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.

Comments

  • SkittlesSkittles Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    Aerosmith
  • citric_bulletscitric_bullets Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    Grand Funk. They're an American band.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited January 2009
    I can't really say who the "greatest" American band is, but The Ramones, The Velvet Underground, The Band, X, Nirvana, and The Beach Boys come pretty darn close to that title.
  • Rockbandfan23467Rockbandfan23467 Headliner
    edited January 2009
    You forgot the "Railroad".

    Do Van Halen count?

    Oh, and R.E.M. might be worth concideration of the title.
  • theantkid12theantkid12 Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    I don't know about greatest, but Metallica should be on the list at least.
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    I think most of the best artists are American.
  • ClassicRockFanatic23ClassicRockFanatic23 Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    Idk, the Beatles, the Stones, The Who, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Yes, all British They have about half of the great bands.
  • ClassicRockFanatic23ClassicRockFanatic23 Rising Star
    edited January 2009
    Best American Artist? hmmm... No way in hell Aerosmith.... I would say either Pearl Jam, Van Halen, or Jimi Hendrix (hate to be so cliche, but...)
  • schmeankmanschmeankman Headliner
    edited January 2009
    citric_bullets;1857058 said:
    Grand Funk. They're an American band.
    Darn you!

    I twas gonna say that. D:
  • LolicatLolicat Road Warrior
    edited January 2009
    ClassicRockFanatic23;1857433 said:
    Idk, the Beatles, the Stones, The Who, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Yes, all British They have about half of the great bands.
    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.
  • FizzelerFizzeler Washed Up
    edited January 2009
    I'll go with Jefferson Airplane/Starship (My favorite Psychedelic band ;)) then CCR surprised no one has said either of them yet
  • 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.
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