america The Greatest American Rock Bands  

Originally by
159k votes 8.7k voters 219k views 373 items Follow Embed

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.

1
+ - 1,999 1,437
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

The Sexiest Women in Rock History, Ranked The Most Interesting Jobs in the World

2
+ - 1,944 1,319
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

3
+ - 1,955 1,457
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

4
+ - 1,563 1,123
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

5
+ - 1,787 1,315
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
+ - 1,689 956
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
+ - 1,538 1,156
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
+ - 1,287 773
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

9
+ - 1,430 1,212
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
+ - 1,214 940
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

11
+ - 1,613 1,156
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

12
+ - 1,397 1,004
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

13
+ - 1,516 1,174
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

14
+ - 1,166 750
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

15
+ - 1,008 869
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

The Worst Rock Bands of All Time The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

16
+ - 956 902
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

17
+ - 1,025 1,101
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
+ - 720 309
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
+ - 1,162 970
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

20
+ - 880 733
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

21
+ - 930 716
Heart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

22
+ - 1,071 705
Journey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

23
+ - 1,158 928
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

24
+ - 855 667
Santana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

25
+ - 801 683
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

26
+ - 990 670
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

27
+ - 820 748
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

28
+ - 711 594
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

29
+ - 684 422
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

The Best Rock Vocalists The Worst Things Men Say to Women on Their Period

30
+ - 694 477
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

31
+ - 743 561
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

32
+ - 871 766
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

33
+ - 924 666
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

34
+ - 759 678
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

35
+ - 674 526
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

36
+ - 776 565
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

37
+ - 621 550
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

38
+ - 641 501
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

39
+ - 688 582
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

40
+ - 606 474
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

41
+ - 694 604
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

42
+ - 499 430
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

43
+ - 579 616
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

The Best Female Rock Singers The Best Female Vocalists Ever

44
+ - 499 87
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

45
+ - 679 650
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

46
+ - 465 331
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foreigner Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

47
+ - 545 492
Styx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Styx Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

48
+ - 612 515
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

49
+ - 552 604
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

50
+ - 487 536
The Mamas & the Papas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop