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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: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2009 12:51 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

1.rolling stones

2.led zeppelin



5.the doors of gyspy


8.ten years after

9.the who


Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2009 12:49 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

REO Speedwagon, Riding the Storm out. As good as it gets.

Van Halen, Jump!

Boston, Rock and Roll Band says it all.

Kiss, Black Diamond, Strutter, Duece. Unknown classics ROCK

Aerosmith, Nough said

Skynard,  Curtis Lowe would approve

Eagles, Tequilla Sunrise, Best hangover cure ever.

Bruce and the E Street Band,  Max Weingerg 7 on Conan Obrien kicks Arse, Throw in that guy from the Sopranos. Oh  and some guy named Bruce  and you got a hell of a band

Steve Miller Band,  He's a Joker, a smoker a midnight toker !!!!!!!!!!!! The "pompitous of love"

Mountain,  We needed some cow bell.  More cowbell please.




Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2009 10:27 am

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band


  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. Lynard Skynard

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2009 10:07 am

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Jonny awesome job you are doing. Here is my 2 cents.


Beach Boys





Pearl Jam


Steely Dan

Van Halen

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2009 2:15 am

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

1. The Talking Heads
2. Eagles
3. Bob Dylan and The Band
4. The Grateful Dead
5. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
6. Zappa and the Mothers
8. The Beach Boys
9. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
10. KISS
11. Nirvana
12. The Ramones
13. Pearl Jam
14. The Doors
15. Buddy Holly and the Crickets
16. Buffalo Springfield

17. Van Halen
18. The Velvet Underground
19. REM

20. Janis Joplin w/ Big Brother and the Holding Company
21. The White Stripes
22. Metallica
23. Red Hot Chili Peppers
24. Steely Dan
25. Allman Brothers Band

Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2009 1:29 am

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Happy New Year Everyone!

  • The Eagles
  • Van Halen
  • The Greatful Dead
  • The Doors
  • KISS
  • Lynrd Skynrd
  • The Beach Boys
  • Aerosmith
  • Heart
  • Bon Jovi

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2009 12:13 am

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

WOW!  i screwed up.  Please put the Doors #3 and then push everyone down a slot!!!

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2008 8:20 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

TOP 10 AMERICAN BANDS.......not an easy task....i have over 1100 cds, not a single downloaded track.  as far as i am concerned, music is aobut buying the album and rading the liner notes, getting a little insight on the band.  anyways, i poured over what i have and have a TOP 10-


1- Metallilca


3-Van (hagar) Halen

4- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band     &
nbsp; I am only 33, but when he released his 3 album greatest hit album in 1985, I saved my allowance for months to save the $49.99 plus tax that it cost at Camelot Music.  I still have the tapes somewhere around here!

5- Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

6-Parliment   Not really a rock band, but what are they exactly??  They rock, so I guess that makes them a 'rock' band!

7- Foo Fighters

8- Guns N Roses

9- Steve Miller Band

10-  Lynard Skynard

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2008 5:37 pm
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Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 4:57 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

IGetNoRespect, great list.  Thanks for contributing.  I do have one slight problem with #3.

3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience

2/3 of the members of The Experience were British, and since the band was formed in England, they are not considered an American band for the sake of this contest.  If you want to make another submission, feel free.

jonny -- I was wondering if the ruling might go that way. It's cool and makes sense to me. I"ll throw my #3 to Creedence Clearwater Revival. I have to admit I had forgotten about them when I wrote my original post. DOH!

Thanks for the "second chance!"

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