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posted by: Alley Gator
04/20/12 11:43 am
THE BEST AMERICAN ROCK & ROLL BANDS
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Here are 18 candidates for the crown. Which band is best of all and why do you think so?
To be fair to these groups, my list of candidates omits bands known primarily for their leader who often records as a solo act (e.g., Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band), bands that are not primarily rock bands (e.g., Public Enemy), and bands that are composed mainly of non-Americans (e.g., The Band). Of course, you may set different ground rules for yourself and/or prefer different bands!

The Beach Boys
The Byrds
The (Young) Rascals
The Doors
The Velvet Underground
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Santana
The Allman Brothers Band
The Eagles
Steely Dan
The Ramones
Talking Heads
R.E.M.
Los Lobos
The Replacements
Pearl Jam
Green Day
The White Stripes

My pick? I hope I'm never forced to choose between The Beach Boys and Creedence Clearwater Revival. As often as I listen to my playlists of their best songs, I never fail to be thrilled by either of them.
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