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The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists  

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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. (48 items)
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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock
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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music
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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock
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Steve Miller Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
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Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock
10
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
George Thorogood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock
14
Bryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Heartland rock
15
The Gaslight Anthem is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Jersey Shore sound
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Joe Walsh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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Hootie & the Blowfish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
18
Kansas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Heartland rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
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Melissa Etheridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
20
Bruce Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Musical improvisation, Heartland rock
21
Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
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Eric Clapton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Esavi added Blues-rock, Rock music, Reggae
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John Cafferty & The Beaver Bro... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Heartland rock, Rock music
24
The Killers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave
25
John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heartland Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music