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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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1
5,515 3,789
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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2
5,524 3,470
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
6,019 3,628
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

4
4,719 3,074
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

5
5,303 3,180
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

6
4,262 3,190
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
4,312 3,046
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

8
4,250 3,115
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
4,649 2,341
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

10
4,622 2,741
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

11
4,267 2,780
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
3,337 2,612
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

13
3,792 2,548
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

14
3,535 1,443
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

15
3,448 1,957
Journey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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16
2,639 2,517
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

17
3,272 2,443
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

18
2,829 2,325
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

19
2,760 2,485
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

20
2,759 1,969
Santana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

21
2,488 2,090
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

22
3,039 681
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

23
2,487 2,865
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

24
2,663 1,966
Heart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

25
2,297 1,916
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
2,407 1,883
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

27
2,646 819
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

28
2,693 2,381
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

29
2,184 1,674
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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30
2,031 1,768
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

31
2,798 1,720
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

32
2,538 2,004
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

33
2,671 1,953
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
2,509 578
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

35
1,931 1,525
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

36
2,011 1,589
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

37
2,092 1,615
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
2,001 2,032
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

39
2,036 1,696
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

40
1,905 1,552
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

41
1,824 1,304
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superpayasadas added Foreigner Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

42
1,824 1,674
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

43
1,705 1,781
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
1,877 1,354
Prince and the Revolution is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Prince and the Revolution

45
1,616 1,513
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

46
1,699 1,520
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

47
1,715 1,691
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

48
1,543 1,518
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
RBJFinGrp added Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

49
1,847 1,797
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

50
1,451 1,778
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music