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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
2,689 1,930
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
2,627 1,815
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
2,653 2,130
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

4
2,339 1,356
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

5
2,030 1,717
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

6
2,392 1,867
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
1,972 1,745
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
1,846 1,832
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
2,261 1,554
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

10
1,774 1,251
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

11
1,947 1,321
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

12
1,567 1,439
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

13
1,428 1,198
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

14
1,959 1,679
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

15
1,506 1,161
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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16
1,311 884
Santana is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

17
1,238 1,349
Boston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

18
1,266 1,594
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

19
1,465 932
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

20
1,154 873
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

21
1,082 788
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

22
1,485 1,419
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

23
1,178 987
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

24
1,155 1,138
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

25
1,498 1,363
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

26
1,116 645
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

27
1,318 992
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

28
1,426 1,083
Journey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

29
1,192 1,103
Heart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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30
1,050 170
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

31
1,048 1,040
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

32
1,381 869
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

33
1,066 801
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

34
917 797
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

35
787 168
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

36
1,000 756
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

37
1,078 768
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
943 647
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

39
885 777
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

40
800 623
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
RBJFinGrp added Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

41
974 782
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

42
926 737
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

43
935 814
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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44
911 751
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

45
667 508
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

46
679 568
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
but chickens double d added The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

47
904 942
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

48
541 362
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
dicksbookroom added Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Rock music, Punk rock, Hard rock

49
980 895
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

50
727 148
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana