America The Greatest American Rock Bands  

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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.

1
13,778 7,498
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

2
11,666 8,311
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

3
12,145 7,170
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

4
12,313 6,392
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

5
11,220 6,438
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

6
9,900 6,785
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

7
10,790 4,876
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

8
9,733 6,568
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

9
10,022 6,997
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

10
10,021 5,930
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York

11
9,691 5,723
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

12
7,943 5,608
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

13
8,269 5,638
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

14
9,871 3,432
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

15
6,564 5,640
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

16
8,790 4,452
Journey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

17
6,782 4,883
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

18
5,656 4,331
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

19
6,380 5,362
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

20
5,430 5,990
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
R.E.M. Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

21
7,623 5,429
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

22
6,771 4,650
Heart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

23
6,840 4,687
Santana is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

24
6,169 4,943
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

25
5,539 5,336
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

26
5,256 4,545
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

27
8,222 2,225
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection - The greatest rock star of them all.

28
7,310 2,386
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

29
4,588 4,302
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

30
4,973 3,779
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

31
4,925 4,388
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

32
5,982 4,400
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

33
5,335 4,578
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

34
6,074 4,200
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters

35
5,163 3,891
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be

36
4,938 3,273
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superpayasadas added Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

37
4,653 3,825
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

38
5,098 3,182
The Revolution is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade - Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon

39
4,229 3,586
Styx is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

40
6,747 1,802
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

41
3,967 4,173
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

42
4,386 3,736
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

43
4,289 3,628
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

44
4,260 4,133
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

45
4,059 3,969
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

46
4,377 4,000
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice in Chains Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift

47
3,588 3,751
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

48
3,954 4,541
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

49
5,411 3,208
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road

50
4,308 3,518
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Couldn't Stand the Weather, In Step, Texas Flood