Choosing the Top Ten American bands of all time isn’t an easy thing to do. There are so many great names that contributed to the music industry and have captured millions of hearts with their music. Many great artists have sold millions of copies of their albums and have songs that hold certain records even after decades.
But for all you music lovers out there, we have compiled a list of top ten greatest American bands of all time. These top American Bands are the ones that have impacted the music industry in a big way. Some of these are quite old bands but their remarkable contribution in this field has made them the most popular American bands of all time.
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10. The Beach Boys
Established back in 1961, The Beach Boys is one of the most popular American bands of all time. It consisted of Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, David Marks, and Bruce Johnston who are veterans of pop, rock, and surf rock. They quickly gained international recognition. The Beach Boys popularized the Californian Youth Culture of surfing, cars, romance and beautiful women.
9. The Crickets
Formed in the 1950s, The Cricket released its first hit single “That’ll be the Day” in 1957. The song got them the attention they needed and took the whole band – Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Joe B. Mauldin – on journey of fame and wealth.
If it is safe to say The Crickets paved way for many great rock bands including The Beatles. Unfortunately, Buddy Holly passed away in 1959, but the band continued making great music. Actually, to this day it exists and various new members have carried on the torch passed to them by former members.
The Eagles are the best of yacht rock. The American band was formed in 1971 by stars like Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. Of course, they weren’t stars at the time but soon, they rose to highest. They were probably the most successful band during 1970s.
Hotel California was among top 20 best selling albums in America. However, the tradition of bands breaking up after major success caught up Eagles and the original members disbanded in 1980.
Monkees was formed during 1960s and released music from 66′ to 71′. They were the next big thing after The Crickets as their Pop/Rock music captured hearts across the country. They are still active to this day and do reunion albums and tours every so often.
The interesting thing about Monkees is that it was an imaginary band and was from a TV show. However, the actors actually formed the band and worked in the music industry for five years.
Also known as “the Bad Boys from Boston,” Aerosmith was formed in 1970. It wasn’t the most perfect time to be forming a rock band as America was going nuts over Eagles. But, with there music they established their own identity.
Band consisted of Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and Roy Tabano. But not too long after the band was formed, Tabano said goodbye to the band, his replacement was Brad Whitford.
5. The Doors
The Doors were as American as it gets. The band was formed in Los Angeles. Members of the band started as film students at UCLA and were from different backgrounds. There individualism made them unique, their music was heart-warming, and protest songs like “Five or One” made The Doors the hottest commodity of its time.
4. Guns N’ Roses
Also formed in LA, Guns N’ Roses came to existence in 1985. Axl, Slash, Izzy Duff and party rocked millions of hearts across the United States. However, their popularity wasn’t limited to United States. Guns N’Roses was heard across the globe.
Nirvana was created by sings and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bass player Krist Novaselic in 1987. Often regarded as one of the influential bands in America, Nirvana only released three full albums. However, they toured and worked on cover songs that added to their popularity.
David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” is one of Nirvana’s most popular cover songs of all time.
Formed in 1981, the heavy metal band quickly rose to fame. Metallica is among the most commercially successful bands of not only U.S., but of all time. Each song, each album was a hit and Metallica’s popularity reached to ends of this earth. To this day, their music is heard by millions of fans.
1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
What can we say about Bruce Springsteen? When it comes to rock n’roll, there is no one better. Formed back in 1971, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. E Street Band worked many veteran of the music industry including The Bob Dylan, The Meat Loaf, Lou Reed, David Bowie and more.