10 Great American bands 

Posted: 4:04 pm Thursday, July 27th, 2017

By rockywbab

I found a list of ten great American bands, some of these I agree with some I dont, read this list and the list YOUR ten great AMERICAN bands!

1. Lynyrd Skynyrd – No band sounds more like America than these street survivors from Jacksonville, Florida. More than 30 years after fate stole their voice and their heart, they continue to sell out stadiums to bandana-and-blue-jean crowds singing “Free Bird” like it was the national anthem.

Photo of Lynyrd Skynyrd

UNSPECIFIED – NOVEMBER 01: Photo of Lynyrd Skynyrd. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

2. Aerosmith – For 40 years, these Boston blues rockers have boogied their way to the forefront of the American rock scene. Few acts can match the sheer hit power of these reformed bad boys. “Walk This Way,” “Sweet Emotion” and “Dream On” are but a handful of the songs you are guaranteed to hear this holiday weekend if you’re within spitting distance of a radio.

Photo of AEROSMITH and Joe PERRY and Tom HAMILTON and Steven TYLER and Brad WHITFORD and Joey KRAMER

UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of AEROSMITH and Joe PERRY and Tom HAMILTON and Steven TYLER and Brad WHITFORD and Joey KRAMER; L-R: Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Steven Tyler (front), Tom Hamilton (back), Joey Kramer – posed, studio, group shot (Photo by Gems/Redferns)

3. The Beach Boys – In the mid-’60s, there were really only two other bands that entered the discussion with The Beatles for Greatest Band in the World. Certainly, The Rolling Stones were one. But at the time, the other band that garnered serious discussion were The Beach Boys (even The Beatles agreed!). With peerless harmonies and a sheer musical genius cranking out the songs, The Beach Boys were America’s best answer to the British Invasion, right up to the point where Brian Wilson dropped out of the race.

The Beach Boys

Clockwise from left, the Beach Boys are Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Carl Wilson.

4. Nirvana – The most influential band of the last two decades, Nirvana swept away the noodley gymnastics of ’80s guitar with a single riff. If “Smells Like Teen Spirit” were the only song the band ever recorded, they would still garner a place on this list. But Kurt Cobain’s soul-baring lyrics and deceptively melodic approach to songwriting ensured that the band’s brief life would forever send ripples across the musical landscape.

Nirvana Backstage

American rock group Nirvana, backstage in Frankfurt, Germany, 12th November 1991. Left to right: drummer Dave Grohl, singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain (1967 – 1994) and bassist Krist Novoselic. (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images)

5. The Allman Brothers – Number One on Gibson.com’s fan poll for Greatest Guitarist of All Time, Duane Allman was the original fretted engine to this blues-based jam machine, along with co-guitarist Dickey Betts. Over the years, the lineup has changed (with modern guitar gods Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks currently onboard) but the improvisational genius of the group has never faltered.

On The Tracks

MACON, GA – MAY 5: Rock group The Allman Brothers (L-R) Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Jai Johanny Johanson, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks sit on some rairoad tracks on May 5, 1969 outside of Macon, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

6. The Ramones – The modest album sales The Ramones generated over the years pales in comparison to their influence on generations of musicians. All the snotty-nosed punks who litter the malls now can bow their heads to these titans of punk.

Photo of RAMONES

UNITED STATES – JANUARY 01: Photo of RAMONES; The Ramones are pictured for their first album cover (Photo by Roberta Bayley/Redferns)

7. The Eagles – No doubt about it, these Southern California country-rockers created a sound so unique and so utterly easy on the ears, that no one has ever been able to duplicate it. With songwriting giants like Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Don Felder on board, every tune tells its own engaging story. And that “Hotel California” end solo is as good as rock guitar gets.

Photo of Eagles

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1970: Photo of Eagles Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

8. Metallica – The biggest force in metal for the past 25 years, Metallica show no signs of slowing down. With the dazzling wizardry of Kirk Hammett and the often-imitated-never-duplicated chunka-chunka of James Hetfield, these monsters of rock continue to bludgeon ears all over the world.

Photo of Cliff BURTON and METALLICA and Kirk HAMMETT and James HETFIELD and Lars ULRICH

UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 01: Photo of Cliff BURTON and METALLICA and Kirk HAMMETT and James HETFIELD and Lars ULRICH; L-R: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton – posed, studio, group shot, (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)

9. The Doors – One of America’s great icons – up there with Elvis, Marilyn and James Dean – is the late, great James Douglas Morrison. But the magic of The Doors was that they weren’t just the backing band for an electric lead singer. They were an eclectic and talented group of musicians whose sum was always greater than the parts.

Photo of Doors

UNSPECIFIED – CIRCA 1970: Photo of Doors Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

10. Guns N’ Roses – Rock and roll is always most at home when it’s sitting in a gutter, unwashed and unabashedly menacing to all passersby. Rock and roll is – well, should be – dangerous. And not since the Stones, or at least The Sex Pistols, has a band exuded swagger and stagger like Guns N’ Roses. Listen to “It’s So Easy” off the seminal Appetite for Destruction and try not to flinch.

Guns n' Roses Behind Canter's Deli

LOS ANGELES – JUNE 1985: (L-R) Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler of the rock group ‘Guns n’ Roses’ pose for a portrait in the alley behind Canter’s Deli in June 1985 in Los Angeles, California. They had just returned home from “Hell Tour” in Seattle. (Photo by Jack Lue/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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