Top 10 Best American Rock BandsWhat are the best Rock Bands that are from the United States Of America?
The Top Ten
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.
The Doors are arguably the best ever period. Did I say arguably the best? They are the best periodV 19 Comments
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.
All of the members of Aerosmith have made a great job and made great songs and today I am really happy they are all still together and giving there best
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!
I love love love Steven Tyler and Aerosmith!V 27 Comments
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.
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
You need to be a hipster for not seeing that clearly Metallica is best band from US. Ironically, their huge popularty and commercial success made them underrated.V 8 Comments
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.
They were the best band since the 1960s. Changed music foreverV 15 Comments
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
The best, no doubtV 13 Comments
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!
Best band ever. Long as I can see the light, one of the best songs of all time.V 5 Comments
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 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.
Why is Van Halen #11 they should at least be in the top 3 if not even #1
From Roth to Hagar,Van Halen had a 15 year run as America's greatest bandV 7 Comments
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
Should be higherV 24 Comments
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? - Questhero101
Hendrix was British. - naFrovivuS
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. - GHOSTbirdnatureLOVER
How big would these guys been if not for the crash
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.
Ok one two and three should be skynyrd Hendrix and ccr then it's a toss up but there is no way Green Day Aerosmith the doors and Metallica should be ranked better than skynyrd Hendrix or ccr just absolutely disgustingV 7 Comments
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.
Their album "Pet Sounds" was so revolutionary, when the Beatles heard it, it was the inspiration for St. Pepper's... The Beach Boys are by FAR the most important rock band spawning from the United States.V 9 Comments
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.
With the most albums sold for an American band...why The Eagles aren't number one on this list is just damn ridiculous...Eagles...number one baby!V 19 Comments
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!
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
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!
They should be at 1...V 50 Comments
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.
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.
No way is Linkin Park and Green day better than R.E.M. I notice on these lists that Linkin Park and Green Day always do really well. They are good, but they are not great
Aerosmith better than R.E.M.? Green Day? Guns N Roses? I DON'T THINK SO.V 5 Comments
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.
Their ability to survive trends is testament to their talent as musicians!
It is about 30 years of true passion for what they do. AND TWO NUMBER 1 ALBUMS, ONE IN 1986 AND ANOTHER ALMOST 20 YEARS LATER. I AM ONE OF THE FANS WHO KNOWS THAT CHOOSING JON BON JOVI AS A MODEL IN LIFE WAS NOT A MISTAKE. NEVER DISAPPOINTED!V 3 Comments
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.
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!
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.
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. - LoganRuckman
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.
The best American rock bandV 7 Comments
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.
How does Linkin Park beat the Peppers and Pearl Jam
Their musicians are the best in the industry
Best band in the worldV 3 Comments
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.
Best harmonies ever take away the drugs they were becoming comparable to the BeatlesV 2 Comments
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