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!

  • http://www.ArtistServer.com Gideon Marken

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

    Hasta!
    Gideon

    • thomas

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

    • somesh

      whr's linkin park man?

  • http://www.taylordavidson.com Taylor

    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…

  • http://www.taylordavidson.com Taylor

    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.

  • Crash

    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?

  • Turkishgirl

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

  • diwas

    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.

    • Gabe Morgan

      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…..

    • John

      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?

  • trip

    what the fuck. coldplay aint fuckin rock.

  • Hannah

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

  • Klampan

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

    • bubba

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

  • J girl

    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!!

    • bubba

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

    • Gabe

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

  • J girl

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • jon

    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

  • CHRISTALENE

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

  • Greg

    KISS period

  • daf

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Anonymous

    how the hell nirvana’s not there?

  • Txnerd

    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.

    • cat

      Led Zepplin is British, you moron.

  • jack

    hey where backstreet boys stands?

  • Kevin

    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

  • p-dog & j-dog

    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.

    • BLOPY MOONS

      AEROSMITH is best by a lot!!!!!

  • Cannonfoot

    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

    • gil

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

  • ollie

    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)

    • will

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

  • THE PEPPERS RULE

    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

  • THE PEPPERS RULE

    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

  • MAIDEN RULES

    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

  • MAIDEN RULES

    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..

  • MAIDEN RULES

    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..

  • MAIDEN RULES

    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..

  • MAIDEN RULES

    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..

  • MAIDEN RULES

    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!

  • hippieShite68

    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)

  • bud

    uuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm flow rider

  • dude

    wtf Led zeppelin SUCKS

  • Aerosmith

    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

  • BackInSaddleAgain

    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"

  • Valery

    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.

  • ASHIK

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

  • Austin

    TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS!

  • anette

    my chemical romance 4 ever

  • anette

    mcr
    ms-i
    green day
    u2
    metallica
    rolling stones

  • Corey

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

  • Jeremy

    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

  • Griffith

    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.

  • Dyana

    Coldplay is NOT a ROCKband!!

  • ron

    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.

  • Jerry Garcia > Slash

    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

  • bubba

    you forgot Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Doors.

  • Gabe Morgan

    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!

  • gil

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

  • james

    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

  • james

    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

  • Ishaan

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

  • Ishaan

    nd pink floyd also lolz
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  • wgrth

    the eagles are the best band ever no doubdt

    • piet

      totally agree

  • sfgn

    totally agree

  • BCaro

    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

  • Andrew C

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

  • kevin

    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

  • Andy

    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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