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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, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    most listed
    Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    the people's #1
    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner 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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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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