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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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    most listed Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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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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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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

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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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    Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College 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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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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    Rock music

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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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

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

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop

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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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    added by MarySSpiegel Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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

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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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    Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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    Prince and the Revolution

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    Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

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