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Friday, February 25, 2011

Top 5 American Rock and Roll Bands

After getting cut at the bar the other night, I sat down next to my friend Dom Aiello and enjoyed a cold beer. We got to talking about many things and as conversations go amongst musicians, we started talking about music. We were out back at the Hole and as many of you may know, the juke box out there is nothing if not eclectic. I believe a Creedence Clearwater Revival song came on and I declared that they are the best American Rock and Roll band. Of course, this isn't necessarily true, but it set the tone for the next 45 minutes.

I soon posed the Top 5 List subject: "Top 5 American Rock and Roll Bands."

We soon established that while many acts from the fifties who were responsible for Rock and Roll should maybe be on the list, their importance came more into play with how they affected young pale men in England. Dom sees a lot of that stuff as rockabilly anyway and I see it as lightweight. That "Bands" is in the title is important as well. This excludes the Bill Haleys, the Jerry Lee Lewises, the Elvises, and the Buddy Hollies. We're talking bands here. And we talked bands. I suprised myself by considering some bands who I would otherwise blow off, only because of their undeniable Rock and Roll aesthetic. And no, Cheap Trick wasn't even brought up.

We saw eye to eye on most every band that we discussed and found it really difficult to choose 5. While each of our Top 5's would have been different, we could at least agree on 14 to choose from. I don't remember who he chose aside from ZZ Top, which I agree with. Maybe we agreed on X too. Anyways, now that I've had a few days I'll try and pick.

ZZ Top
The Allman Brothers
The Doors

See, it's hard. Whatever. Of course it doesn't matter. It's fun is all. Here's the master, in my own hand.


the valley is not my name said...

you guys are right, it's hard because so many of the best bands came from england. or australia in the case of ac/dc.

i would tend to concur with most on your master list, though i feel the velvet underground are pretty much essential. and i guess i personally would have to add husker du, black flag, rem, the byrds and metallica.

and maybe cheap trick.

for some reason it seems like wilco and the grateful dead are supposed to be on there too but i just can't do it.

creedence is probably pound for pound my favorite american rock band, huskers and velvets tied for second.

it seems to be an unpopular opinion, but i have always maintained that g&r were an astonishingly overrated band. i'm just glad neither of you guys considered boston.

NURKIN said...

For what it's worth:

ZZ Top