SPECIAL // 20 Great Rock Bands from the United States

Today Sunday is July 4, Independence Day for the United States; the northern country that invention rock and roll and that received feedback from every corner of the world at the cost of 3 chords; of refined improvisation others; and a few capacity for empathy and connection.

We know that there are several out, and we leave that for the debate. Here, our selection of 20 great rock bands from the United States …

GRATEFUL DEAD

They were born as the perfect accompaniment to the LSD tests at Berkley; and they became a cultural phenomenon thanks to their ability to shape all the colors of an era. If we add impeccable songs to spice up, we have a true institution of live rock made in America.

THE DOORS

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The Doors had a major impact on American rock over the course of six years after forming in Los Angeles in 1965. Jim Morrison’s vitriolic and frequently unhinged delivery was a key feature of the band’s sound, but Ray Manzarek’s keyboard Just as significant was their unique emphasis on organ-guided tracks and psychedelic arrangements saw the band blend into the rock spirit before Morrison’s untimely death in 1971.

KISS

Maybe Kiss is the quintessential American band. The quartet that revolutionized the aesthetics in rock of the 70s did so at the tip of the show’s meaning on stage and affirmed by a restless battery of hymns and irresistible hooks. Hene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss taught the world what it is like to turn an idea into an indelible mark, with a legion of fans all over the planet who keep the flame alive to this day, now resuming their farewell tour .

AEROSMITH

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Nobody did stadium rock like Aerosmith in their pomp. Steve Tyler and company were formed in 1970 and the great longevity of the group is impressive in itself. Their first Top 10 single, “Dream On,” came in 1976, while their biggest hit, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” topped the charts 22 years later in 1998. In addition to representing one of the world’s biggest acts. With over 150 million record sales to their name, Tyler’s group is also responsible for one of the first (and one of the best) rock / hip hop collaborations, the Run DMC mix. “Walk This Way”.

EAGLES

It is a testament to the band’s appeal that the Eagles have sold over 100 million records in the United States alone, with their music proving to be incredibly popular over the past five decades. His carefree brand of soft rock on hits like “Take it Easy” and “Hotel California” is almost as quintessentially American as can be and you can hear the warmth of his native California reflected in the sun-kissed sound of the Eagles. In addition to fabulous songwriting and crystal clear harmonies, the band’s music features some of the most elegant guitars you can hear courtesy of Joe Walsh.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND

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The Boss is a force of nature, no doubt. And alongside their E Street band, they are the pure embodiment of the tradition and values ​​of American-made rock. In them we see the history, his passion, his commitment and his desire to take with him a dedicated public. And we see it in each of his shows. Those extensive shows where each of us comes out of the best experience of his life.

RAMONES

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The Ramones may be more familiar to many as a t-shirt than a band these days, but the group’s impact on American rock culture cannot be understated. The group pioneered the US punk scene in the mid-1970s, proving the perfect antidotes to the over-the-top, indulgent progressive rock movement of the early 1970s. The group’s songs rarely extended beyond the two-and-a-half minute mark, but their deeply melodic approach to songwriting set them apart from their contemporaries.

METALLICA

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Metallica helped shape the sound of contemporary heavy metal after forming in 1981. The formidable qualities of James Hetfield’s delivery with Lars Ulrich’s deft drumming and Kirk Hammett’s virtuoso guitar styles are perfectly synchronized on classic tracks like ” Enter Sandman “,” Nothing Else Matters “and” Master of Puppet “s, which continue to inform and inspire heavy metal and heavy rock musicians around the world.

R.E.M.

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REM combined country, stadium rock, and indie to create one of the sexiest songs of the ’80s and’ 90s. Frontman Michael Stipe’s unmistakable voice and much-underrated lead guitar work by Peter Buck propped up the group’s sound. throughout their career, which spanned from their formation in Georgia in 1980 to their breakup in 2011. Whether you prefer the group’s early idiosyncratic material or the groundbreaking success of albums like “Out of Time” and “Automatic for the People” “, the band represents one of the most interesting groups of its time with much to discover in its extensive catalog.

NIRVANA

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Nirvana brought a generation together in the early ’90s when Kurt Cobain became an unlikely poster boy for the disenchanted and outcast twentysomethings of the day. The group’s strident arrangements and their leader’s trademark accent spoke to Gen X in a way few had before, but that was far beyond their appeal. Its finely crafted songwriting and sharp pop sensibilities also gave Nirvana an intergenerational musical appeal that many bands involved in the ’90s alternative rock movement would never achieve. The universal quality and fervor of the band’s music helped make them one of the best bands ever, with Kurt Cobain rightly remembered as the great rock antihero of his time.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

Authors of a powerful songbook that broke all possible barriers, John Fogerty’s band is an unavoidable classic in every corner of the world. Riffs from the swamps, sharp and accurate lyrics of its time and the definitive confirmation of the power of simplicity, CCR is one of the great beacons in rock history.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

The Red Hot Chili Peppers became America’s most prominent funk rockers. Since their formation in 1983, bassist Flea and newly returned guitarist John Frusciante are widely regarded as some of the greatest musicians of their generation, while songs such as “Californication” and “Under the Bridge” became some of the greatest songs. popular ’90s. The band’s longevity is a testament to its global appeal and you can guarantee that the band will continue to leap shirtless on stage for years to come.

PEARL JAM

Seattle’s other great rock band, Pearl Jam, led by Eddie Vedder, became one of the most popular alternative rock acts of the 90s and helped spearhead the hugely influential grunge movement in America. The band made their first breakthrough with their debut album “Ten” in 1991 and never looked back, selling approximately 60 million records worldwide.

GUNS N’ ROSES

Guns N ‘Roses earned a reputation as “the most dangerous band in the world” in the late 1980s, embodying the excesses of rock and roll of the time like no other. Their debut album, “Appetite For Destruction”, racked up sales of around 30 million worldwide, with “Sweet Child O ‘Mine” earning the group international recognition. The band’s most recent endeavors have been a bit less compelling, with the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy proving a flop in 2008, but the group remains one of the most successful acts of their generation thanks to Axl Rose reuniting, Slash. and Duff McKagan who have kept them on constant tour since 2016.

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

An inspired fusion of rap and thrash metal made RATM quite a unique proposition for rock fans in the early ’90s. In addition to producing a series of killer tunes, the group also gained a reputation as one of the most overtly political bands in the world. decade, with revolutionary messages in many of its lyrics. And they announced their return, so get ready.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

“The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band,” Brian Eno once said. Lou Reed’s New York combo received a fraction of the commercial success they deserved during their career, but they rank among the most influential rock bands of the 1960s and ’70s. With Andy Warhol on board as their manager since 1965, The Velvet Underground He approached his performances as art shows rather than live concerts, pushing boundaries and convention throughout his career.

FROM HALEN

There is a famous scene in “Back To The Future” where Marty McFly puts his father, then a teenager in the 50s in the United States, a song by Van Halen to try to convince him that he is an alien. It’s a great moment, reflecting the impact that Van Halen had on pop culture in general. The late Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing was so incredibly ahead of its time that for many it was Hendrix’s second coming. However, it was not all tuning fork pyrotechnics: the success of tracks like “Jump” proved that the group could also write huge melodies.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

Nothing epitomizes the great American rock of the 60s and 70s like the harmonies of Crosby, Stills & Nash. The group was joined sporadically by Neil Young throughout their career and they created some of the best folk-rock records of the time. “Ohio,” which was written by Young in reaction to the 1970 Kent state shootings and performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, remains one of the best protest songs ever recorded.

PIXIES

The Pixies were among the pioneers of the alternative scene of the 90s, becoming one of the most distinctive and revered bands of the time thanks to the unique combination of surf rock, psychedelic and grunge in their music. Its dynamic sound, evocative pun, and distinctive use of “loud and quiet” song formats would influence the work of contemporaries Nirvana and many others. The Boston group found a new wave of fans after their song was used to devastating effect on the climactic scene of David Fincher’s “Fight Club” in 1999.

TALKING HEADS

Talking Heads were one of the celebrated bands that played regularly at the legendary CBGB club in New York, helping to establish some of the most influential new wave bands of the ’70s and’ 80s. David Byrne’s signature vocal delivery (without mention their fondness for oversized suits) gave the band their distinctive post-punk sound, while also boasting one of the funkiest and most formidable rhythm sections in rock, the form of bassist Tina Weymouth and drummer Chris Frantz.