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Top Ten American rock bands

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Initial post: Sep 29, 2011, 9:44:05 PM PDT
OK, earlier I started the thread about the article that contended R.E.M. was the best American band. I disagree with that notion, although they rank among my favorites. So, who are the top ten American rock bands? Let's make life a tiny bit easier on ourselves and limit it to actual bands and leave solo artists for another discussion. I'm hoping to see a lot of variety. These are YOUR top ten, not necessarily the best known, best selling, longest career or whatever. Just who do you like. Here are my top ten bands:

The Replacements
The Beach Boys
Cheap Trick
Social Distortion
Flying Burrito Bros.
Uncle Tupelo
The Stooges

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 10:55:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2011, 10:58:09 PM PDT
This isn't easy! If I put 10 down, I'll probably think of more and want to change this list. (Most of my faves are British) but here goes:

Velvet Underground
Talking Heads
Dead Boys
Cheap Trick
Pere Ubu
New York Dolls

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 10:57:00 PM PDT
Alt9999 says:
Husker Du
Velvet Underground
Sonic Youth
Mission Of Burma
Beach Boys

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011, 10:58:29 PM PDT
Alt9999 says:
Nice pick with Pere Ubu. They'd probably be in my top 15. Great band.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011, 11:04:22 PM PDT
Love your list too. How could I forget Mission of Burma?? I played a gig w/them a couple years ago. I changed my list already! Dropped Doors and added Cramps (like Doors, but not as much as Cramps!)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 11:09:04 PM PDT
S. O'Brien says:
Buddy Holly and The Crickets
Guns N' Roses
Social Distortion
The Supersuckers
The Doors
The Cramps
The Stooges
New York Dolls

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 11:45:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2011, 10:24:17 PM PDT
The E-Street Band (with Bruce of course)
Jefferson Airplane
The Doors
The Grateful Dead
The Ramones
The Allman Brothers
Cheap Trick

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 5:30:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2011, 5:33:48 AM PDT
Tero says:
I keep going back to Woodstock set lists and see who was great. I just can't find many. I prefer Hot Tuna to Airplane. Pretty much Jimi Hendrix out of that.

I was too young to catch many 60s bands live, and the 70s was dominated by the English. My teens get to see mostly American bands, but some English counterparts of the same genre, like Coldplay.

I did get to see the Ramones once, Dead Kennedys once, English punk not so much. Never saw any ska bands. I did see Cheap Trick for 50c when they were a covers band. Bar band.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011, 9:12:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2011, 2:24:52 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
The Dictators
Cheap Trick
Blue Oyster Cult
The Ramones
The Drive By Truckers
The Stooges
The Skeletons/The Morells
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Jimi Hendrix Experience (2/3 Brit, but Hendrix, an American, was the star)
Husker Du

I'm sure I'm forgetting somebody...

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 9:15:32 AM PDT
Bert Echo says:
Not in any particular order:

The National
The Drive-By Truckers
The Eagles
The Velvet Underground
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Beach Boys
The Byrds
The Doors

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011, 9:20:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2011, 4:13:40 PM PDT
K. Cooper says:
Allman Brothers band
Grateful Dead
Beach Boys
Jefferson Airplane
The Band
10,000 Maniacs

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 9:21:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2011, 9:23:35 AM PDT
My Morning Jacket
Guided By Voices
The Beach Boys
Sonic Youth
The Ramones
Velvet Underground
The Doors
Cheap Trick

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 9:28:22 AM PDT
Steve says:
Beach Boys
Band Of Gypsies
Sly and The Family Stone
Allman Brothers
Lynyrd Skynryd
Van Halen

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 9:49:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 16, 2012, 7:08:24 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:
Here's my Top Ten:

1) Grateful Dead
2) Jefferson Airplane
3) Quicksilver Messenger Service
4) Creedence Clearwater Revival
5) Pearl Jam
6) The Band
7) Los Lobos
8) Jimi Hendrix Experience
9) Allman Brothers Band
10) Neurosis

Subject to change.

With the exception of Pearl Jam and Neurosis, all these groups are tried-and-true favorites. Those two bands are current favorites, and I hope I still enjoy their music as much years from now.

Here's another 10:

11) Little Feat (w. Lowell George)
12) The Byrds
13) Steely Dan (Not rock? Tell it to Jeff "Skunk" Baxter on guitar!)
14) Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (Not rock? Say it during one of FZ's guitar solos!)
15) Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band
16) Santana (early band of first 4 albums through "Caravanserai")
17) Neil Young & Crazy Horse
18) Meat Puppets (through "Golden Lies"/2000)
19) Talking Heads
20) Sonic Youth

And a more provisional third 10:

21) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
22) The Doors
23) Black Crowes
24) Soundgarden
25) X
26) Bottle Rockets
27) Liars
28) Faith No More
29) Screaming Trees
30) Husker Du

Cheers, Richard [updated 7/10/12]

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 11:22:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2011, 8:12:22 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
1-Grateful Dead
2-E Street Band
3-The Doors
4-The Mothers
6-Gov't Mule
7-Los Lobos
8-Neil and Crazy Horse
9-Dylan w/The Band

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 1:47:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2011, 1:51:23 PM PDT
Bob Bykowski says:
1) Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
2) Phish
3) Neil Young & Crazy Horse (although, technically speaking, Neil grew up a Canadian)
4) Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
5) The Byrds
6) The Beach Boys (only up until 1978. Everything they did after 1977's 'The Beach Boys Love You' was a joke)
7) Creedence Clearwater Revival
8) The Velvet Underground
9) Cheap Trick/The Ramones (tie)
10) R.E.M.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 2:21:26 PM PDT
1. Jimi Hendix Experience
2. Beach Boys
3. CCR
4. Eagles
5. Byrds
6. E Street Band
7. Allman Brothers
8. Smithereens
9. Paul Revere and the Raiders
10. Santana

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011, 2:26:55 PM PDT
Two Tub Man says:
John C,
Good calls on Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Smithereens!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011, 2:33:17 PM PDT
Two Tub,
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011, 2:51:12 PM PDT
Autonomeus says:

Good to see another Dead in #1!

Cheers, Richard

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 2:59:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 1, 2011, 8:02:38 AM PDT
Autonomeus says:
The only Beach Boys album I still listen to is HOLLAND (see my 9/5/00 review). I used to have Pet Sounds years ago of course.

"Sail On Sailor" and "Funky Pretty," Brian's two songs on HOLLAND, are both great, the "California Trilogy" is excellent, and Carl's "Trader" is one of my favorite songs of all time.

As for the Doors, there are probably more songs I don't want to hear than those I want to hear. (I always thought it was very strange that the song "Waiting for the Sun," one of my favorite Doors songs, was not on the album WAITING FOR THE SUN, but rather on MORRISON HOTEL!)

I loved the movie though, with Val Kilmer as Morrison and that great opening sequence featuring "Riders On the Storm."

Cheers, Richard

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 3:40:50 PM PDT
Working Man says:
1. Lynyrd Skynyrd
2. ZZ Top
3. The Allman Brothers
4. Alice Cooper (band)
5. Aerosmith
6. Jimi Hendrix Experience
7. The Doors
8. J. Geils Band
9. Van Halen
10. CCR

Others receiving consideration: The Byrds, The Stooges, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Mountain, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011, 3:45:23 PM PDT
Autonomeus says:
Hey, good to see the J. Geils Band!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011, 4:04:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2011, 4:39:12 PM PDT
Grandpa Tom says:

LOVE your list. Great to see the Maniacs get some love. My list follows:

1-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2-10,000 Maniacs
3-The Freddy Jones Band
4-The Byrds

The rest in order of recall:

6-Bruce Hornsby and the Range
7-Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
9-Booker T and the MG's (If the judges rule the MG's are not rock, then replace with The Cars)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011, 4:10:04 PM PDT
Not to be a nit-picker, but the Pretenders had only one American member and were founded in England.
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