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.