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

Ranker Video Greatest American Rock Bands Ever

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 famous rock bands bring a certain American flair and bravado that other bands from different countries don't have. Almost all of the American bands on this list should be household names among rock fans and there should be few, if any surprises on this list.

A range of 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 popularity of grunge 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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1
11,888 8,473
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

2
13,956 7,719
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

3
12,351 7,323
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

4
11,390 6,572
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

5
12,500 6,549
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

6
10,037 6,924
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

7
9,905 6,670
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

8
10,965 4,977
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

9
10,149 7,146
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

10
10,216 6,049
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York

11
9,846 5,843
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

12
8,056 5,716
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

13
8,411 5,737
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

14
10,017 3,526
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

15
6,653 5,750
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

16
8,920 4,549
Journey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

17
6,858 4,993
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

18
7,737 5,542
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

19
8,400 2,263
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection -

The greatest rock star of them all.

20
5,741 4,434
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

21
6,940 4,753
Santana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

22
6,482 5,448
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

23
5,516 6,097
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

24
6,858 4,738
Heart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

25
7,449 2,435
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

26
5,634 5,407
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

27
5,369 4,611
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

28
6,272 5,044
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

29
4,668 4,357
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

30
6,856 1,836
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

31
5,011 4,459
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

32
6,091 4,476
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

33
5,057 3,847
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

34
5,428 4,644
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

35
6,162 4,260
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters

36
4,736 3,874
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

37
5,215 3,968
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be

38
5,009 3,344
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superpayasadas added 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

39
5,159 3,248
The Revolution is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade - Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon

40
4,452 4,053
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift

41
3,656 3,786
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

42
4,287 3,652
Styx is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

43
4,031 4,238
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

44
4,447 3,793
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

45
4,337 3,691
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

46
4,105 4,037
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

47
4,319 4,219
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

48
4,022 4,591
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

49
4,363 3,574
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood

50
5,476 3,286
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road