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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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2,493 1,702
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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2
2,530 1,817
The Doors is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

3
2,508 2,000
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

4
1,921 1,585
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

5
2,217 1,246
The Beach Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

6
2,238 1,777
Aerosmith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
1,869 1,624
Van Halen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
1,752 1,704
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
2,133 1,450
Nirvana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

10
1,655 1,163
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

11
1,494 1,340
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

12
1,834 1,246
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

13
1,343 1,122
Ramones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

14
1,852 1,577
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
1,424 1,088
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
1,180 1,262
Boston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

17
1,198 1,517
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
1,224 843
Santana is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

19
1,383 872
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

20
1,106 1,067
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

21
1,411 1,339
Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

22
1,435 1,281
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

23
1,018 745
Jefferson Airplane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

24
1,115 944
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

25
1,140 1,043
Heart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

26
1,360 1,025
Journey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

27
999 985
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

28
1,076 836
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

29
1,046 593
Fleetwood Mac is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
BobbieJoReedKey added Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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30
1,236 949
Kiss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
1,023 748
The Cars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

32
1,301 827
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

33
946 703
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

34
942 722
Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

35
854 763
The Velvet Underground is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

36
1,010 730
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

37
893 614
The Byrds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

38
816 744
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

39
884 693
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

40
740 591
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
898 751
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

42
867 700
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

43
948 152
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Jimi Hendrix Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock

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44
867 887
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

45
938 838
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

46
705 150
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Mark Lanzarotta added Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

47
839 969
Green Day is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

48
700 758
Styx is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Styx Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

49
647 580
Foreigner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Superpayasadas added Foreigner Rock music, Heavy metal, Pop rock

50
616 537
The White Stripes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
but chickens double d added The White Stripes Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music