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    My favorate bands are from England but I was thinking what about America. For that I pick The Allman Brothers Band, they defined southern rock and followed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
     
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    Well if you were naming worst American bands I'd agree The Allman Brothers Band and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are among the worst. Actually all southern rock is awful. The best rock bands of all time from The Beatles to The Jam definitely came from the UK.

    Best American Rock band is tough. I like Jim Morrison but, not The Doors. I liked The Eagles when I was younger but, can't stand them now. I never liked The Beach Boys.

    I'll have to go with the bad boys of Boston Aerosmith
     
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    Metallica!:rocker:
     
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    The best american band ever? Hmm...

    Led Zepplin ...?

    PanterA ...? :p Southern rock that proves "Actually all southern rock is awful." wrong. :p
    The Rammones ...?

    You could list bands forever, I just said two popular ones, and then a great southern band. :p
     
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    Wrong (They're British)

    Uhm, it's my opinion. How can my opinion be wrong?

    I considered going with them. But, Aerosmith has a better body of work.
     
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    They're British? Really - wow, honostly never knew that.

    Guess your opinion can't be wrong - or is it wrong because I say it's wrong? Is it both right and wrong? Are all opinions both right and wrong?!

    I'm personally not big on Aerosmith. What about modern day bands? Just because the older bands were influential - that does not make them the best of all time. Pearl Jam and Nirvana both get big props, but what about bands such as Red hot chili Peppers?

    Also, what about the Rat Pack, or Louis Armstrong's band? Stuff like that?
     
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    This thread DOES make you proud to be a Brit (if you're a Brit, of course :) ).

    My vote would be for the Grateful Dead over any of those mentioned so far.
     
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    The Dead was terminally sloppy and couldn't really play (fans were usually too stoned to know the difference). They could hit moods and grooves, though.

    One great American band that doesn't get due credit is Kansas.
     
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    #12 Jersey

    The Grateful Dead are pretty cool, but what about such artists as:
    Alice Cooper, Black Flag, Slayer, Bon Jovi, Poison, SoundGarden, Alice In Chains, Fats Domino, Elvis, Bill Haley, Sam Phillips, Dick Dale, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Otis.

    (Random List, going through Itunes quick.)


    If it was greatest American ARTIST and not BAND, I would chose Frank Sinatra or Jimi Hendrix.
     
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    Point and pick. Given those are both American and other, point and pick. Thats the rock and roll hall of fame inductee list. :p
     
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    REM.

    Then Ramones.....then whatever have you.

    Michael, I respect your opinion greatly but Aerosmith? Didn't they make videos back in the late 80's and earl 90's? I wasn't aware they actually made music.

    Favorite American (drunk) band was The Replacements.
     
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    You're right about the fans being stoned (the band too) but Garcia really could play and usually did. Their best LP was certainly Live Dead, which was only the second or third album, IIRC. Everything is very tight there -- especially the drumming of Hart and Kreutzmann. Later, of course, the Dead became a freaks' institution/roadshow. I don't think they should be judged by that any more than the sad, shambling, mumbling, incoherent embarrassing wreck of nowadays is really Dylan.

    The phrase "Rock Band" narrows it down a lot (Buddy Holly, fleabassist? !!!). Lots of the bands mentioned were pretty good at what they did (stadium rock, Southern rock, punk) but didn't have the freshness and originality that grabs you when you first hear them. Unlike some, I'm old enough to have heard "Satisfaction" when it first came out and was played on the radio -- suddenly, things aren't going to be the same again!

    I don't think that the Dead were perfect, by the way, but I'll take them over other candidates.
     
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    They weren't meant to be much like any Rock band that doesn't spend ALL of their time in studio.

    I'd keep them in my top 30 or so simply for longevity and originality.
     
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    Hey, Buddy Holly was one of the great Rock pioneers - that's why I said "Artists" not "Bands" :p
     
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    How good do you have to be to actually make a KINKS song sound good.
     
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    Haha ... yeahhh.... "You Really Got Me!"
     
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    Aerosmith had some great albums in the 70s. But, I've actually never been a big fan. I've been to hundreds of concerts and still have never seen them in concert. As I said in the original post all the great bands I could think of were from the UK.

    But, I'm going to change my vote to Steely Dan. I don't actually consider them to be a "rock band" but screw it. I've seen them 7 times in concert and have every CD including their solo stuff. Just a great body of work.
     
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    I'd have them at the end of my top 10.

    REM qualifier: based on their first 6 albums (which I think should be enough).
     
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    Steppenwolf was a great rock band. Also Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
     
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    Steppenwolf was before my musical interests developed. Bob Seger was overshadowed by my taste for all things European circa 75-80 (Jam, The Who, Clash, Elvis C.).

    In retrospect, perhaps Mr. Seger of the 70's was closer to Mr. Mellencamp of the 90's and today???
     

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