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Best/most important American rock band

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Gator, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    What say you? Two different questions, which could have two different answers.

    Bruce and the E Street Band?
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers?
    The Doors?
    The Allman Brothers?
    The Beach Boys?
    The Ramones?

    As for me personally, I'm quite partial to the Grateful Dead for best. I understand they are a mostly underground, non-mainstream band, but musically, it doesn't get much better for me. As for most important, it could very well be the same answer. I also could go with Nirvana, which reshaped music.
  2. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Led Zeppelin
    Van Halen
  3. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    Rush is Canadian.
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  4. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Should have read the title of the thread. My bad. I’ll go with Led Zep and Van Halen.
  5. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    Led Zeppelin is English.

    At least there's Van Halen. Pearl Jam?

    Because "rock" can be so nebulous ... I'd almost offer Earth, Wind & Fire. Tough to put them in one genre ... R&B, funk, soul ... almost cannot put them in a genre.
  6. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    Can also buy Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ... if you can accept The Boss as part of a band instead of as one person.
  7. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    For your consideration:
    Credence C R
    C S N & Y
    Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Beach Boys
  8. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    The Band is mostly Canadian, so they're out. CSNY: Nash is English and Young Canadian.

    I'd throw Buddy Holly and The Crickets in the Founding Fathers division.

    In a more or less chronological order:

    Buddy Holly and the Crickets
    The Beach Boys
    Jefferson Airplane
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    The Grateful Dead
    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    The Eagles
    Van Halen
    Prince and the Revolution
    Guns N Roses
    Green Day
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2019
  9. Slacker

    Slacker Well-Known Member

    Grand Funk saw this thread coming decades ago ...

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  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Hard to pinpoint the most influential American band. Most American bands will cite British groups as their influence. And really hard to "hear" much influence from older bands in newer artists. A group like the Eagles might have more influence on country artists today than rock.
  11. Spartan Squad

    Spartan Squad Well-Known Member

    The US has had some great bands but if we're talking most important you almost have to go individuals rather than group. England had the Stones, Beatles, Zeppelin et al. Our icons are the likes of Elvis (who put on a show like none before him), Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Dylan.
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  12. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

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