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.
- 1The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock musicTom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American... more
- 2Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions
Genres (Music): Christian music, Pop music, Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rockElvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was... more
- 3American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around
Genres (Music): Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana, Rock music, RockabillyJohn R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American... more
- 4First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Band of Gypsys
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia, Heavy metal
The greatest rock star of them all.
- 5Green River, Cosmo's Factory
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop, Rock music, Garage rockCreedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band... more
- 6Toys in the Attic, Pump
Genres (Music): Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and rollAerosmith is an American rock band formed in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1970. The group... more
- 7(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping
Genres (Music): Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Country rockLynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the southern hard-rock... more
- 8Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits
Genres (Music): Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock, Soft rockThe Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley,... more
- 9Nevermind, In Utero
Genres (Music): Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock, Hardcore punkNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and... more
- 10Purple Rain, Around the World in a Day
Genres (Music): Rock music, Heavy metal, Rhythm and blues, Pop rock, Experimental musicThe Revolution was an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979 by Prince.... more
- 11Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA
Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Traditional pop music, Country rockThe Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. Formed in 1961, they gained popularity for... more
- 12The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene
Genres (Music): Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, BluesCharles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and... more
- 13Escape, Frontiers
Genres (Music): Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock, Soft rock, Progressive rockJourney is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former... more
- 14Appetite for Destruction, G N' R Lies
Genres (Music): Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal, Rock and rollGuns N' Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup... more
- 15Bridge Over Troubled Water, Sounds of Silence
Genres (Music): Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
I Am a Rock, etc.
- 16Van Halen, 1984
Genres (Music): Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Hard rockVan Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. Credited with... more
- 17Abraxas, Supernatural
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music, Rock en Español, Jazz fusionSantana is a Latin rock band, founded in San Francisco during the late 1960s by Carlos Santana... more
- 18The Doors, L.A. Woman
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk, Heavy metal, Jazz fusionThe Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim... more
- 19Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning
Genres (Music): Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rockMetallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by... more
- 20Tres Hombres, Eliminator
Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music, Electric blues, Heavy metalZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970,... more
- 21Ten, Vs.
Genres (Music): Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Hard rockPearl Jam is an American rock band, formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its... more
- 22Wasting Light, The Colour and the Shape
Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Post-grungeFoo Fighters is an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. It was founded by Nirvana... more
- 23'Live' Bullet, Against the Wind
Genres (Music): Rock musicBob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band are an American rock band led by Bob Seger.
- 24Dreamboat Annie, Little Queen
Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock, Heavy metal, Pop rockHeart is a rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and... more
- 25Déjà vu, 4 Way Street
Genres (Music): Rock music, Folk rockCrosby, Stills & Nash is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and... more