Top 10 Best American Rock Bands

What are the best Rock Bands that are from the United States Of America?

The Top Ten

The Doors The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore.

They are simply the greatest band that ever came out of america, when the uk had beatles and stones the americans had the doors

Great Sound! Great Band! Jim Morrison is one of the best vocalist of all time!

The most creative band of a creative era, with a distinctive sound and energy. Too bad Jim was hell bent on self-destruction. Still fresh and original today and their romantic 'fillers" like "Hyacinth House," "Winter Time Love," etc. are moody gems.

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!

Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

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!

There's a difference between rock and heavy metal. Metallica is heavy metal, so it shouldn't be on the list.

I love Metallica too much than any other bands with their style of playing drum, guitar and vocal.

Metallica has got to be number 1. Metallica has 4 famous albums and over 10 hit songs

Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Most versatile band I have ever listened to, if you start with "Aerosmith" and work your way to "Music from a Different Dimension" you can hear the great variety of music they have shared with us over the years. From "Dream On", "Mama Kin", "One Way Street", "Train", "Walk this Way", "Sweet", "Rats", "Nobody's Fault", "Kings and Queens", "Seasons", "Dude", "Janie's", "Cryin", "What it Takes", "Pink", "Street Jesus", the list goes on, just a great variety of songs over the years. Thanks Guys, it has been a pleasure listening to you since the 70's.

Aerosmith is the only band that I know to have billboard top 10 signals in 4 separate decades. Aerosmith also had a major influence on some of the most popular bands of the 80s. Aerosmith is the greatest American rock band of all time

These guys were the American Heros in rock music. Dream On was Steven Tyler's first song he ever wrote. Plus Rag Doll, Crazy and Walk this Way, hit after hit, The Doors were good and I can live with them being #1 but Aerosmith was just the best American rock band in my opinion.

Doors definitely far above Aerosmith, who became a parody of themselves. Steven Tyler grew up with a poster of Jim Morrison on his bedroom wall, and copied his every move, right down to the leather pants.

Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

Rock is about non-conforming. Punk is about the spirit behind the music. I couldn't find a band more true to their roots than Nirvana. Perfect blend of rock n' roll, punk, and pop. Nirvana had so many different inspirations it's no surprise they forged such a unique sound and single-handedly destroyed an an entire industry of cooperate glam/hair metal. With just three albums, from 1989-1994 they have made their mark on music in the US and worldwide. For such a short experiment with grunge in the 90's I'd say this is quite significant. Nirvana is better, more creative, and more emotional than bands like Foo Fighters (whom I also love), Chili Peppers, Guns n' Roses and many others.

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.

I love a lot of these bands but Nirvana was a pioneer band in my opinion. Like The Doors, they brought a new and different sound to the scene with darkly original lyrics. Cobain like Morrison was a true creative genius and almost as controversial.

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!

Guns N Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

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?

The BEST! Patience, You could be mine, November Rain, Estranged, Sweet Child, Jungle, This I Love, Ain't it fun!

Ok who put the Foo Fighters in here you could easily replace it with alice cooper or kiss

Should be ahead of Nirvana.

Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Best American Band! They gotta be at #1! Creedence Clearwater Revival is better than the Eagles, just saying.

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

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.

One of the best bands ever. Soft and easy listening. They only shared nature and love. Just just great!

Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

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

I'm not a huge southern rock fan, but this band should be #1. Just watch them play live. Incredible musicians, great songwriting. This band had it all

Tremendous live band! Master lyricist in Ronnie Van Zant. Not a weak song in their catalogue. Tuesday's Gone, Simple Man, Sweet Home Alabama, and Freebird. Does rock get any better than this? A great band that was taken from us just as they were entering their prime.

Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Van Halen were the defining powerhouse band of the MTV generation.

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

Van Halen is hands down the greatest American rock band! There are lists that have them ranked in the top 5 of the greatest rock bands EVER. So, why the hell are they #7 on this "American" list?! Their music speaks for itself and when they were rolling no one could touch them! It was them... then everyone else! Crazy ass list...

Van Halen is the only American rock band in history to have two albums sell over 10 million copies. They really should be in the top ten at least.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Jimi Hendrix Experience was an English-American rock band that formed in Westminster, London, in September 1966. Composed of singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, bassist and backing vocalist Noel Redding, and drummer Mitch Mitchell, the band was active until June 1969. During this time ...read more.

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

Wait. Aren't they British except for Hendrix?

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.

Changed Music and History

The Beach Boys The Beach Boys are an American pop rock band formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group's original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine.

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.

Sales do not equate to influence. Brian only artist on this list that had impact on john and paul

The Beach Boys are and always will be the greatest band this country has ever seen. Period.

One of the greatest bands of all time, and it's just so underrated. You novelists!

The Newcomers

? Misfits Misfits are an American Horror Punk band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery.

The Contenders

Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative ...read more.

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

Love this band. I literally love all of their songs, troubled times, say goodbye, american idiot and holiday are my favorites

The Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

Metallica AKA Nickelback: The Prequel are ahead of the Eagles? What a joke.

They hold the 1st and 3rd most sold albums in the states, so why aren't they higher?!

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.

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.

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

One of the best bands in the world, most idiots don't know them beyond their few big songs, and that's what you need to know. You shouldn't usually rank or compare bands but KISS deserves more respect because of their quality as well as quantity.

Kansas Kansas is an American rock band that became popular in the 1970s initially on album-oriented rock charts and later with hit singles such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind".

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.

Kansas is great! However stealing music and claiming as your own is another example of entitlement. The world is not fare when it comes to giving monetary or proper credit to the real artists. Dust in the Wind was written by a Canadian from Toronto, Ontario in 1974 word for word.

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.

Kansas is the best band period! I fell in love with them when I was 12 years old (which was when the album Point of know Return was first out). I've been through a lot of crap and problems but Kansas was always there to even me out and give me a reason to live!

Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Absolute, total trash. Corporate " rock " at it's worst.

For a band still be here and still are rocking certainly makes them who they are.

Best Band Ever! Sad that they're so underrated.

Their ability to survive trends is testament to their talent as musicians!

Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

Linkin Park deserve to be in top 3
I know there album a thousand suns was not so good
But they come back with living things
Songs like LOST IN THE ECHO, CASTLE OF GLASS, ROADS UNTRAVELED, BURN IT DOWN, IN MY REMAINS, VICTIMIZED were awesome
And there latest album THE HUNTING PARTY was also a big commercial hit
Songs like GUILTY ALL THE SAME, KEYS TO KINGDOM, FINAL MASQUERADE, UNTIL IT'S GONE, REBELLION, A LINE IN THE SAND are mind blowing
And other remaining songs like ALL FOR NOTHING, WAR, WASTELANDS are also sounds good

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:
Faint
In the end
Numb
All amazing songs!

Linkin Park is a awesome band

I don't understand how people find Linkin Park's songs same

Castle of glass, I'll be gone, rebellion, a line in the sand, keys to the kingdom, valentines day, what I've done, new divide, not alone, faint, from the inside, crawling, by myself, numb, burning in the skies, in the end, a light that never comes etc all these are of different genre

R.E.M. R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry.

There is NO WAY that R.E.M. is not number one on this list. No American band can compare to the quality of their peerless catalogue - literally not one bad album out of 15 (! ) and, by my estimation, at least 7 all-time classics. All twelve bands above them here couldn't claim a fraction of that. Read The Atlantic piece that makes a similar case for their supremacy - it's entirely true. THE BEST.

Was just reading a list of R.EM.'s best to worst albums and noticed that all their lowest rated titles were ones that I loved almost as much as their highest rated. In what universe are Around The Sun or Up anywhere near being bad albums? Not any I live in my friend. That's a great group.

R.E.M is one of the only good American mainstream bands. Certainly, scrolling down this list it appears most of these bands are just mainstream rock BS.

Honestly, Nirvana is my favorite American band, followed by Aerosmith, (though maybe I'm a bit biased, since I live near Boston.) R.E.M. is third, however, and certainly deserves a place in the top 10.

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

I think journey is the most active touring bands worldwide with 3 decades of live touring full jammed concert across usa

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.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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

Great band but I'm pretty sure Neil young is from Canada

Another base from which r&r started!

Who votes on this? This is so wrong w/less than.1%

Pearl Jam Pearl Jam is a Alternative/Grunge Rock Band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. The band had comprised of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. ...read more.

My favorite American band. Any ranking of them lower than top 5 on this list is ridiculous

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.

Foo Fighters Foo Fighters are an American rock band, formed in Seattle in 1994. The band was founded by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of his previous band. The band consists of Dave Grohl (lead vocalist, rhythm guitar, main songwriter), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar), Nate ...read more.

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!

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.

Just the best

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.

This incredible band belongs in the top five, to say the least, because they representd an art form that has stood the test of time. Where would we be without this great group of talented musicians who kept us rocking'and rollin' for 40 fabulous decades? Tom Petty and the Hearthbreakers were so thrilling to watch in concert, like no other, rain or shine, east or west. They were so talented, so original, and so creative. They need to be near the top of the list because like American pie, they'll never go out of style. They are the people's choice, all-time favorite. Your list definitely needs updating. #27? Really? You're way off.

To have Tom Petty and Bruce 27 and 28 instead of maybe 2 and 4 with some of the ridiculous groups you have in front of them makes this list a joke.

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.

This list is a joke without this band in the top 5

Heart Heart is an American rock band that first found success in Canada and later in the United States and worldwide.

Ann & Nancy Wilson...
I rest my case

The Band The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson ...read more.

Perfect harmonies, wonderful stories, unforgettable arrangements. Too short together.

There is no need to explain. Just listen!

One of the best and started so many others

Very, very American.

Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...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

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