The greatest American Rock Band is / was ...

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  1. sudogeek

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    Best American rock and roll band? If you think in terms of truly American musical genres, those that arose distinctly in the US, what are they? Jazz, blues, R&B, rap, hip hop, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll. Some of rock’s variants are of US origin. Surf music is definitely American, but not always rock and roll musically. Others, like punk, are arguable, although I would agree the Ramones were an early, seminal band and a contender for BAR&RB. Metal and related genres, not so much, so I would leave out Metallica and their ilk; that all started with Sabbath (who by the way, imo, is one of the most influential bands ever, but that’s off the subject). Country is, I guess, excluded but many big performers undeniably use the rock idiom.

    If we extend the line from from the 50s with Elvis, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Big Bopper, etc), I’d really select:

    (The Rolling Stones: yeah, they’re English, but as far as their continuing popularity, output, and staying true to the rock idiom, “the world’s greatest rock and roll band” has got to top any such list. Yeah, I’m a big fan.)
    Credence Clearwater Revival
    Allman Brothers
    Ramones
    Nirvana
    Pearl Jam

    But I wonder if it’s relevant. A data point: NPR just published a retrospective of “Songs of the Summer” (https://www.npr.org/2012/06/20/1551...ign=nprmusic&utm_medium=social&utm_term=music). Not much rock and roll in there for the last 40 years.
     
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  2. Gforce013

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    What about Bruce Springsteen and the e street band.
     
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    Aerosmith. Van Halen. The Eagles. Almond Bros. Metallica. Take your pick.
     
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    Half the bands you picked wouldn’t make a British top 10 or beat out a bunch of the American names already mentioned.
     
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  5. Tom Fontaine

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    What constitutes a band then? How many original members are required? How long do they have to have played with them?

    What defines “band” in this case?
     
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    Canucks
     
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    Did they have a creamy nougat center?
     
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  8. pd1030

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    When I think American Rock and Roll, I think garage style bands
    Smithereens
    George Thorogood
    Black Crowes
    Foo fighters
     
  9. Salfordlad

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    Perhaps, it's all personal preference. Which of those bands I listed 1-9 would you toss out and who would you replace with? I added a bunch of bands @ # 10 but if I had to I would make the Hollies #10... again there is no right or wrong answer it is just opinions.

    From my POV though it's pretty hard to argue against 1-3 in my list.
     
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    Lol. Leafs, baby ✌✌
     
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    Not sure I understand the category, but to the extent I do:

    Chuck Berry
    Bob Seger & SBB
    Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band
    Allman Bros.
     
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    Van Halen hasn’t influenced anybody for 40 years.
     
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    2many pages of stuff to read.

    I'll go with a toss-up btwn the Mat's an NRBQ :munch
     
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    Journey (Infinity - Frontiers albums)
    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
    Boston (original lineup 1976-80)
    Foreigner (original lineup w/Lou Gramm)
     
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    Cool story, bro. I guess from now on I will call those guys who recorded Are You Experienced an "American-British" group, seeing they were 2/3 British and the album was recorded in London.
     
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    Go Bruins!! :cool:
     
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    That's what I read in several places...the Beatles & the Beach Boys were trying to outdo but had mutual respect for each other. The complexity of the song writing & arrangements with Lennon & McCartney vs Brian Wilson spawned music that hasn't been topped since in songsmithing & creativity. "Greatest" might mean different things to different people, but there aren't many who can craft & arrange a song like Lennon/McCartney or Brian Wilson...which makes them "greatest" to me.
     
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    Grand Funk Railroad
     
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