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The Greatest American Rock Bands

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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, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop More
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk More
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      Guns N' Roses

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      Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock More
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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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      Ramones

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      Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock More
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      Talking Heads

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      ZZ Top

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      Rock music More
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      Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock More
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      Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock More
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      Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music More
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      Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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      Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock More
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      Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music More
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      Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal More
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      Rock music More
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      The Allman Brothers Band

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      Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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      Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave More
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      Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave More
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      Soundgarden

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      Beastie Boys

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      Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music More
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      Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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      Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop More
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      Journey

      Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock More
      57
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      Psychedelic soul, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
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      Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave More
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      Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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      Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock More
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      Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock More
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      Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music More
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      Doo-wop, Rock music, Rhythm and blues More
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      Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock More
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      Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
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      Prince and the Revolution

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      Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music More
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