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List Rules Bands must have formed in the United States and have mostly American band members

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 classic rock bands like The Doors and Van Halen, as well as 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. Famous bands like 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 top American rock bands that you think are 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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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Santana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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Heart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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Kiss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Green Day is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foreigner Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

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Styx is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Styx Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop