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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
2,707 1,953
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
2,641 1,833
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
2,667 2,154
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

4
2,350 1,371
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
2,044 1,731
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

6
2,407 1,879
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
1,986 1,761
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
1,859 1,852
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
2,276 1,570
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

10
1,793 1,265
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
1,960 1,334
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

12
1,574 1,454
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

13
1,441 1,208
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

14
1,964 1,696
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
1,322 888
Santana is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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16
1,513 1,174
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
1,273 1,606
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

18
1,245 1,359
Boston is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

19
1,165 879
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

20
1,474 944
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21
1,090 794
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

22
1,494 1,429
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
1,123 654
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

24
798 170
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

25
1,186 994
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

26
1,432 1,093
Journey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

27
1,200 1,109
Heart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

28
1,161 1,147
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

29
1,055 1,045
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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30
1,506 1,374
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

31
1,331 995
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

32
1,070 810
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

33
1,007 761
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

34
1,063 171
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

35
1,393 873
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

36
924 802
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

37
1,086 772
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
948 651
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

39
806 627
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
RBJFinGrp added Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

40
978 789
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

41
932 742
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

42
894 782
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

43
915 757
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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44
936 821
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

45
736 149
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

46
908 948
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

47
672 511
Buffalo Springfield is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

48
547 366
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
685 572
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
but chickens double d added The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

50
680 635
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superpayasadas added Foreigner Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock