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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 few, if any surprises on this list.

All American cities are represented here. Bands from Los Angeles are the most populous here. The Doors, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, The Beach Boys, Rage Against the Machine and The Eagles all represent the City of Angels. 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
    85
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Guns N' Roses

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    84
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    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
    83
  4. 4
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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock More
    81
  5. 5
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
    80
  6. 6
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    79
  7. 7
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    Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock More
    79
  8. 8
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    76
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    Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    73
  10. 10
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    72
  11. 11
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    72
  12. 12
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk More
    71
  13. 13
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Talking Heads

    New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk More
    70
  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Beach Boys

    Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    70
  15. 15
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    Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
    68
  16. 16
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    Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
    67
  17. 17
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    Rock music More
    64
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    63
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    Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
    62
  20. 20
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    Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
    61
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    Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
    61
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    Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
    61
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
    60
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues More
    60
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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
    60
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    Rock music More
    58
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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    58
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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music More
    57
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    Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
    57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Soundgarden

    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
    56
  31. 31
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    Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    56
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    Beastie Boys

    Hip hop music, Pop punk, Alternative hip hop More
    56
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    Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
    54
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    Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
    52
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    Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
    52
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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
    52
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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock More
    52
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    Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
    51
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    51
  40. 40
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    Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
    50
  41. 41
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    Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
    50
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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
    49
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    Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    49
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    Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
    49
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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    48
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    Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop More
    48
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    Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal More
    48
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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
    48
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    Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock More
    47
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
    47
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