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Updated by Michael Sellars on Dec 07, 2018
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The Top 10 Loudest Rock Performances

You might think you have noisy neighbours, but ever since Spinal Tap turned it up to 11, rock bands have been trying to outdo one another when it comes to who can produce the most ear-splitting performance.

1

Deep Purple

Deep Purple

Deep Purple (1968, London Rainbow Theatre): 117 dB.

2

The Who

The Who

The Who (1976, London): 126 dB.

3

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin (1970, Honolulu): 130 dB.

4

AC/DC

AC/DC

AC/DC (1980s, Back to Black Tour): 130 dB.

5

Motorhead

Motorhead

Motorhead (1986,Cleveland Variety Theatre): 130 dB.

6

Gallows

Gallows

Gallows (in the studio): 132.5 dB.

7

Kiss

Kiss

Kiss (Ottowa, 2009): 136dB.

8

Leftfield

Leftfield

Leftfield (Brixton Academy, 1996): 137 dB.

9

Manowar

Manowar

Manowar (Magic Circle Fest, 2008): 139 dB.

10

Sleazy Joe

Sleazy Joe

Sleazy Joe (Hassleholm, Sweden, 2008): 143.2dB.

For a guide to just how loud is TOO loud, click here.