Posted on: January 30, 2009 9:51 am

Greatest American Rock Band Sweet 16

The results for round 1 are in.  In The Keyboard Bracket, all of the favorites held serve.  Doors over Jefferson Airplane (24-1), Allman Brothers of Steely Dan (19-6), Beach Boys over Steve Miller Band (19-6), CCR over REM (20-5)

There was one upset in the Guitar Bracket, as the 5 seed, ZZ Top took down 4 seed Kiss (16-9).  The others saw all the favorites winning: Eagles over Doobies (21-4), Skynard over REO (21-4) and Guns and Roses over Heart (16-9)

The Bass Bracket had another 4 vs. 5 upset with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers taking down The Ramones (16-9).  All other higher seeds won their games: Aerosmith over Chicago (19-6), The Grateful Dead over Little Feat (15-8), and Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band over Bob Seeger and The Silver Bullet Band (15-10).

The Drums bracket had another 4 vs. 5 upset, with Journey beating Pearl Jam (15-10).  Van Halen over BOC (20-5), Metallica won in a buzzer-beater over Foo Fighters (13-12) and Nirvana beat Styx (17-8).

Here are the match-ups for the Sweet 16.  Voting will begin on Friday, January 30, and will go through Thursday, February 5th. Please remember to be respectful of other people's opinions and don't forget to rate each post.


Keyboard Bracket                                                 Guitar Bracket

1- The Doors     vs.                                            1- The Eagles vs.

4 - The Allman Brothers Band                              5- ZZ Top

2- Beach Boys vs.                                               2. Lynyrd Skynyrd vs.

3- CCR                                                              3- Guns and Roses


Bass Bracket                                                      Drums Bracket

1- Aerosmith vs.                                               1- Van Halen vs.

5- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers                   5- Journey

2. The Grateful Dead vs.                                    2- Metallica vs.

3- Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band         3- Nirvana


Have fun.



Posted on: January 22, 2009 10:13 am
Edited on: January 29, 2009 11:07 pm

May The Best Band Win!

The Voting for Round 1 Has Officially Closed!  No more votes will be accepted, but I don't expect that to be a problem, since nobody has voted in in days.


After much deliberation, the brackets have been set.  I was unable to stick to my original idea of breaking the brackets up chronologically.  There were too many 60s and 70s bands and not enough 90s and beyond bands to make it work.  I used the total number of votes from the original poll to seed each band.  More votes meant a higher seed.  Your four #1 Seeds are The Doors (Keyboard Bracket), The Eagles (Guitar Bracket), Aerosmith (Bass Bracket),  Van Halen (Drums Bracket).

As you can tell, I tried to keep bands from similar eras and genres together as much as possible, but the Bass bracket is quite diverse.  Please vote for each match-up.  The polls will be open for one week, starting Thursday Jan.22 and closing sometime on Wednesday, Jan. 28.  Feel free to comment on each match-up.  It's interesting to see why people vote the way they do. 

A final note, I did make an error when determining how many spots were available from the Run-Off election.  In actuality, I was able to choose 8 of the 9 bands from the Run-Off.  The only band not to make the cut was C,S,N,Y.  They lost in a coin-flip to Blue Oyster Cult.  I hope you enjoy this and please don't forget to rate each post. 


Keyboard Bracket                                                                                                               Guitar Bracket

1. The Doors vs.                                                                                                                 1. The Eagles vs.

8. Jefferson Airplane                                                                                                            8. The Doobie Brothers

4. The Allman Brothers   vs.                                                                                                  4. Kiss vs.

5. Steely Dan                                                                                                                       5. ZZ Top

2. The Beach Boys vs.                                                                                                          2.  Lynyrd Skynyrd vs.

7. The Steve Miller Band                                                                                                        7.  REO Speedwagon

3.  Creedence Clearwater Revival vs.                                                                                      3. Guns and Roses vs.

6. REM                                                                                                                                 6. Heart


Bass Bracket                                                                                                                   Drums Bracket

1.Aerosmith   vs.                                                                                                                1. Van Halen vs.

8. Chicago                                                                                                                         8.  Blue Oyster Cult

4. The Ramones   vs.                                                                                                          4. Pearl Jam vs.

5. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers                                                                                     5. Journey

2. The Grateful Dead vs.                                                                                                     2. Metallica   vs.

7. Little Feat                                                                                                                      7. Foo Fighters

3. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band vs.                                                                   3. Nirvana vs.

6. Bob Seeger and The Silver Bullet Band                                                                               6. Styx


Posted on: January 7, 2009 12:05 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2009 7:45 pm

The Greatest American Rock Band Run-Off

The Polls Have Officially Closed.  No more votes will accepted.


7:45 pm.  Sunday, January 11, 2009.

I have tallied up the results from all of the top 10 lists.  103 bands were mentioned.  Of those, 51 received only 1 votes.  As a result, these bands were eliminated.  It would be far too difficult to do a run off with these 51 groups, so my only other option is to go down to a bracket of 32 (I'm not dealing with the complications and headaches of bye weeks, etc.  32 in nice, neat, and easy). So to get down to 32, here is what I did:

There were 7 bands who received two votes  They were eliminated.  This brings us down to 45.

There were 9 bands that received 3 votes.  That brings us down to 36.  We're getting closer.

There were 9 bands who received 4 votes.  These 9 bands will be in a run-off to see who gets in.  Here's how it will work.  Choose just one of these 9 bands.  The top 5 vote getters will be in.  The bottom 4 will be eliminated.  In case of ties for the last spot, I will be flipping a coin. Here are the 9 bubble bands:

Foo Fighters

Little Feat

Doobie Brothers

Jefferson Airplane


Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Steve Miller Band

Blue Oyster Cult

REO Speed Wagon

All votes must be in by 9 pm EST on  Sunday, January 11.

For the curious, The Doors led all voting with 32, followed by Aerosmith with 27 votes. 

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Posted on: December 29, 2008 3:21 pm

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

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.

Posted on: December 15, 2008 2:32 pm

Greatest American Rock and Roll Band of All Time

It's been a while since someone took the time and energy to get a NCAA-style bracket going, but I've been thinking about this one for a while.  Now that fantasy football season is winding down I find myself with a little extra time on my hands (please don't tell my wife though).  So if there is enough interest I will start a bracket right after the holidays.  Please let me know what you think of the idea.


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