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Who is the top U.S. band?

That bastion of rock and roll journalism, USA Today has determined that it is Pearl Jam that is the greatest American band of all time according to a reader poll conducted by one Whitney Matheson in her “Pop Candy” column. Now I’m not going to argue about this since it’s too hot to argue but I can certainly say without question that Journey, Van Halen (love the DLR-era), Queensryche, KISS (do I have to spell it in capitals?) and Bon Jovi should certainly not be on the list. Hey, I have enjoyed “Wheel in the Sky” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” as much as the next drunkin’ slob but that in my mind does not in any way consititute “greatest American band.” Of course, these are the readers of USA Today so I shouldn’t be too surprised. Run the same poll at Harp or Magnet and I suspect the list would be vastly different (with The Ramones, Replacements and R.E.M. probably more prominent) so I shouldn’t be too harsh. What do you think? Who is the greatest American band ever? Enquiring minds wanna know!
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