Greatest American Band

warthogdbwarthogdb Opening Act
edited January 2009 in History of Rock
Why does it seem that greatest bands in history have come from outside the USA (Primarily from England i.e.The Beatles, Stones, the Who, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Purple, Queen,etc.) while rock and roll originated in the US?

Who is the greatest American Rock and Roll band?

Great means that their music is relevant beyond their "classic" era, has influence to the present day, and achieved enough popularity to have had an impact on a wide audience.

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  • ClassicRockFanatic23ClassicRockFanatic23 Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    Fizzeler;1857475 said:
    I'll go with Jefferson Airplane/Starship (My favorite Psychedelic band ;)) then CCR surprised no one has said either of them yet
    I was going to, but thought against it. Jefferson Airplane defiantly wins best Psychedelic band. Now, Starship I hate with a passion.....
  • ClassicRockFanatic23ClassicRockFanatic23 Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    Lolicat;1857467 said:
    Given that I find a good many of those bands boring or overrated, not the best argument to spatter 'classic rock' bands at me.

    America is responsible for Cat Power, Patti Smith, Descendents, Black Flag, Iron & Wine...
    Perhaps the UK has the majority of dad rock or 'classic' bands, but America is generally better in my opinion.
    Well, I mostly listen to Classic Rock and Grunge, so I find about half my favorite bands British. And I also have never heard of any of those bands you named :p Oh well, everyone has different taste.
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    ClassicRockFanatic23;1857498 said:
    Well, I mostly listen to Classic Rock and Grunge, so I find about half my favorite bands British. And I also have never heard of any of those bands you named :p Oh well, everyone has different taste.
    Sad face.
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited January 2009
    ClassicRockFanatic23;1857483 said:
    I was going to, but thought against it. Jefferson Airplane defiantly wins best Psychedelic band. Now, Starship I hate with a passion.....
    Just pain Starship or Jefferson Starship?
  • ClassicRockFanatic23ClassicRockFanatic23 Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    oh both. Just don't like the 80's music
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    ClassicRockFanatic23;1857523 said:
    oh both. Just don't like the 80's music
    The '80s created some good pop songs, but most of the mainstream rock sucked.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2009
    I feel rather pathetic for forgetting Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band and Bob Dylan (if he can be considered a band) in my original post.
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    Runesmith;1857615 said:
    I feel rather pathetic for forgetting Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band and Bob Dylan (if he can be considered a band) in my original post.
    I think people mean artists in general. Agreed on Dylan massively, Springsteen I can take or leave for the most part.
  • ClassicRockFanatic23ClassicRockFanatic23 Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    agree. Dylan all the way.
  • citric_bulletscitric_bullets Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    I think if you wanna make a case for the importance of American artists, the easiest path to take is the Blues. Most modern artists are influenced by the Brit rockers, but the majority of those were influenced by the American Blues-man. People like BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, etc etc.

    You could go from there to the early rock n roll/rockabilly artists such as Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and so on.
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    citric_bullets;1857666 said:
    I think if you wanna make a case for the importance of American artists, the easiest path to take is the Blues. Most modern artists are influenced by the Brit rockers, but the majority of those were influenced by the American Blues-man. People like BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, etc etc.

    You could go from there to the early rock n roll/rockabilly artists such as Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and so on.
    The argument is for the best American band, however,and then I think I offended someone by stating that most of the best bands are American.:D
  • cherokeesamcherokeesam Washed Up
    edited January 2009
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Van Halen (Roth AND Hagar)
    The Eagles
    The Grateful Dead
    The Doors
    The Beach Boys
    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    Guns N Roses (once....long ago....)
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Pearl Jam
    The Ramones
    Metallica
    Dream Theater

    Pick one. :)
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    cherokeesam;1857691 said:
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    The Grateful Dead
    The Doors
    The Beach Boys

    Pick one. :)
    Trimmed to those I actually like, but not one of those would I place in my 'greatest' list, sorry.
  • ClassicRockFanatic23ClassicRockFanatic23 Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    Lolicat;1857681 said:
    The argument is for the best American band, however,and then I think I offended someone by stating that most of the best bands are American.:D
    :D Not offended, just enraged.


    :p
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    ClassicRockFanatic23;1857776 said:
    :D Not offended, just enraged.


    :p
    You weren't too bad, I've seen worse!
    I find when I say something like that there's always a Brit who picks up on it and tears into me. I love when they call me an ignorant American too.
  • timmay9timmay9 Washed Up
    edited January 2009
    The Doors, James Gang.
  • FizzelerFizzeler Washed Up
    edited January 2009
    timmay9;1857795 said:
    The Doors, James Gang.
    /cry I forgot The Doors :(
  • thedoorsdkthedoorsdk Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    The Allman Brothers Band, no contest.
    Doors are second.
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited January 2009
    The Beach Boys /thread
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited January 2009
    Gowienczyk;1858165 said:
    The Beach Boys /thread
    I'm supprised you picked them.
  • ClassicRockFanatic23ClassicRockFanatic23 Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    timmay9;1857795 said:
    The Doors, James Gang.
    Crap! How did I forget the Doors! All hail the Lizard King! :D
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited January 2009
    Rockbandfan23467;1858337 said:
    I'm supprised you picked them.
    Why?
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited January 2009
    Gowienczyk;1858901 said:
    Why?
    Oh, just given the way you normally act, I figured you would pick someone else, like, oh, I don't know, the Pixies or something.
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited January 2009
    Rockbandfan23467;1858994 said:
    Oh, just given the way you normally act, I figured you would pick someone else, like, oh, I don't know, the Pixies or something.
    I like both The Temptations and The Beach Boys equal to The Pixies.
  • warthogdbwarthogdb Opening Act
    edited January 2009
    citric_bullets;1857666 said:
    I think if you wanna make a case for the importance of American artists, the easiest path to take is the Blues. Most modern artists are influenced by the Brit rockers, but the majority of those were influenced by the American Blues-man. People like BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, etc etc.

    You could go from there to the early rock n roll/rockabilly artists such as Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and so on.
    That is the point of the thread. Most of the enduring and influential
    American artists are solo performers, generally not bands. Why do you think that is?
  • GowienczykGowienczyk Pooper of Parties
    edited January 2009
    I think bands and solo musicians are equal in america's history...
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited January 2009
    Would Jimi Hendrix count for this thread? His backing band was British, but Jimi, the main force, was American.
  • WingsOfSteelWingsOfSteel Headliner
    edited January 2009
    America's produced some incredibly influential artists.

    1950s
    Chuck Berry
    James Brown
    Little Richard
    Buddy Holly
    Elvis Presley
    Johnny Cash
    Link Wray (who invented both guitar distortion AND the power chord)

    1960s
    The Beach Boys
    Bob Dylan
    Roy Orbison
    Frank Zappa
    Simon & Garfunkel
    Janis Joplin
    The Doors
    The Grateful Dead
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    The Monkees
    Velvet Underground
    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    1970s
    The Allman Brothers Band
    Iggy Pop & The Stooges
    Steve Miller Band
    Stevie Wonder
    Blue Oyster Cult
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Aerosmith
    Kansas
    Kiss
    Rush (Canada is part of NORTH America :p )
    Bruce Springsteen
    ZZ Top
    Boston
    Eagles
    Heart
    The Ramones
    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
    Blondie
    Cheap Trick
    The Cars
    Devo
    Journey
    The Misfits

    1980s
    Van Halen
    Dead Kennedys
    Joan Jett
    Motley Crue
    Metallica
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Spinal Tap (American actors pretending to be British, Not sure this counts)
    Twisted Sister
    Bon Jovi
    Megadeth
    Guns N' Roses
    Pixies
    R.E.M.
    Poison
    Slayer
    Sonic Youth
    Traveling Wilburys (3/5 American; Lynne and Harrison can suck it)

    1990s
    Nirvana
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Pearl Jam
    Alice in Chains
    Soundgarden
    Pantera
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Stone Temple Pilots
    Rage Against the Machine
    The Offspring
    Green Day
    Nine Inch Nails
    Weezer
    Foo Fighters

    America rules *raise da roof*
  • DjancoDjanco Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    Say what you want, but I throw Fall Out Boy into the mix. Each of their albums have a different sound and (recently) dabble in different genres but the quality of all the music remains consistent, the wordplay and lyrics are top-notch and the melodies have a hook.
  • Sqrtl11Sqrtl11 Unsigned
    edited January 2009
    I just wanted to throw some more names out there:
    Prince
    Talking Heads
    The Byrds
    Beastie Boys
    Beck
    Sly & the Family Stone
    Ray Charles
    Tom Waits
    The White Stripes
    Steely Dan
    Captain Beefheart
    Patti Smith
    Pavement
    LCD Soundsystem
    Wilco
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