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.
Thanks my allV 24 Comments
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.
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.
Check out the deep cuts - Aerosmith is an easy #1 on this list... - Bigred7684V 36 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
My grandma knows them the way she knew Michael Jordan!V 9 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.
Best band ever! Kurt Cobain was a musical genius...Phenominal song writing, and when you heard his voice...You knew who it was..V 17 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 American Band everV 15 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!
I am 12 years old and they are among my two favorite bands ever(Journey)! I can play a bunch of their songs on the guitar! I almost attended a John Fogerty/ZZ Top Concert. I also love CC Revisited!V 9 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 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.
Hell Yeah! I love Van Halen.V 9 Comments
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
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
Should be higher Metallica and Van Halen should be further downV 11 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.
They should be number one!V 13 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
Changed Music and HistoryV 1 Comment
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.
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.
Not even close, the best American band of all time.V 25 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
Love this band. I literally love all of their songs, troubled times, say goodbye, american idiot and holiday are my favoritesV 25 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.
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.
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.
#1 for sureV 7 Comments
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:
In the end
All amazing songs!
I love this band from the core of my heart and it's songs are awesome...V 53 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!
Best Band Ever! Sad that they're so underrated.V 6 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 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.
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!V 1 Comment
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.
LINKIN PARK is ranked higher...LMAO!V 8 Comments
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
They are hotter than hellV 8 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
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.
Lead singer ARNEL PINEDA brought a lot of new fans for Journey. In my opinion he had done much better than any lead singer of this band. God Bless Journey, God Bless ARNEL ❤V 2 Comments
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.
Influenced half of the bands above them. A travesty, albeit, not a surprising one, that they are not recognized more.
Founders of one of the bests genres of music. If they did something it was automatically punk.
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
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
Who votes on this? This is so wrong w/less than.1%
Another base from which r&r started!
Perhaps the most talented band of all time, they have support from all over the world.
There is no need to explain. Just listen!
One of the best and started so many others
Very, very American.
NOT American.V 1 Comment
"American Zeppelin" or "Beatles meet Sabbath". Black Hole Sun is a masterpiece. -Rob
Grunge would've never been the same without Chris Cornell. - naFrovivuS
So underrated, they are lyricly genius. Not to mention Chris Cornell's powerful voice
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.
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.
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.
American Rock at its finest!V 3 Comments
They should be number one, the boss and his boys. GREATEST BAND EVER
How is this not already on the list
Wait, wait, wait, everyone shut the hell up! How is as great a songwriter, singer, and backing band like this peak at #28. Bruce did things that only Bob Dylan and The Beatles had done before him. Born To Run is as good an albums as you’ll ever hear, Darkness On The Edge Of Town is just incredible, The River is among the fifteen best double albums ever, Nebraska is the premier album of all time to foray into the state of America, and Born In The U.S.A. is as inseparable from ‘84 and ‘85 as “Like A Virgin” or “When Doves Cry.” The songs, are just KILLER, “Rosalita,” “Born To Run,” “Thunder Road,” “Jungleland,” “Badlands,” “Factory,” “Darkness On The Edge Of Town,” “Hungry Heart,” “The River,” “The Ties That Bind,” “Atlantic City,” “Mansion On The Hill,” “Born In The U.S.A.,” “Dancing In The Dark,” “Downbound Train,” “Glory Days,” and “My Hometown,” basically make sure that the boss is never gonna go out ...more
Musically the most interesting and talented, combing all the great traditions of American music, blues, jazz, country, rock...
America's answer to The Beatles. Incredibly influential on many levels in their original form among the founders of Folk Rock, then evolved over the years, and essentially invented Country Rock. Hundreds of acts form the Eagles to Tom Petty owe them a debt of gratitude.
Brought Bob Dylan to the mainstream, practically invented folk and their songs Rock.
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!
Absolute joke that they aren't even in the Top 1, never mind the top 10
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.
The single most important American rock band of all time. Bar none. Modern music would sound completely different if it wasn't for them.
Should be third after the Beach Boys and the Doors.
Seminal and very influential experimental band who still have resonance today,they should be number 1 on this particular list-Dave H,England,U.K.V 2 Comments
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.
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.
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?
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.
So glad they are still here and still extraordinary. After Tom left I gave up on them but years later started listening again around the WUWAM period. Looking back, even their " blatant sellout " years had their unique DNA baked deeply inside them, and for the last 2 decades they have returned to their true, great selves. Thanks for it all guys.V 11 Comments
Chicago is in my top three or so all time. Like another one said they deserve a very high spot just for their first ten or eleven studio albums. Their first three offerings are some of the best music I've ever heard, and I even like 13 a lot (when a high number of folks don't like it at all). They have put out a few new albums in the last few years but I can't tolerate them. JUST NOT GOOD AT ALL!
This band after 40 years still creating original music and has sales which puts them much higher, what's the deal?
Their low position is down to lack of knowledge of their early work. This alone should place them in the top 10.
Number 9 in sales of all time according to billboardV 4 Comments
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.
This band is garbage. If you want good music listen to Breaking Benjamin.
Maybe not #1 but defiantly top 10. So how come down here at 99!
Motley crue should be at least in the top 50 best amnerican bands
These guys have some pretty awesome songs
Need to be higher on the list
The common spirit of their music, performances, lifestyle and even politics is uniquely American. Combine that with their huge fanbase, prodigious concert portfolio spanning thirty years, technical excellence of their live performances and huge digital footprint leads to one conclusion: the Grateful Dead are the best and perhaps the only true American band.
No matter what you think the Dead are in the top 3 and that is beyond any debate- their music encompasses every form of music that defines the American experience- Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues, Country- no one else on this list can say that
The Grateful Dead embodies Americana, a true national treasure. By far the greatest American band
More bands recreating their music than any other band ever period.V 8 Comments
Punk and heavy before their time, forerunners
33? Really? Very disheartening to say the least.
I feel alright!
Top 3 or 4 band.
Nine Inch Nails' sound has evolved a lot over the years, but there's a sense of unity to Trent Reznor's work. Every single song is worth listening to. The Downward Spiral is a genuinely perfect album that explores themes of loneliness, depression, self-loathing and addiction. Nothing else out there sounds quite like NIN: a unique combination of timeless pop hooks, heavy metal angst, electro-industrial anxiety, and the simultaneous horror and beauty of existence.
So underrated and misunderstood.
Nine inch nails is masterpiece. Songs Closer and Hurt are the best - Disturbedpotato
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
Classic easy rock plus Riding The Storm Out as one of the all timers
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!
42!?!?!?! Deserves top 20 - DisturbedpotatoV 8 Comments
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.
In my opinion, Alice in chains is the greatest harmonizing band of all time. Just listen to the whole jar of flies album
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