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Greatest American Rock & Roll Band...

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Tdub, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Tdub

    Tdub Friend of Leo's

    Jan 22, 2009
    I think we all have opinions on the greatest non-American rock & roll band. The Stones, Zeppelin, Beatles, U2, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and others in the mix.

    But when it comes to American bands, it becomes more blurred (I think).

    For sheer longevity and relevance, it's hard to beat Jimi Hendrix Experience or The Doors, both going on 45 years with prominent influence and airplay. But both bands not working in their true form since 1970.

    Aerosmith is still around, but has stunk since the 70's.

    Tom Petty is still gigging, but most of his hits are way older.

    Kiss is still around, but they were only good with Ace Frehley for about 5 or 6 years. Plus they alienate a bunch of people.

    Pearl Jam has been at it going on almost 25 years, but again their earlier stuff is what gets the most airplay.

    Allman Brothers have been at it since forever.

    ZZ Top?

    I'm making a case for Jane's Addiction. First 3 albums were very innovative, yet still hard driving rock. Called it quits, then realized their greatness and reformed.

    My other case is for Living Colour. Killer musicians with a nice catalog of material and still playing live.

    And the Twilight Singers because they are the best band ever.

    I've had a bottle of wine and 2 beers.


  2. cowboytwang

    cowboytwang Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 28, 2003
    Sonoran Desert

  3. Yoni

    Yoni Friend of Leo's

    Jun 10, 2008
    Joliet, not the prison
    I've been listening to Pearl Jam since I was 9, I love a lot of those bands you've listed but they still bring it. They will go down as the greatest american rock band. Really they're our Stones.

  4. Hoopermazing

    Hoopermazing Tele-Holic

    I don't even consider the Jimi Hendrix Experience to be Jimi Hendrix's best band. :lol:

    As to the greatest American Rock & Roll band... I'd have to give the nod to The Beachboys. I'm not a huge fan, but Pet Sounds influence The Beatles to make Sgt. Pepper. That's saying something.

  5. oceanman2

    oceanman2 Tele-Meister

    Jun 18, 2009
    I've had this discussion a few hundred times over beers and guitars, and I end up thinking Creedence has the most American sound to me. And John Fogerty is still bringing it. His voice could cut sheet metal.

  6. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Dang, you killed this thread with the 2nd post....

  7. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience was two thirds British...

  8. Mid Life Crisis

    Mid Life Crisis Friend of Leo's

    Jan 12, 2007
    Cambridge, England
    The Black Crowes, dammit.


  9. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    According to whom?

    Springsteen and the E-Street Band gets my vote, with Aerosmith coming 2nd.

    But really, what do you mean by "greatest"? Most albums sold? Most hit singles? Most influential? (How do you measure that?) Longevity? Biggest concert tours? Notoriety? Fame? Household name?

    What does it mean to be the greatest? Is it the same as the best?

  10. Boundforglory07

    Boundforglory07 Tele-Holic

    Jan 26, 2011

  11. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    "Best" is only "most good"; "greatest" is "most great"! That's more! :D

  12. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

    Apr 17, 2008
    Port Moody, BC
    So, "fattest" would be even better, because they would be the "biggest," and it's always great to be biggest.

  13. JaysRiff

    JaysRiff Tele-Meister

    Jun 18, 2011
    Too hard to choose, America has had a wealth of great rock bands from the 50s onwards

    I gotta hang my head when i hear Springsteen & Aerosmith mentioned though how fuggin lame

  14. harold h

    harold h Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2004
    Eddie and the Cruisers

  15. Jackson Jackson

    Jackson Jackson Friend of Leo's

    May 18, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, no question. The Black Crowes would be my second pick.

  16. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    For longevity, and commercial viability, I'd say Aerosmith.
    They still got it, too!

  17. scrumley

    scrumley Tele-Meister

    Jul 20, 2011
    Portland, OR
    No love for The Replacements?
    Electric Mud likes this.

  18. garytelecastor

    garytelecastor Poster Extraordinaire

    Got to go with The Eagles
    2nd- Steely Dan

  19. Vladimir

    Vladimir Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Zagreb, Croatia

    Seen 'em the last couple of tours and they still outperform most younger bands.
    Metallica, maybe second place.

  20. Carlsson

    Carlsson Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2012
    First... I'm not american, so maybe my opinon doesn't count... but when I think about american R'R a few of the previosly mentioned bands come to mind; Bruce/E Street, CCR, Eagles. I think that internationally they are among the most influential ones.
    Beach Boys, sure, but I think they were not quite so big internationally as in the US. They're great though, I saw them once, many years ago, outside concert, at the (swedish...) west coast, on a beautiful summer night. Man, they put on a great show.

    Maybe this is not socially acceptable.... but I also like Bon Jovi a lot. And they've been kind of successful, right?

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