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!


  1. pearl jam should not be #1 on tht list and defiantley shouldnt be on the list.i mean
    come on.one of the reasons they were voted #1 was because
    bands tried to imitate them.ummm they kind of imitated a band themselves,nirvana.so tht reason is a bunch of crap.i dont know why aerosmith isnt #1.thts just my opinion.

  2. Hi! came across your site – very cool!

    I’m a DJ in a small town – just grad’d broadcast school – and I do a show called the top 5 at 5…..top 5 songs to do with anything (movie tunes, this week in 198_, top 5 love songs, etc) – if you have suggestions it’d be much appreciated! Keep up the blog!

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