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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.

list ordered by

1
14,121 7,913
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

2
12,090 8,620
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

3
12,523 7,438
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
11,557 6,669
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

5
12,690 6,667
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

6
10,175 7,030
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

7
11,110 5,067
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
10,067 6,753
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

9
10,299 7,256
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

10
10,392 6,149
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York

11
9,991 5,939
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
8,160 5,793
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

13
10,155 3,593
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
8,523 5,814
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

15
6,747 5,815
Boston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

16
9,015 4,627
Journey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

17
5,814 4,498
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
6,943 5,052
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
6,581 5,499
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
7,857 5,623
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

21
8,564 2,292
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

22
5,609 6,156
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

23
6,943 4,782
Heart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

24
7,023 4,803
Santana is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

25
6,358 5,102
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

26
5,703 5,467
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

27
5,464 4,661
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

28
7,563 2,475
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

29
4,732 4,404
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

30
5,121 3,888
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

31
5,072 4,514
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

32
6,180 4,546
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

33
5,509 4,699
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

34
6,259 4,304
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters

35
6,954 1,863
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

36
5,284 4,009
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be

37
4,798 3,913
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

38
5,067 3,381
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superpayasadas added 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

39
5,215 3,289
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
4,346 3,691
Styx is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

41
4,089 4,275
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

42
4,494 3,830
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

43
4,400 3,725
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

44
3,700 3,813
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

45
4,512 4,091
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift

46
4,390 4,272
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

47
4,143 4,075
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

48
4,069 4,627
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
4,418 3,604
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
5,532 3,335
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Cross Road