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List Rules Bands must have formed in the United States and have mostly American band members

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 classic rock bands like The Doors and Van Halen, as well as 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. Famous bands like 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 top American rock bands that you think are 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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2,387 1,624
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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2
2,418 1,890
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

3
2,409 1,757
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
2,162 1,671
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

5
1,857 1,491
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

6
2,115 1,198
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

7
1,815 1,523
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
1,688 1,595
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
2,016 1,392
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

10
1,560 1,087
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

11
1,450 1,252
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

12
1,736 1,204
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

13
1,270 1,071
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

14
1,786 1,490
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

15
1,379 1,013
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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16
1,138 1,184
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

17
1,169 1,432
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

18
1,142 805
Santana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

19
1,067 994
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

20
1,293 829
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21
1,350 1,265
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

22
1,380 1,210
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

23
1,103 971
Heart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

24
1,301 953
Journey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

25
952 711
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

26
1,051 901
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

27
957 918
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

28
986 530
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

29
987 683
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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30
1,003 802
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

31
1,163 909
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

32
919 647
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

33
1,214 797
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

34
879 664
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

35
791 735
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

36
857 631
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

37
934 708
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

38
827 590
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

39
866 686
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

40
691 552
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
RBJFinGrp added Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

41
758 710
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

42
833 635
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

43
833 821
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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44
908 774
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

45
850 142
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

46
805 897
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

47
675 692
Styx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Styx Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

48
619 520
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superpayasadas added Foreigner Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

49
746 711
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

50
626 137
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music