Top 10 Best American Rock Bands

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21 Soundgarden Soundgarden Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

"American Zeppelin" or "Beatles meet Sabbath". Black Hole Sun is a masterpiece. -Rob

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

22 Journey Journey Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch.

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.

They always perform around the world today. They should be on the top spot.

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23 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. In 1976, the band's original lineup was Tom Petty as the lead singer and guitar player, Mike Campbell as the lead guitarist, Ron Blair on bass, Stan Lynch on drums, and Benmont Tench on keyboards.

One of the all-time best American rock bands! Belongs in at least the top ten, if not five. All of their songs and albums are incredible.

24 The Stooges The Stooges The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, are an American proto-punk band from Ann Arbor, Michigan, first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation, and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are ...read more.

Punk and heavy before their time, forerunners

33? Really? Very disheartening to say the least.

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25 KISS KISS Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Critics slander KISS due to their onstage antics but fail to realise that any band that can survive for over 40 years with many lineup changes and sell over 100 million albums and pack out arenas all around the world must have had at least some musical talent! Right? In fact, not only did kiss have more prowess with their instruments than the critics give them, they were an incredibly diverse band displaying many versions of rock including hard rock, glam rock, heavy metal and they even had a go at disco, which I understand is not rock but I am too lazy to go back and change my comment. The fact that KISS are not higher on this list disappoints me. If there were to be a Mount Rushmore of American rock bands, in my opinion, it would be the Eagles, Van Halen, KISS and Aerosmith. They should place higher than Guns and Roses, the Doors and Nirvana simply due to the longevity and influence on many people in America and around the world, which has helped the creation of the most loyal fan ...more

KISS is the greatest Rock band and my personal favorite. Their music is great and having the most gold records sold in America yeah they belong higher on the list. On a music level they are underrated. They have influenced many rock bands. Even Johnny Depp was in a KISS tribute band. I love all Line Ups and all albums. Critics never got it. Radio never got it. The KISS ARMY GOT IT! We Are One and we will SHOUT IT OUT LOUD as we ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE AND PARTY EVERYDAY! Here's to KISS 40 years and counting!

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 is #1 in my book

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26 The White Stripes The White Stripes The White Stripes are an American rock duo, formed in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan. The duo consists of only a couple married at the time, Jack White, whose real name was Jack Gillis (songwriter, lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist) and Meg White (drummer and backing vocalist). After they ...read more.

So original, charting their own path.

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.

27 The Byrds The Byrds The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial ...read more.

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

28 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City.

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.

Should be third after the Beach Boys and the Doors.

What a joke that one of the most influencial bands of all time ranks #22 on this list.

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29 The Ramones The Ramones The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound.

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.

Founders of one of the bests genres of music. If they did something it was automatically punk.

30 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Best harmonies ever take away the drugs they were becoming comparable to the Beatles

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31 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band The E Street Band is an American rock band, and has been musician Bruce Springsteen's primary backing band since 1972. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

They should be number one, the boss and his boys. GREATEST BAND EVER

How is this not already on the list

32 The Black Keys The Black Keys The Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo, that was formed by Dan Auerbach (Vocals, Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums). ...read more.

These guys have some pretty awesome songs

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33 The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.

Musically the most interesting and talented, combing all the great traditions of American music, blues, jazz, country, rock...

34 Cheap Trick Cheap Trick Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. As of 2010, the band currently consists of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Daxx Nielsen.

They have to be #1 in the best AMERICAN R&R band. That puts "The Who" in the English category and maybe at the top of the world. First of all 39 years together. The most versatile lead singer (Robin Zander) in any current or past R&R band. Can sing anything by anyone and make it better. Their latest album (Bang, Crazy) should be Rock"s album of the year. Rick Nielsen...as a writer and guitar player...what can't he do?

If we are talking American ROCK bands, Cheap Trick has to sit near the top. Length of career, amount of classic songs, influence, and awesomeness all add up to a lofty position. And still making music worth hearing, unlike 99% of bands ( I won't name names ) of a similar vintage.

Most underrated band in America. Their looks got them noticed, but it also cost them credibility in the eyes of the 'critics' who never really understood them. Subversive lyrics combined with beautiful melodies played with the intensity of King Kong on steroids. Power Pop's unquestioned Kings!

So much better than Kiss - and countless other bands - it's ridiculous, and yet never touted as such. Well, I'm touting them here - they are one of the all time greats and still capable of supercharging your nervous system. Respect and love.

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36 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

Actually Paramore is an awesome band with real talent and real emotion. Slayer is just evil and demonic, and all they talk about is cutting up women and torturing innocent people. Death metal is disgusting and inhumane!

Slayer is not Death Metal. They are Thrash metal...

Uh way better than paramore and coldplay

37 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.
38 Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band Dave Matthews Band is an American rock band that was formed in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1991. The founding members were singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Matthews, bassist Stefan Lessard, drummer/backing vocalist Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore.
39 Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

So underrated and misunderstood.

40 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . ...read more.

Avenged sevenfold always cheers me up when I am down all of the band members are amazing and talented and this is why they are my favorite band of all time

What's going on here, Avenged Sevenfold are much too good to be number 34. Come on guys, this is ridiculous.

I love this band! This is the one reason!

This band will be the greatest band of all the time and I like it

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