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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. {#nodes}

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Tom Petty Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
John Mellencamp Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Bob Seger Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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

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Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Traveling Wilburys Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Gaslight Anthem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Gaslight Anthem Americana, Heartland rock, Jersey Shore sound

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George Thorogood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists

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Jackson Browne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Jackson Browne Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock

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Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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

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The Killers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Killers Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Hootie & the Blowfish Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Joe Walsh Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Bruce Hornsby Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock

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John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
John Hiatt Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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

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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Melissa Etheridge Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Eric Clapton Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae

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John Cafferty & The Beaver Bro... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band Heartland rock, Rock music

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Kansas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Kansas Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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The Hesh Inc. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Hesh Inc. added The Hesh Inc. Rock, heartland rock, Jersey Shore sound, singer-songwriter

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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
richerb added Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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John Eddie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Hesh Inc. added John Eddie Folk rock

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Joe Ely is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Joe Ely Outlaw country, Americana, Heartland rock

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

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Henry Lee Summer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Ed Conley added Henry Lee Summer Pop music, Rock music

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Emil & the Warmlanders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Emil & the Warmlanders Heartland rock

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The Bottle Rockets is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Bottle Rockets Outlaw country, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Lucinda Williams Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Joe Grushecky & The Houserocke... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists

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Los Lobos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Los Lobos Americana, Chicano rock, Heartland rock

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Vigilantes of Love is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Michael Walk added Vigilantes of Love Rock music, Christian rock

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Bill Mallonee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Michael Walk added Bill Mallonee Christian music

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The Rainmakers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Ed Conley added The Rainmakers Rock music

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Joe Grushecky is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Joe Grushecky Heartland rock, Rock music

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Goo Goo Dolls is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Goo Goo Dolls Jangle pop, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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The Hold Steady is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Hold Steady Heartland rock, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Byrd House Sound added Byrd House Sound Heartland Rock, Heartcore Rock, Rock - Heartland Rock, Heartcore Rock, Rock Music

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

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Saving Abel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Saving Abel Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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The Steepwater Band is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
The Steepwater Band Blues-rock, Classic rock, Heartland rock

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John Brannen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
John Brannen Heartland rock, Roots rock