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The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Posted on: December 29, 2008 3:21 pm
 
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the original blog post.  There was sufficient interest to get the ball rolling.  So here are the requirements:

1. Nominate 10 American Rock and Roll bands that you believe are worthy of being in the discussion of The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band.  I know musical taste is subjective, but please keep the following in mind when nominating a band: musicianship, innovation, influence on other musicians/pop culture, popularity, and commercial success

2.  Keep nominations to American Bands, no solo acts please.  As it pertains to this contest, an American Band will be considered any band that has a minimum of 51% American-born musicians at the time the band was formed.  In addition, the band needs to have been formed in the US.   Any nomination of a band that does not meet this requirement will be invalidated.  Nominations for bands like The E Street Band and The Heartbreakers will be accepted.

3.  Depending on the results the bands receiving the the most nominations will be placed in brackets based on the time period in which their first official release was issued.  (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond).  In the event that some bands need to be moved to a different bracket to balance them out, I will try to move bands into a bracket that contains bands similar in genre.  Bands receiving more votes will get higher seedings. 

4.  The initial voting period will end on January 4th.  I will then need some time to get the brackets set up. 
5.  Feel free to add commentary to your choices. 
6.  Respect is important.  We won't all agree on the choices, but be respectful of other people's musical taste.  No flaming please. 

Have fun and check back often.

Jonnyteach
Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 5:31 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hey Czar.  Thanks for stopping by.  It looks like Steely Dan is climbing up the charts.  I have always been a big fan, but I didn't include them in my list because I don't see them as a band in the truest sense of the word.  Becker and Fagan are Steely Dan.  They've used a revolving door of fantastic sessions players and other guests to create the Steely Dan sound.  I'm totally OK with their inclusion though. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 5:27 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hey Cub, thanks for your contribution.  FIrst mentions for Devo, BOC and SRV and Double Trouble. 



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 4:47 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

The Stones and Pink Floyd are not American Bands so here is what I have.  In no particular order.

Bruce Springsteen

The Eagles

Fleetwood Mac

Pearl Jam

Styx

Aerosmith

Jefferson Airplane

Lynyrd Skynard

Mettalica

The Beach Boys




Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 4:37 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd are British, are you talking USA bands?



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 4:35 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Pink Floyd? They are about as American as Elton John



Since: Dec 30, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 3:13 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

In no particular order:

tool

springsteen/estreet

beach boys

ramones

nirvana

foo fighters

metallica

van halen

alice cooper band

the cars




Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2008 3:06 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Van Halen

Pearl Jam

Guns n Roses

Steely Dan

The Doors

Metallica

Allman Brothers

ZZ top

Grateful Dead

 




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:41 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Great job johnnteach. I thought this was going to be easy but after reading the lists It got much harder. Here goes

1. The Doors
2. Devo-I haven't seen them mentioned but they were really groundbreaking and great in concert. Spudboys from Akron.
3. Aerosmith-before they got sober.
4. Journey-Neal Schon played at Woodstock with Santana when he was 15. Thats good enough for me.
5. Chicago-Terry Kath is a brilliant under-rated guitarist and I loved the horn section.
6. Blue Oyster Cult-Buck Dharma-Godzilla-"We know Poughkeepsie is SERIOUS about Rock N Roll"
7. Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble-really love these guys.
8. ZZ Top-great in concert
9.Nirvana-great songwriting and musicianship
10. Pantera-my favorite hard band.

My two cents.




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:32 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Sorry Jonny, Let me whittle it down to 10....

No need to apologize vega.  I've enjoyed checking out your lists by decade.  It's a solid final 10 your have, including first time mentions for Heuy Lewis and The News and Pantera. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2008 2:30 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

I see that a few people have included my one of my all time favorites The Band.  Unfortunately<o:p></o:p> the majority of that group is Canadian. Levon Helms is the only American and he is from Arkansas.  The are known for playing Americana roots music but thats due to the blues and folk scene in Toronto back in the mid sixties. Just thought you should know.

Hey cannedbeetz.  Thanks for stopping by.  It's a shame that the most Americana of any rock band can't be included here.  I love The Band, but they certainly owe a lot to their Canadian roots.


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