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Best/Greatest American Rock Band
With the passing of Tom Petty, it begs the question where he and the Heartbreakers rank. I’ve always had them vying for the top spot. What are your top 5 American ‘rock’ bands? I’m using rock pretty loosely.


1 Beach Boys
2 Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band
3 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
4 The Doors
5 The Eagles.

I personally enjoy Tom Petty over the rest, but realize the weren’t as important or influential as some others.

What say the Music Board?



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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
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Bruce Springsteen


Maybe if you had asked who the most overrated musician in history was.


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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
The Grateful Dead


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NachoReb
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Metallica
Grateful Dead
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
The Eagles


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Meursault
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Beach Boys
The Doors
Nirvana
Metallica

I expect a lot of people to disagree.
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RockAndRollDetective
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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
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1 Beach Boys
2 Bruce Springsteen and the E street Band
3 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
4 The Doors
5 The Eagles.

Who knew America sucked so much ass?


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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
if rock is applied loosely, beach boys must be there.

the others:

the doors
the dead
Nirvana
Pearl Jam


sparkinator
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Who knew America sucked so much ass?


It’s true. lol.

All these bands would be way down the list of ALL greatest bands. Why does the UK produce so many great bands and the US so few?


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Kafka
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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
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3 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
quote:

5 The Eagles
I love how The Byrds, a band you don't mention, were specifically copied by two you do mention (Eagles openly "set out to avoid the mistakes the Byrds made")


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Maybe if you had asked who the most overrated musician in history was
Judging by this thread, that would be The Grateful Dead


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Kafka
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if rock is applied loosely, beach boys must be there
how are The Beach Boys not a rock band?


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sparkinator
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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
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I love how The Byrds, a band you don't mention, were specifically copied by two you do mention (Eagles openly "set out to avoid the mistakes the Byrds made")


I never really got into the Byrds do inadvertently left them out. But you’re right they are up there.


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The Seaward
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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
What’s the criteria here? Popularity, critical acclaim, influence, personal preference?


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What are your top 5 American ‘rock’ bands?


1. The Eagles
2. The Beach Boys
3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
4. Heart
5. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band


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metallica
aerosmith
chili peppers
journey
soundgarden
van halen


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sparkinator
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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
Pretty loose criteria. However you want to rank them. I’m not a big fan of Springsteen but recognize his influence/footprint on the last 30+ years so I put them on my list.




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OldTigahFot
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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
1. Allman Brothers (don't understand why not mentioned so far)
2. Beach Boys
3. Grand Funk Railroad
4. Lynnard Skynnard
5. Byrds



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nirvana and the doors weren't around long enough


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geauxbrown
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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
These "Best" "Greatest" threads are tough. It all comes down to what type of music you enjoy, how much real musical knowledge you posses (in other words a working knowledge of the difficulty of writing and performing said music) and what the listener has been tuned into.

Wouldn't even know where to start on answering this one. Too many great Amercican rock bands


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Chitter Chatter
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re: Best/Greatest American Rock Band
Eagles
Beach Boys
Aerosmith
Van Halen
Pearl Jam
Chicago

Not necessarily in that order


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