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The Greatest American Rock Bands

Some of the greatest bands in rock history are from the United States. While the merits of their musical prowess can be fairly disputed between fans, these rock bands bring a certain American flair and bravado that other bands from different countries don't have. Almost all of the bands on this list should be household names among rock fans and there should be few, if any surprises on this list.

All American cities are represented here. Bands from Los Angeles are the most populous here with bands like The Doors, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, The Beach Boys, Rage Against the Machine and The Eagles. Due to the grunge explosion in the early '90s, Seattle is well represented. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains are included on this list. There are metal bands (Metallica), hard rockers (Aerosmith, Alice Cooper), psych bands (Grateful Dead, Phish), punk outfits (The Ramones, Green Day) and even funk bands (Sly and the Family Stone, Prince) that are on this list. If a band is from America and awesome, it should be here.

Vote for the American band you think is the best to come from the 50 states. Pick the band who you consider to be the greatest American rock band of all time. There are plenty of great choices to choose from so you can't really go wrong.
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    most listed & ranked high on reranks Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    ranked low on reranks Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion

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    ranked low on reranks Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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