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

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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 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.

list ordered by

1
14,237 8,034
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

2
12,206 8,716
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

3
12,636 7,519
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
12,797 6,752
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

5
11,640 6,747
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

6
10,259 7,104
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

7
11,196 5,129
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

8
10,189 6,796
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

9
10,385 7,329
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

10
10,486 6,221
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York

11
10,073 6,017
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
8,217 5,855
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

13
10,245 3,634
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

14
8,586 5,874
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

15
6,807 5,865
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

16
9,082 4,680
Journey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

17
5,866 4,547
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

18
6,993 5,104
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

19
6,645 5,538
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

20
8,668 2,312
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 20 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.

21
7,922 5,674
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

22
5,658 6,203
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

23
6,985 4,822
Heart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

24
7,067 4,843
Santana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

25
6,414 5,145
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising