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List Rules Bands must have formed in the United States and have mostly American band members

Some of the greatest bands in rock history are from the United States. While the merits of their musical prowess can be fairly disputed between fans, these rock bands bring a certain American flair and bravado that other bands from different countries don't have. Almost all of the bands on this list should be household names among rock fans and there should be few, if any surprises on this list.

All American cities are represented here. Bands from Los Angeles are the most populous here with classic rock bands like The Doors and Van Halen, as well as Guns N' Roses, The Beach Boys, Rage Against the Machine and The Eagles. Due to the grunge explosion in the early '90s, Seattle is well represented. Famous bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains are included on this list. There are metal bands (Metallica), hard rockers (Aerosmith, Alice Cooper), psych bands (Grateful Dead, Phish), punk outfits (The Ramones, Green Day) and even funk bands (Sly and the Family Stone, Prince) that are on this list. If a band is from America and awesome, it should be here.

Vote for the top American rock bands that you think are the best to come from the 50 states. Pick the band who you consider to be the greatest American rock band of all time. There are plenty of great choices to choose from so you can't really go wrong.

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Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Eagles Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Doors 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doors Blues-rock, Rock music, Protopunk

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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Lynyrd Skynyrd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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Aerosmith 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Aerosmith Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Beach Boys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Beach Boys Pop music, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Van Halen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Van Halen Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Nirvana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Nirvana Rock music, Grunge, Alternative rock

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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Metallica 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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ZZ Top 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
ZZ Top Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Pearl Jam 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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Guns N' Roses 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Guns N' Roses Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Ramones 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Ramones Pop punk, Rock music, Classic Punk

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R.E.M. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
R.E.M. Jangle pop, Alternative rock, College rock

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The Allman Brothers Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Boston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Boston Classic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

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Red Hot Chili Peppers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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Bruce Springsteen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Journey 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Journey Rock music, Jazz fusion, Pop rock

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Heart 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Heart Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Fleetwood Mac 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Fleetwood Mac Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Santana 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Rock music, Folk rock

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Talking Heads 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Talking Heads New Wave, Rock music, Punk funk

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Steve Miller Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steve Miller Band Classic rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Chicago 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Chicago Ballad, Ska, Rock music

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Grateful Dead 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Jefferson Airplane 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Jefferson Airplane Blues-rock, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands

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Foo Fighters 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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The Cars 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Cars Bubblegum pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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The Byrds 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Byrds Jangle pop, Pop music, Raga rock

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Kiss 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Kiss Glam metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Velvet Underground 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Velvet Underground Noise rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Alice Cooper 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice Cooper Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock

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Steely Dan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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Cheap Trick 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Cheap Trick Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave

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Blondie 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blondie Hip hop music, Pop punk, New Wave

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Green Day 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Green Day Pop punk, Rock music, Alternative rock

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Alice in Chains 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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Blue Öyster Cult 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Blue Öyster Cult Rock music, Heavy metal, Stoner rock

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Soundgarden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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The Doobie Brothers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Styx 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Styx Pop music, Rock music, Heavy metal

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The Smashing Pumpkins 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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The Mamas & the Papas 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
The Mamas & the Papas Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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Prince and the Revolution 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Prince and the Revolution

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Buffalo Springfield 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest American Rock Bands
Buffalo Springfield Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock