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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.


Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 8:21 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

-Just a quick reminder to folks that Led Zepplin were a British band.  They spent so much time touring the States, tho, that it might be easy to forget

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 8:15 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Here's my top 10 in no particular order. A couple may be thought provoking. Great lists so far. Hard choices. Good blog. Hope everyone has a Happy New Years. The bands: Eagles, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Doors, Lynard Skynard, Creedence Clearwater Revival, KISS, Styx and Chicago.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2008 8:09 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Thanks Johnny for conducting this blog:  Here are my top 10, I'm sure a lot of them won't make the cut because I'm old school but these bands are/were great.

  • Three Dog Nigh - This band doesn't get the credit they deserve because they didn't write their own music. However, from 1969-1975 no one sold more records, concert tickets or had more gold records than this group did.  They knocked the Beatles from the number 1 band in the world in 1969.
  • Eagles - Brought a bit of country to the pop scene, nice mix of soft and up temp rock.
  • Bread - Some might not consider Rock and Roll, but they had the best soft rock ever.  You could get laid very easy with their music.
  • Doobie Brothers - Brought Soul to Rock and Roll
  • Creedence Clearwater Revial -  Brought a Southern Sound to the San Fransico Beat.
  • Lynard Skynard - Southern Rock at its finest.
  • Jefferson Airplane - Brought the San Fransico Sound to the Acid Rock World
  • The Doors - The LA Sound on the Acid Rock Front.
  • The Temptations - Soul Music at its best
  • The Crickets - Most would know this group better as Buddy Holly and the Crickets, this band brought a new sound to Rock and Roll a sound that could be credited with the heavier sounds of the late 60's. 

All comments are opinions except for the comments on 3DN.  Those are facts that can be looked up. 

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 8:07 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

I'll start by giving you some of the best bands from the 90's.....

Smashing Pumpkins


Stone Temple Pilots

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Green Day

Pearl Jam


Foo Fighters



Rage Against The Machine


White Zombie


Matchbox 20

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 7:53 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

-Was never big into the punk thing, jonny, but you're most certainly on the money regarding The Ramones.  I was (still am, actually) a pretty big fan of the Chillis, but I considered the fact that they were pretty strongly influenced by bands like Defunkt and Living Color.  They might have made my top 15...  REM were great, too...  Cheers!

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 7:39 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

-Great idea for a blog, jonny!!  This one ought to be ineresting!

-OK...  Now for the hard part.  Not a concious decision, but looking upon things, I guess I've always kinda leaned toward British bands, but there is no shortage of American acts to be considered, that's for sure.  Here goes-

  • The Band  -These guys were revolutionary, especially for their time, and were huge influences upon the 70's.  Unlike many of their contemporaries, they were absolutely nothing like either The Beatles or Jimi Hendrix, and helped reintroduce country into rock & roll...
  • Little Feat  -Possibly the best live act the U.S. ever produced...  All around great musicians playing great tunes...
  • The Beach Boys  -Heck, these guys were huge.  They infuenced the Beatles big-time...  'Nuff said.
  • The Doobie Brothers  -These guys were aesome, and in an era of great bands, they still were standouts...
  • The Eagles  -A truly rare combo of musicianship, vocal ability, and songcraft.
  • The Allman Brothers Band  -Still rolling strong after all these years, they remain an icon of American music, IMHO...
  • The Doors  -These guys were truly original.  Whatever your opinion of Jim Morrison's poetry, he brought a poetic sensibility to pop lyrics, and definitely streatched the boundaries of the frontman.
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band  -One of the best songwriters on the scene, backed by a truly great band.
  • Pearl Jam  -From their beginnings as part of the Seattle "grunge" scene, they have continued to evolve and mature.
  • The Greatful Dead  -I give the nod personally to Little Feat for the best live act, but there was a big reason the Dead continued to pack 'em in for decades...

-Whew...   That was tough!  KISS, Aerosmith, Tom Petty & Co.,Van Halen (among others) all deserve mention, as well...

-Great job, jonny.


Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 4:56 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Mando, once you complete your list of 10 (and I'm assuming Bob and the Bullets will be on there) they will be included. 

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 4:53 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Blcktop.  I don't know how you could possibly have improved on this list.  I'm glad you got Pearl Jam and Kiss in there.  Both are great for different reasons.  If I could have expanded my list to 15 they both would have been on it. 

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2008 4:50 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Thanks Tom.  I'm glad to see that we have both similarities and differences in our lists.  I'm glad you included the Foos and Aerosmith, as they fell just short on my list. 

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2008 4:25 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Okay.. screw it! I'm going with what I have on draft #1..

Keep in mind these are not MY FAV's, just a list of influential and "What They Did For An Era" bands..

No particular order..

1- Metallica (no explanation needed)

2- Skynard (#1 example of Southern Rock)

3- Motley Crue (80's poster boys)

4- Van Halen (no explanation needed, either..)

5- The Boss and The E Street Band (again, no explanation)

6- Aerosmith (just a superb band.. and serious longevity)

7- Pearl Jam (killed the 80's movement along w/ Nirvana.. bastards!)

8- Guns n Roses (maybe teh best ever if they could have kept it together..)

9- The Dead (not for me, but you cannot argue their influence and popularity)

10- KISS (okay.. That ones for me!)



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