Top 10 Best American Rock Bands
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"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
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.V 1 Comment
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.
Punk and heavy before their time, forerunners
33? Really? Very disheartening to say the least.V 1 Comment
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
To be perfectly honest, I love most of the bands on this list, but KISS is legendary, I mean come on, they're in their 70's and they're STILL rocking!V 6 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.
Brought Bob Dylan to the mainstream, practically invented folk and their songs Rock.
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.V 1 Comment
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.
Best harmonies ever take away the drugs they were becoming comparable to the BeatlesV 2 Comments
They should be number one, the boss and his boys. GREATEST BAND EVER
How is this not already on the list
These guys have some pretty awesome songsV 1 Comment
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.
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.
Just listening to bootleg concerts of these guys on YouTube - over literally decades the quality of performance never seems to alter. Years after the seminal Budokan they are actually better! No other group I can think of could claim this. Amazing. Best rock band ever.V 6 Comments
Musically the most interesting and talented, combing all the great traditions of American music, blues, jazz, country, rock...
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
So underrated and misunderstood.
Nine inch nails is masterpiece. Songs Closer and Hurt are the best - Disturbedpotato
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