For a good two years (1969-1970), Creedence was both the most popular and also the most critically acclaimed American rock band. They had none of the flashy trappings of most pop artists. In their classic configuration of John Fogerty on lead guitar and vocals, brother Tom Fogerty on rhythm guitar, Stu Cook on bass, and Doug Clifford on drums, Creedence was nothing more or less than a straight out rock and roll garage band.

What made them so special? John Fogerty wrote a terrific series of original and memorable songs, and sang them with a distinctive, impassioned, and unforgettable voice. And he and his bandmates combined a driving rhythmic thrust with the tension and release characteristic of the best rock and roll. Creedence records grab you from their first notes and always seem to end too soon.

Creedence released seven consecutive singles -- most were two-sided hits -- that rival the best streak of any act in pop music history. The A-sides were "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Up Around the Bend," and "Lookin' Out My Back Door." The best of the B-sides were "Fortunate Son" and "Who'll Stop the Rain," perhaps their most enduring songs!

In my view, if Creedence Clearwater Revival is not the best of all American rock bands, they are certainly among the top three. In the Artist Lists section of the site I've got a list of 18 candidates for your consideration. Please take a look and weigh in with your opinion. Which American band do you think is best of all? And BTW, what are your favorite Creedence songs?

(CCR was our Featured Artist for the weeks of April 20 and April 27, 2012.)