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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
6,432 4,436
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors The Doors, L.A. Woman, Strange Days

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2
6,526 3,986
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

3
7,260 3,999
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

4
6,416 3,544
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Toys in the Attic, Pump, Permanent Vacation

5
5,719 3,482
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

6
5,130 3,645
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Van Halen, 1984, Diver Down

7
5,140 3,598
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, Metallica

8
5,093 3,555
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Ultimate Christmas

9
5,531 2,640
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

10
5,387 3,127
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Nevermind, In Utero, MTV Unplugged in New York

11
5,078 3,127
Guns N' Roses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies, Use Your Illusion I

12
4,026 2,999
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

13
4,407 2,941
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Ten, Vs., Vitalogy

14
4,439 1,700
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night

15
4,277 2,232
Journey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Escape, Frontiers, Evolution

The Best Female Rock Singers The Greatest Works of Hunter S. Thompson

16
3,212 2,873
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Boston, Greatest Hits, Third Stage

17
3,773 940
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Jimi Hendrix First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys, Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection

18
3,842 2,845
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Stadium Arcadium

19
3,091 2,443
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind, Stranger in Town

20
3,327 2,748
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

21
3,305 2,340
Santana is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Abraxas, Supernatural, Legacy Edition

22
3,217 2,257
Heart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen, Heart

23
3,160 2,908
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

24
2,869 3,275
R.E.M. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
R.E.M. Murmur, Green, Automatic for the People

25
2,770 2,232
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams, Young Hearts

26
2,824 2,238
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet

27
3,294 1,053
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

28
2,582 2,044
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Superunknown, Badmotorfinger, Down on the Upside

29
3,148 2,731
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., The Rising

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30
3,229 2,068
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters

31
3,146 2,233
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Destroyer, Icon, Revenge

32
2,380 2,120
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow, Volunteers, Bark

33
2,936 2,363
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead American Beauty, Europe '72 (disc 1), Aoxomoxoa

34
3,137 769
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

35
2,455 1,844
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago II, Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be

36
2,291 1,832
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà vu, 4 Way Street, Crosby

37
2,314 1,520
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superpayasadas added Foreigner 4, Complete Greatest Hits, Agent Provocateur

38
2,404 1,965
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Candy-O, The Cars, Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology

39
2,241 1,831
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

40
2,410 1,932
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice in Chains Dirt, Alice in Chains, Facelift

41
2,227 2,396
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

42
2,173 1,949
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Cheap Trick at Budokan, In Color, Dream Police

43
2,284 1,544
The Revolution is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day, Parade - Music From The Motion Picture Under The Cherry Moon

Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Musical Movies With the Best Songs

44
2,002 2,104
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic, Aja, Countdown to Ecstasy

45
2,052 1,803
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

46
1,859 1,849
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger Than Yesterday

47
1,958 1,736
Styx is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Styx The Grand Illusion, Paradise Theatre, Pieces of Eight

48
2,175 2,066
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green Day American Idiot, Dookie, 21st Century Breakdown

49
1,820 1,808
Blue Öyster Cult is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
RBJFinGrp added Blue Öyster Cult Agents of Fortune, Tyranny and Mutation, Fire of Unknown Origin

50
1,979 2,006
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Oceania