The Top 10 American Rock Bands EVER


You may have wondered to yourself, “Which bands are the best American rock bands ever?” USA Today conducted a poll to answer that question once and for all. The winners are (drumroll):

Pearl Jam is the Best American Rock Band EVER (per a USA Today poll...)1. Pearl Jam
2. Aerosmith
3. Van Halen
4. The Eagles
5. Journey
6. Guns’N'Roses
7. The Grateful Dead
8. Queensryche
9. The Doors
10. R.E.M.

Hm, interesting. It reminded me that most of my favorite bands are British. (To see bands #11-20 in the list above, check out the full USA Today Top American Rock Band list here.)

If you think your favorite band was shafted, FMQB is conducting their own Top American Rock Band survey here. Speak your mind!

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July 8, 2005
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Comments

So nice to see that the Dead made it. :)

You can compare these results w/ what users of AudioScrobbler are listening to.

On the following page, you can view the most listened to artists in the US: http://www.audioscrobbler.com/place/United%20States

Current top 10:
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Coldplay
Radiohead
The Beatles
Weezer
Green Day
Death Cab for Cutie
Modest Mouse
The Postal Service
Gorillaz
Beck

And just for Rock: http://www.audioscrobbler.com/group/Rock

Current top 10:
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Nirvana
Pink Floyd
Coldplay
Led Zeppelin
Metallica
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Foo Fighters
Queen
Green Day
Guns N’ Roses

Hasta!
Gideon

Van Halen? Journey?

Did you see Spin’s Top 100 Albums of the last 20 years?

http://www.spin.com/features/magazine/covers/2005/06/0507_cover_greatest_albums/

Radiohead’s OK Computer, btw…

Even more so, when is the last time Pearl Jam released a decent album? what, 10 years ago?

Nah, American rock will stage a comeback, just like the current alt-British-punk comeback.

Seems to me that what this list claims is that there hasn’t been a good rock band formed in the last…what is that, 15 years for Pearl Jam? Are they pronouncing a whole genre dead?

What I really want to know is–should I throw out my ripped jeans, or is there a chance that Def Leppard will come back?

What the fuck is that?
Are you kidding?
NIRVANA is one of the greates band ever
KURT COBAIN is god

1. Guns n roses
2. nirvana
3. metallica
4. led zepplin
5. ac-dc
6. the doors
7. red hot chilli peppers
8. deep purple
9. pink floyd
10.rolling stones

i agree with crash. i dont see pearl jam even in my top 50. i think gnr(with axl $ slash) has to be the best rock band ever. after that it should be obviously nirvana. i dont know what the hell is wrong with people who say put bands like pearl jam, coldplay and some others in their top 10 list. these guys dont even know what is rock.

what the fuck. coldplay aint fuckin rock.

I just dnt understand why people think its acceptable to put COLDPLAY in their top 10 !!!!! Guns’N'Roses 4 ever no 1 !!!

Creedence Clearwater Revival — The most influential, and the greatest band that has ever come out of the United States.

Top 10 most awwsomeness bands

1 disturbed
2 avenged sevenfold
3 metallica
4 tool
5 my chemical romance
6 red hot chilli peppers
7 blink 182
8 afi
9 green day
10 pearl jam

or something like that!!

yeah!!

I change my mind i like dropkick murphys better than pearl jam duh whats wrong with me

top:
!nirvana
2scorpions
3def leppard
4gunsandroses
5iron maiden

ok, just because you have a favorite band doesnt mean you can just put them as the best band ever. nirvana is my favorite band by far but they are not the best band and i know it. so get your heads out of your asses.

1. Led Zeppelin
2. Jimi hendrix
3. Nirvana
4. Van Halen
5. metallica( maybe )
6. rolling stones
7. red hot chili peppers
8. Guns n Roses
9. the doors
10.grateful dead

What fuck man! shit WAT ABOUT LINKIN PARK!! hello wake up!!

KISS period

Creedence Clearwater Revival

how the hell nirvana’s not there?

I don't see how you can make a Top 10 American bands list without Led Zepplin and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I know it hard to get down to 10 but these are practically a religion.

hey where backstreet boys stands?

10.) the mars volta
9.) the black keys
8.) muse
7.) the kinks
6.) bob marley and the whailers
5.) pink floyd
4.) the white stripes
3.) led zepplin
2.) the raconteurs
1.) jimi hendrix experience

Our top ten best rock bands:

1.) Nirvana
2.) Bush
3.) Stone Temple Pilots
4.) Alice in Chains
5.) Linkin park
6.) Pearl Jam
7.) Metallica
8.) Red Hot Chili Peppers
9.) Korn
10.) Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

okay first off you guys that say pearl jam isnt rock are stupid… cuz pearl jam rocks.

You have to remember the category is “AMERICAN” rock band, this excludes LED ZEP, AC/DC, The Who, Rolling Stones, Scorpions, etc. It kind of narrows it down. My American list:
10. Journey
9. Queensryche
8. The Eagles
7. Nirvana
6. Foo Fighters
5. Guns and Roses
4. Cheap Trick
3. KISS
2. Aerosmith
1. VAN HALEN

my top 10 bands of all time

1.red hot chili peppers

2.nirvana

3.avenged sevenfold

4.blink 182

3.ramones

4.metallica

5.aerosmith

6.muse

7.white stripes

8.korn

9.david bowie

10.kings of leon (there older stuff for me is alot better but there new album is good)

Top AMERICAN Bands are
1. Guns N Roses
2.Nirvana
3.Red hot chilli peppers
4.aerosmith
5.Metallica
6. Van halen
7.Journey
8.Blink 182
9.Green day
10.Pearl jam
you have to realise that if you asked any randam person in the street who there favourite band was they would say one of the top 5, even if they didnt like rock they would say the first rock band to come to mind, i love RHCP and metallica but i know there not the best even though there great so i put them 3rd and 5th, also as soon as kurt killed himself nirvana record sales hit the roof

Also the best ever rock bands are
10.Bob marley and the wailers
9.Metallica
8.Pink Floyd
7.Led zeppelin
6.Aerosmith
5. Red hot chilli peppers
4.Guns N Roses
3.U2
2.The rolling stones
1.the beatles
ok first some people might disagree with putting the peppers as 5 , i admit there might be better bands out there, but if theres one thing the peppers did was bring millions of teenagers into the rock culture, i myself got introduced after being invited to a concert and have been a steady rock fan since. also the beatles are the greatest rock band ever, even though i dont like them , they defined and shaped the genre of what we call rock now, there careers spanned decades and even now beetlemania is still going strong

Here is my fave rock bands..
10.Weezer
9.Coheed and Cambria
8.Disturbed
7.Guns N' Roses
6.Metallica
5.Pantera
4.Black Sabbath
3.Rage Against the Machine
2.Red Hot Chili Peppers
1.IRON MAIDEN

okay i looked at some of these lists and i lack to see many names such as Megadeth (which i would have to place at 11), Pantera, Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, and Iron Maiden. I know that some of my music ive listed is more "metal" than rock.. but i felt like including them.. First of all, Weezer. They are a great upcoming band with alot of influence and talent.. they have already released hits like "Say it Ain't So" and "My Name is Jonas". Next, Coheed and Cambria.. I listened to the song "Welcome Home" and i said "there is no way they will ever match this great of a song!" then i heard "The Suffering" and i was shocked because they did it again.. this band is great. Third, where is Disturbed in these lists? they are great! same way with them, i heard "Down With the Sickness" and i was shaken and i didnt believe they could ever match that. Then they released their new album and i was just amazed.. They are reshaping what we know as metal as we speak..

Next we have Guns N' Roses.. they were no doubt a great band.. but truthfully, they only had that one good album. "Appetite for Destruction", and then they just went down hill.. Fifth, Metallica.. Metallica was great no doubt about that.. but it seemed to me that they just wrote songs and riffs.. to me they didnt really write meaningful music, it was just cool sounding.. they were great but i stand by putting them at fifth.. Next we have Pantera.. to me they were one of the most talented bands to ever be formed.. they wrote many great songs such as "Walk" and "Cowboys from Hell".. it was a tragic loss of one of the greatest guitarists ever, Dimebag Darrell.. Next is THE Black Sabbath.. this band had so much talent including Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). i was also very disappointed to see all this talent but then not really all that many great songs.. they were great until they lost Ozzy and picked up Ronnie James Dio.. after Dio joined the band i personally didnt like the music. but i am very excited about Bill Wards talk about a possible reunion with all of the original members..

Next we have Guns N' Roses.. they were no doubt a great band.. but truthfully, they only had that one good album. "Appetite for Destruction", and then they just went down hill.. Fifth, Metallica.. Metallica was great no doubt about that.. but it seemed to me that they just wrote songs and riffs.. to me they didnt really write meaningful music, it was just cool sounding.. they were great but i stand by putting them at fifth.. Next we have Pantera.. to me they were one of the most talented bands to ever be formed.. they wrote many great songs such as "Walk" and "Cowboys from Hell".. it was a tragic loss of one of the greatest guitarists ever, Dimebag Darrell.. Next is THE Black Sabbath.. this band had so much talent including Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums). i was also very disappointed to see all this talent but then not really all that many great songs.. they were great until they lost Ozzy and picked up Ronnie James Dio.. after Dio joined the band i personally didnt like the music. but i am very excited about Bill Wards talk about a possible reunion with all of the original members..

Next is Rage Against the Machine.. Rage Against the Machine has basically made a new genre completely, taking a hip hop sound and putting it into their lyrics, and a metal sound and putting it into their instrumentals.. they have released many great songs including "Bulls on Parade", "Killing in the Name", and "Wake Up". this band reshaped the metal genre in their time before the loss of guitarist Tom Morello who went on to make the band Audioslave.. Next has to be one of my fave bands ever (mainly because of the fact that Flea is awesome and i play bass).. the Red Hot Chili Peppers.. i personally believe that the reason this band is so good is because of the funky bass sounds of Flea.. they have made many great songs like "Dani California", "Snow ((Hey Oh))", and "Suck My Kiss".. also the fact of the explicit material in their music has appealed to many.. this band is great and even now they are going strong..

And finally.. my number one band is IRON MAIDEN! this band is maybe the most talented, influential, and intelligent bands ever.. the band includes Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Dave Murray (guitar), Adrian Smith (guitar), Nicko McBrain (drums), Janick Jers (guitar), and THE Steve Harris (bass).. Steve Harris (songwriter) formed the band and to me was the one who made them so incredible.. he was known for his intelligent lyrics and his catchy "galloping tripelet beats".. they made many famous songs including "Number of the Beast", "Run to the Hills", and "The Trooper". but their most famous band member didnt even play an instrument! his name is Eddie! if you are a Maiden fan then you have seen Eddie.. he is the skeleton portrayed in all the concerts and on all the album covers and tshirts and posters and etc.. he represented the band and made them famous.. well thanks for reading i hope you enjoyed my post! please comment!

ok first why are you saying led zeppelin when their from england also rolling stones, deep purple, pink floyd and the beatles? and the scorpions are from germany. i though this is the greatest American rock bands. any way i think that greatest and most influential AMERICAN bands are CCR, The Doors, The Eagles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Kiss (i dont like them but they were popular), Aerosmith, Santana, Van halen, Metallica, Nirvana, Pearl Jam. (only my opinion)

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wtf Led zeppelin SUCKS

AEROSMITH is best by a lot!!!!!

My top ten,

1. Aerosmith

2. Led Zeppelin tie rolling stones

3. The Police tie soundgarden

4. Nirvana tie ac/dc

5. Joe Satriani

6. Deep Purple tie Boston

7. Bon Jovi

8. Elo tie Bruce Springsteen

9. The cult

10. Smashing pumpkins

My top 30 songs,

1. Aerosmith "Back in the Saddle live"
2.Led Zeppelin "Immigrant Song"
3.Deep Purple " Highway Star"
4.Aerosmith "Walk This Way live"
5.Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
6.Thin Lizzy "The Boys Are Back In Town"/ Van Halen "Dance the Night Away"
7.Kansas "Carry On My Wayward Son"
8.Led Zeppelin "Stairway To Heaven"
9.Police "Next to You"
10.Bruce Springsteen "Last To Die"
11.Bon Jovi " Wanted Dead or Alive"
12.The Clash "Train in Vain"
13.Aerosmith "Dude Looks Like a Lady"/Metallica "One"
14.Ac/Dc "T.N.T."
15. Aerosmith "Sweet Emotion"
16.Charlie Daniels Band "The Devil Went Down To Georgia"
17. Soundgarden "Spoonman"/ Deep Purple "Smoke on the Water"
18. Boston "Peace of Mind"
19. Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter"
20. Aerosmith "Train Kept A'Rollin"
21. Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"
22. Queen "Another One Bites the Dust"
23. The Who "Pinball Wizard"/Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze"
24. Thin Lizzie "Jailbreak"
25. Nirvana "In Bloom"
26. Pearl Jam "Even Flow"
27. Guns 'n Roses "Welcome to the Jungle"
28. Soundgarden "My Wave"
29. The Who "Won't Get Fooled Again"
30. Rolling Stones "Start Me Up"

Some of the people are saying
the beatles & AC/DC & Rolling stones or Led Zeppelin
they ROCK, BUT, read the tile!!
TOP 10 AMERICANNNNN ROCK BANDS!
not BRITISH ROCK BANDS or AUSTRALIAN ROCK BANDS(ac/dc)

I really think aerosmith should be NUMBER ONE
because cmon Pearl Jam #1?
I love them but I think aerosmith beats their ass.

gideon , coldplay ur havin a laf . rubbish and not even a rock band numpty……..

the band BON JOVI is the best AMERICAN band…………
JON BON JOVI
RICHIE sambora
TICO torres
DAVID bryan…
ROCKSSS……………………………….

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS!

my chemical romance 4 ever

mcr
ms-i
green day
u2
metallica
rolling stones

whr's linkin park man?

ZZ Top should be top 5 easily!
Show me one person that don't like em ill show you a million that love em.

Okay top 10 U.S.A bands
10Dire Straits
9The Cure
8Foo Fighters
7Guns N Roses
6Van Halen
5Sublime
4Smashing Pumpkins
3Areosmith
2Nirvana
1Pearl Jam

Then Top 10 songs of all time
10Get What You Give-New Radicals
9Dream On-Areosmith
8Jamming-Bob Marely
7Man Who Sold The World-Nirvana
6Stand Tall-Dirty Heads
5Hemorrage-Fuel
4November Rain-Guns N' Roses
3Just Breathe-Pearl Jam
2Tonight, Tonight-Smashing Pumpkins
1Dogs-Pink Floyd

Pearl Jam? You must be kidding. The Doors at number 9??? They’re number nine in my overall worlds best bands. No CCDR???? Here’s my list. Just an opinion from a classic rock fan

1. The Eagles
2. Guns n roses
3. The Doors
4. Jimi Hendrix (he’s basically a band)
5. CCDR
6. Red hot chili peppers
7. Aerosmith
8. Van Halen
9. Dire Straits
10. Skynard

not a big fan of van halen. That’s the only reason there so low. I’ve never seen so many fans of pearl jam though. And I havnt seen anyone give the Doors credit.

Coldplay is NOT a ROCKband!!

Well the facts at the facts – of all the American rock groups none have influenced more and sold more than Kiss. Remember a few years back when Kiss and Aerosmith toured for about 4 months? ALL of the reviews exclaimed Kiss to be THE superior band. Fans were literally falling asleep during Aerosmith! Van Halen wouldnt even be here if it was for Kiss. KIss has sold over 85 million records, more than any other American band. So the number one American band has to be Kiss – like them or not.

The REAL list for the top American bands should be:
1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Bob Dylan
3. Grateful Dead
4. Metallica
5. Nirvana
6. Lynyrd Skynyrd
7. Aerosmith
8. The Byrds
9. Boston

FUCK ALL PUNK ROCK and Gn'R is overrated

YES. i was going crazy until i read your comment. thank you.

my chemical romance? AFI? how do you compare these groups to pearl jam…

you forgot Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Doors.

To not put Aerosmith on that list is insane. They were the American Rolling Stones. And by the way, Pink Floyd was 100% British, as well as AC/DC is %100 Australian. The list says AMERICAN, not mixed nationalities mostly consisting of American names. The Rolling Stones were %100 British.

Before you post a list like this, think about what the topic is…..

What the fuck has any of those bands done for Rock Music (besides Metallica, RHCP, Green Day and Pearl Jam)?!?!

1. The Eagles
2. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
3. Aerosmith
4. Matallica
5. The Beach Boys
6. The Grateful Dead
7. Nirvana/Foo Fighters/Pearl Jam (Grunge movement)
8. Van Halen
9. The Doors
10. Guns and Roses
With a close 11th. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and possible at #12. The Allman Brothers.
Skynard doesn't really hit my top 20 of American Bands because, as sweet as they sound, they were a compilation of a bunch of Southern Rock sounds that the Allman Brothers ultimately got started.

Keep in mind, those are all AMERICAN BANDS!

kisss comes at the first number , dude.. rest are alright…

kisssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss is the best band ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

urrr allll fucccckkkkkkkkinnnnnnnnnnng prickks green day for life all brother crows out their vote GREENDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

1st greenday 21 guns
2nd greenday boulovard of broken dreams
3rd greenday when september ends
4th foo fighters rope
5TH do youknow your enemy

urrr allll fucccckkkkkkkkinnnnnnnnnnng prickks green day for life all brother crows out their vote GREENDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

1st greenday 21 guns
2nd greenday boulovard of broken dreams
3rd greenday when september ends
4th foo fighters rope
5TH Greenday do you know your enemy

the best bands r….linkin park,green day,bon jovi,the beatles,metallica…….lolz

nd pink floyd also lolz
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the eagles are the best band ever no doubdt

totally agree

geez–are these guys from Mars. Pink and Zep not US bands.

Not a huge Springsteen fan anymore but still has to be top 10.
Ramones in top 5 –they were original US punk rock band, more famous dead than alive.

No arguments with Van Halen/Hagar, Gn'R, Green Day, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Journey. I hate the Dead yet they belong in the top 10 just for their historical influence (taping and black market of music from live shows).
This type of voting is why guys like the teen goober win American Idol–idiots vote

How is Grand Funk Railroad or CCR not on the list? Come on…

i agree, with RHCP and KOL should be further up, both awesome

Metallica is a metal band, but I guess what they did with Load and Reload puts them up top too.
Isn't GNR a hair metal band?

Led Zepplin is British, you moron.

totally agree

linkin park and backstreet boys ?? R U fucking serious ??

my top 10
1.the doors(short term epic songs)
2.aerosmith
3.nirvana
4.bon jovi
5.kiss
6.guns and roses
7.jimi hendrix
8.Bob marley
9.the eagles
10.red hot chilli peppers

are you guys fucked in the head?

The Killers are the best.

Fuck Coldplay and gay shit like that. The Killers are classic.

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