Top 10 Best American Rock Bands

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The Top Ten

To last as long as they have, and to create as much good music as they have, it's hard to argue. Some of there best songs weren't big hits - just some great music.
Favourite band. I love so much Steven Tyler and his really amazing voice! And their songs are so great.. Dream on, I don't wanna miss a thing or walk this way... What to tell about them? Love them!
Rag doll, I don't want to miss a thing, Dream on, Crazy, Last child... All these songs are wonderful, definitely one of the best bands, and one of my favorites. #1 on this list


[Newest]Creme de la creme!

Kick-started the 90's alternative scene, and everything they did was all top notch. Bleach, Nevermind and In Utero are all fantastic albums with In Utero in particular for me. Cobain put so much emotion into his work. The music and lyrics might be fairly simple, but they're so amazing anyway. Not to mention Dave Grohl was an amazing drummer and Krist Novoselic was a fantastic bassist, even if Kurt wrote all the music. Nirvana might have had a short time in the limelight, but that short time will never be forgotten. Nirvana forever.
The light of nirvana and kurt cobain will never fade away! That bright light that nirvana gave the music world will always exist for generations! "Remember it's better to burn out than to fade away" and nirvana burnt out!
Wow this is just a shame.. How is nirvana 13? Anything out side the top 3 is ridiculous.. I'm sad because I'm 22 and I've listened to nirvana since my childhood and they are not such an old band to be forgotten by the current generation.. In their brief existence they rose above many classic rock bands like lynrd skynrd (again 24? )
[Newest]According to me, it's the greatest American bands ever!

3Guns N Roses
Guns N' Roses RULE!, Axl Roses unique voice combined with my favourite guitar player of all time, wait for it... SLASH! Sweet child, November Rain and my favorite song don't Cry. But where the hell is Nirvana in dis list?
Ok who put the foo fighters in here you could easily replace it with alice cooper or kiss
The BEST! Patience, You could be mine, November Rain, Estranged, Sweet Child, Jungle, This I Love, Ain't it fun!
[Newest]Guns N' Roses should be number one but egos in the band prevented that.

I love Metallica too much than any other bands with their style of playing drum, guitar and vocal.
Metallica is, undoubtedly, the best American export in the last 30 years. My personal opinion, but also an unshakeable fact. Metallica might be criticized for becoming mainstream, but at least their experiments proved to garner more fans, while old, real ones - including me - will always remain loyal.

Ave Burton!
Metallica has got to be number 1. Metallica has 4 famous albums and over 10 hit songs
[Newest]"They are simply awesome"

5Linkin Park
Linkin Park has been a boon to the music of 21st century! Linkin Park should be at the top of the list. Linkin Park just simply rocks!
Why, come on guys VOTE! This needs to be so much higher than this, they have never made a bad song R.E. M is higher than these guys:
In the end
All amazing songs!
Their albums get better and better
Hybrid theory, meteora, thousand suns and living things are damn good albums
If I hear some good songs I would feel the lyrics or the tune but if I'm listening to linkin park its both and the videos are so intense its by far the best band in my opinion
[Newest]Best band in the world. Chester's voice and Mike's raps is amazing. Rock on Linkin Park!

6The Doors
No other band on this list captured an era like The Doors. Most creative, intelligent, lyrical band on any American list. And no, not just Jim Morrison, but Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore. All equally talented and creative. No other band on this list captures the imagination like the Kings of Acid Rock!
The Doors---the American band that came closest to the otherworldliness of British music. They sound as if they're playing with spirits when creating their records. The Doors like no other US band can actually bring you somewhere else creepy, ominous, dangerous but at the same time exciting, rejuvenating and inspiring.
Any American list has to include the Doors! Jim Morrison took music to an incredible high, while maintaining a raw integrity that neither Aerosmith, Guns n' Roses, or virtually any other band can claim to maintain.

7Green Day
amazing all the time... i wanna, peacemaker, see the light, american idol.. these all songs are amazing.. me and my friends like all songs of green day.
voice quality is so good which reaches directly to heart..
what the heck? why so low on the list! these guys rock nation and world! they're better than anything in the top tens!
really good band but i don't like their latest album but all other albums are really really good they should be in the top 10
[newest]green day are the basement of my musical life.

8The Eagles
Hotel California is a masterpiece. Right up there with Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody. I always liked how Glenn Frey's songs were usually soft and lighthearted (Take it Easy, Tequila Sunrise) while Don Henley's were passionate and eerie (Witchy Woman, Take it to the Limit). Two different sides of the same coin. The Eagles were and always will be legends.
They should be closer to the top, if not at the top, of this list. Glenn Frye with his basically soft sound, Don Henley with his somewhat raspy and passionate tones, Timothy B. Schmidt with his sweet, smooth sound, and all the fun and enthusiasm of Joe Walsh, not to forget the five-part harmony. They've always had that wonderful sound that keeps getting better, even now, and they just keep going! Love, love this group of guys.
Over 120 million albums sold. The biggest selling single album of all time (greatest hits #1), arguably the greatest rock song ever (Hotel California)...
Sorry, the Eagles are the greatest American band.
[Newest]The Eagles continue to rock us with great music and my kids even love the 'old folks' tunes! -Jacqueline D.

9Creedence Clearwater Revival
John Fogerty's lyrics are some of the greatest lyrics and they really make a stand. And the music these guys make is so authentic and southern. It makes you feel like your sitting on a porch in the south. Great rocking band
Still the best rock music for every generations of Americans.
Simple straight forward rock and roll music tunes. Still the most popular on the radios today. Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary, Down on the Corner and more are classics.
What more can be said about the best band of all time.
No other American band can lay fame to having their songs played by so many famous people.

10The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jimi Hendrix is the greatest rock guitarist of all time and brilliant songwriter. It's funny to see Aerosmith at number one. Just one album of Hendrix Are You Experienced is by far more important for rock music than the whole discography of Aerosmith
Only semi American since they formed in England and all the members other than Hendrix were British, regardless, they're still the best on the list.
Wait. Aren't they British except for Hendrix?


The Contenders

11Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Home Alabama! They made what I consider the most classic rock song of all time. Maybe not the best, but definitely the most classic.


How big would these guys been if not for the crash

Just listen to Murmur then Reckoning then Fables of the Reconstruction and Lifes Rich Pageant... No one sounds like them...

13Van Halen
Rock is about the Guitar. Eddie is the hands down best American rock guitarist, hands down. Most influential and innovative player. Great songs, harmonies. Great riffs. Should be #1 - Pearl Jam #2
Why is Van Halen #11 they should at least be in the top 3 if not even #1
Should be #1. Their debut album itself is better than most of the top 10s whole library.
[Newest]Number 1 hands down!

14Red Hot Chili Peppers
RHCP will always be under-rated because their party animal/drug addict reputation of the 80's will never leave them. Its a shame because they are very healthy, humble guys that take music very seriously. Everyone knows how good Flea and Chad R.If John Frusciante had any type of ego, he'd be one of the most famous musicians ever because he is just that good at guitar, vocals, and song writing. Plus they have around 50 to 60 B-sides that most people don't know about that are better than most bands regular albums. PS - Josh Klinghoffer has been way better than most people thought he was going to be as the new guitarist.
Their musicians are the best in the industry
How does Linkin Park beat the Peppers and Pearl Jam

15Pearl Jam
At least Pearl Jam isn't ranked lower than numerous terrible bands like Nickelback and Linkin Park like on the Best Rock Band List. Although I would put them at Number 1, I'm glad they're in the Top 10 on this list. Now let's work on getting them to the Top 5, then the Top 3, then to Number 1.


They pour their heart and soul into every show they every play. They play as if it was their last show. If you have never seen them live do yourself a favor and get some tickets, then thank me later.
Lasted, 20 plus years. Amazing live and great albums. They are not 1 dimensional playing many styles of music such as Zeppelin did 2 decades earlier.

16Foo Fighters
One of the few bands you look forward to a new album, and know it will rock your socks off. Hated by critics, and loved by their fans, this humble band has become the last shining star for classic rock.
The best, the legendary, last rock band in the world. The band with long and reach history. Every new album popular all over the world!

17Bon Jovi
The best let'really think about this!

18The Black Keys
These guys have some pretty awesome songs

19The Ramones
Founders of one of the bests genres of music. If they did something it was automatically punk.
Influenced half of the bands above them. A travesty, albeit, not a surprising one, that they are not recognized more.
They should be number one, you guys are all wet with your "Aerosmith." Obviosly you forget that terrible asteroid song. The Ramones were America's greasy Beatles, and don't you forget it.

20Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

21The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys are by far the greatest American rock band. The Beach Boys and The Beatles are one and two of all bands.
Brian Wilson is a genius. Listen to their albums from 1966-1971.
The Beach Boys are and always will be the greatest band this country has ever seen. Period.
Wouldn't it be nice
[Newest]Agreed, brilliant. Especially from 1966-1971.

Greatest pop punk band of all time.
What the heck this band is not in the top 10 list... It created the punk rock...
Um... Yeah... Created "the punk rock" only 20 years after the Ramones did... Or 25 years after the Stooges did, depending on your viewpoint.

Kansas is so great. They have variety, distinction, complexity, talent and ingenuity in their music. They balance so many types of emotions and music unlike any other band. It's unfortunate they aren't played more to the average person, I love their sound more than any other band, and there is no band similar. The only way to know how great they are is to listen to their songs a few times and chances are, you'll fall in love. And not just Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward son. They are great songs, but the band has so much more.
Their blend of British progressive rock and American heartland rock, with the addition of the violin as a primary instrument, was unlike anything else. And Steve Walsh was one of the greatest singers ever.
Most underrated band of all time, and my favourite. So incredibly technical (see Hopelessly Human, Chayenne Anthem, Magnum Opus, Miracles Out of Nowhere, Closet Chronicles) while still sticking to the roots of rock and roll (Carry On Wayward Son, Power, The Preacher, Portrait) and able to relax it back as well (Dust in the Wind, Nobody's Home, Taking in the View, Lonely Wind)... Steve Walsh's voice is so incredibly rock n roll. Not to mention Kerry Livgren's lyrics - The Wall, Carry On Wayward Son, Closet Chronicles, Hopelessly Human) anyway I could go on and on.

24The Velvet Underground
Nothing in modern music would be what it is now without the Velvet Underground. So influential on so many levels. Should be in the top 5.
What a joke that one of the most influencial bands of all time ranks #22 on this list.

25The White Stripes
Most brilliant and most authentic band ever.
Jack is a god on guitar and Meg childish way to play the drums is so inspiring. Blues, rock, folk and punk! Just a hard to describe Band.
So original, charting their own path.

So underrated, they are lyricly genius. Not to mention Chris Cornell's powerful voice

27Nine Inch Nails
So underrated and misunderstood.

Come on they are WAY better than 28!

KISS are the best band in America no wonder they have more gold records than any other band they laid the groundwork for the arena rock and glam metal that dominated the 80s with anthems, ballads and spectacular shows and performances doesn't matter if it is the party rock/glam metal KISS of the 70s and the 80s or the heavy metal KISS of the 90s KISS is the best band in the USA
KISS should be in the top 10 at least because they impacted the world and every American could relate to them, and their songs. They always had a slightly different sound than anyone else, and no one can compare to their style today.
Kiss is the best no band ever has a so good show and music.

3030 Seconds to Mars
Vocalist voice is damn good
Their songs have great and unique depth to them. They're not about sex and drugs and stuff. The songs and music videos are amazing. They should'nt be 31, laugh out loud.
65th? What? By far the best band since Nirvana

Ann & Nancy Wilson...
I rest my case

32The Stooges
Punk and heavy before their time, forerunners

33Days of the New

While many bands sold records, Journey rules the stadiums. No other band drew such huge crowds and no other band has such great musicians. Critics hate Journey because they're sentimental... Fans are STILL calling for a Steve Perry reunion. Journey all the way!
I only band that ever came close to the British. I think Journey defines the american dream.
Speaking of British, have a listen to the fantastic female led Harwood Drive and their new single which they have placed on you tube. It's called Tonight and its great.

35Alter Bridge
My Favorite Band. Great singer <yles kennedy

36Stone Temple Pilots

44 is just an offensive number to any boston fan. almost every human on earth knows the songs more than a feeling, peace of mind, foreplay/longtime. their first album sold over 17 million albums worldwide in 1976. not even the Beatles could do that.

38Fleetwood Mac
Superb music the early days

39Grateful Dead
Seriously? They were neglected? Wow.
As American as Apple Pie! Greatest concert experience one can possibly have...

Uh way better than paramore and coldplay

41Fall Out Boy
They are a great band and are my idols!
I think they are really good and sould be in top ten

42Blind Melon

43Dave Matthews Band

44The Band
There is no need to explain. Just listen!
One of the best and started so many others

Toto is great. But where is Boston?

46ZZ Top


48All Time Low
Come on guys! ATL deserves to be in Top 20! Their songs are addictive!

49Alice In Chains
In my opinion, Alice in chains is the greatest harmonizing band of all time. Just listen to the whole jar of flies album

50Pierce the Veil
I love there songs especially bulletproof love
Pierce The Veil are Mexican, why are they eve in this list what


52The Byrds
Brought Bob Dylan to the mainstream, practically invented folk and their songs Rock.

53Boys Like Girls
I love Boys Like Girls, its song is so cool, easy catching, makes me getting more spirits :D

They're all American while their current drummer, jen ledger, is british. But she still plays a mean drum!
Skillet is absoloutley amazing! Although they may say yhey are Christian rock they do NOT seem like it. J recomend everyone to listen to them. BEST BAND EVER!

55Steely Dan
My two favorite American Bands are Aerosmith and Steely Dan. How was Steely Dan not on the list til now?!
Awesome musicianship! Great guitar & vocals. They need to be in top 10!


57The Smashing Pumpkins
Disappointing to see them so low on the list. In my opinion one of the best alternative rock band. Billy Corgans lyrics are 10/10


59Operation Ivy

60Bad Brains

61Black Flag

62Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Best harmonies ever take away the drugs they were becoming comparable to the Beatles
Who votes on this? This is so wrong w/less than.1%
Another base from which r&r started!

63Blue Öyster Cult
Sad to this band are not on th list, they are great.

64Black Veil Brides

65A Day to Remember

66Sleeping With Sirens
I love Kellin Quinn

Almighty rock band. Their music has altered my life. Certainly a whole world of musical boundaries expanded since.
Thunderous power with clarity within each song, their sound is unmistakable, inimitable, very personnel and finally, wonderful.

68Breaking Benjamin
This should be number 1 you kid in me listen to their music retards
Breaking Benjamin is the best... Breathe, Diary of Jane

69Smile Empty Soul
Oh, dude... Come on!... This band is very awesome too.

70Goo Goo Dolls

71System of a Down
This is the best band in the world. Their song is really amazing. They should be number 1.


73The Strokes

74The Talking Heads

75Beastie Boys

76Jefferson Starship

Weezer gave birth to soulfull rock song writing and rocked the 90s. They also came out with a revitilizing album in 2007 that broke the silence of bad music from the time period between 2004 and 2006. They kept the ball rolling and deserve to be within the top 30
They deserve to be higher for the song Buddy Holly alone. Legit.

78Huey Lewis and the News

79Five Finger Death Punch

Shinedown is honestly a greater band then some of the other bands, not that it should be number one, but surly it should be higher than 73.

81Cheap Trick

82The All American Rejects
IF we are talking American... How can the All American Rejects only be 78?

Way better than a lot bands listed here. I wonder how many people here can actually play an insturment. but is just an opinion. Saw this band live and it was a great show

This band after 40 years still creating original music and has sales which puts them much higher, what's the deal?
How are they so low.
Timeless hits with sheer numbers all around
Surely belong in the top 10 no doubt!... Anything short of that is pure ignorance.

85Steve Miller Band

86Buffalo Springfield
Hated touring, and were not too fond of each other either, so they only lasted about 18 months.
Members: Stephen Stills [CSNY], Richie Furay [Poco], Jim Messina [Loggins & Messina], and Neil Young. True, Neil Young is Canadian, but half the bands on this list have one or more non-American members.

87Matchbox Twenty
Come on? 84? Maybe in the top 50

88The Calling


90Better Than Ezra



93The Black Crowes

94Big Head Todd and the Monsters

95Motley Crue
If you are a child of the 80s, rock music is what MTV played. On that basis, this is the perfect rock band. Individually, only one of the players is truly elite (Lee). But their concerts were worth every penny, and their exploits were pure legend. The critics can hate all they like, but the Crue keeps laughing all the way to the bank.

Come on guys, everyone knows how good they are!

97The Neighbourhood
The best of the best, come on people we all know that The Neighbourhood is the best rock band! They topped #1 in Billboard's chart in early June 2013 with their best song "Sweater Weather." The band is also know for their black and white imagery, it is a new rock band that was just formed in 2011. All my respect and love of music for this rock band, their music is open minded and great it should be #1.

98Escape the Fate

99Falling In Reverse
In my opinion, one of the best rock bands out there. It's like rock and gothic combined however more rock. Once again, in my opinion, they're best song is Caught Like a Fly.


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