve at 00:57:00
James Brown knocked his Woodstock set out of the park in 1999. At 66 years young, Brown shows off his classic moves, powerful voice, and incredible musicality for a fun and upbeat performance in this YouTube concert.
Highlight: Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine at 1:02:27
This might not be a YouTube concert, but it’s a real musical treat! John 5 joins Hard Rock historian Jeff Nolan to discover and play some of the most iconic guitars in the Hard Rock Vault. Get a load of guitars like Jimi Hendrix’s SG Custom and Brian Jones’s iconic Vox Mk. III “Teardrop”. If that weren’t enough, John 5’s guitar skills will blow your mind, too.
Highlight: John 5 playing Jimi Hendrix’s SG Custom right off the bat
Love these classic guitars? Learn more about the music and memorabilia of the Hard Rock brand in this blog post!