Bands/Musicians The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists  

Reference
2.3k votes 317 voters 15.6k views 48 items

There a few things in music that are more American that heartland rock. Bands in this genre focus on everyday, average American life where the music takes on a bigger sense of being than just danceable entertainment. Heartland rock artists use rock music as a crutch to describe the plight of the average or downtrodden American worker or farmer or whatever Joe Average person you care to use as an example. Either way, heartland rock bands have caught on with the public, with some of the biggest heartland rockers are known as household names and considered some of the best rock bands in history.

So, who exactly are the best heartland rock bands and heartland rock singers? For starters, everyone will associate this genre with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. These two rockers are known for their everyman lyrics that address the plight of characters who have low income jobs and are something through some form of disillusion with an element of their life or hardship. The same goes for the likes of Bob Seger and Steve Earle.

That said, it's up to you to determine what is the best heartland rock band. Though the genre may have peaked back in the 1980s, that doesn't it's still not as important as it was back then. This list answers the questions "who are the best heartland rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest heartland rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular heartland rock bands that you might've heard of. (48 items)
list ordered by

1
94 26
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

2
104 32
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

3
107 34
Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

4
92 26
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

5
104 34
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

6
59 26
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

7
43 19
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

8
45 22
George Thorogood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists

9
47 25
Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock

10
33 13
Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

11
44 24
Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

12
29 14
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

13
34 21
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

14
24 12
Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

15
45 33
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock

16
25 14
Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

17
40 33
The Gaslight Anthem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Jersey Shore sound

18
30 24
Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock

19
23 17
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

20
29 24
Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

21
20 15
Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

22
34 33
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

23
28 28
Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

24
27 27
John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

25
25 25
John Cafferty & The Beaver Bro... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music

26
14 18
John Brannen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Roots rock

27
14 19
Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

28
16 23
Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

29
12 18
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
richerb added Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

30
6 12
Michael Stanley Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Ed Conley added

31
10 18
The Bottle Rockets is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Classic rock, Heartland rock

32
15 25
Los Lobos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Chicano rock, Heartland rock

33
15 25
Emil & the Warmlanders is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock

34
7 15
The Hold Steady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

35
12 22
Joe Ely is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Americana, Heartland rock

36
6 14
Henry Lee Summer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Ed Conley added Pop music, Rock music

37
3 10
The Rainmakers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Ed Conley added Rock music

38
8 17
Joe Grushecky is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music

39
10 20
Joe Grushecky & The Houserocke... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists

40
2 9
The Hesh Inc. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Hesh Inc. added Rock, heartland rock, Jersey Shore sound, singer-songwriter

41
2 9
John Eddie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Hesh Inc. added Folk rock

42
2 10
Bill Mallonee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Michael Walk added Christian music

43
2 10
Vigilantes of Love is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Michael Walk added Rock music, Christian rock

44
3 15
Maxim Ludwig & The Santa Fe Se... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

45
4 18
Ranker Video
Byrd House Sound added Heartland Rock, Heartcore Rock, Rock - Heartland Rock, Heartcore Rock, Rock Music

46
2 14
The Steepwater Band is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heartland rock

47
3 18
Saving Abel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

48
2 16
Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music