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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 More
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Guns N' Roses

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    85
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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    83
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    81
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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
    78
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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  10. 10
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    75
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    71
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    71
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    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    70
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    Rock music More
    69
  15. 15
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    68
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
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    ZZ Top

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    67
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    Talking Heads

    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk More
    67
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    66
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    64
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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    64
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    63
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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    Rock music More
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    56
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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
    54
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
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    Santana

    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    52
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    Rage Against the Machine

    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
    52
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    51
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    Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    51
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    51
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
    50
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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    49
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    48
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
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    The Mothers of Invention

    Rock music, Protopunk, Jazz fusion More
    48
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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    The Temptations

    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    46
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
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