32 votes

Who's your favorite American band?

I'll start off with my favorite, and I feel most underrated band, Oingo Boingo. Danny Elfman, film composer for such films as Batman (1987), Edward Scissorhands, Simpsons, Charlotte's Web, Spider-Man 1 through 3, and Nightmare Before Christmas (of which he also sang parts for several characters including Jack Skellington) was the front man for Oingo Boingo. They had many hits, but the one they are most recognized of is Dead Man's Party.


Who is your favorite American band or musician?

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Good stuff

Are you familiar with the Kinsella family (from Chicago) and their bands, Joan of Arc, Owls, and Make Believe, etc.? Probably my favorite bands (links to my favorite songs by them).

Some more

John Prine

Goose creek symphony

Stevie RayVaughn

Fabulous thunderbirds

Bob Seger

Reo Speedwagon with Gary Richrath

Skynyrd with Ronnie Van Zant


Sammy Hagar

Damn... i'm showing my age.




With four more added for good measure.

The Muddy Waters Band

With Muddy Water, Otis Spann, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Jimmy rogers, and Elgin Evans
Only Otis Spann and Muddy is on this vid. w James Cotton on Harp

LoL! @ 6:20

That guy is definitely not gay, but @ 6:20, he just starts dancin' with one of his band members. ahh hahaha that was awesome.

Some of those people in the audience are really stoned, and I'm talkin' about the white people...

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

And just to show I'm not that Moldy

I also like

The Hold steady

Alabama Shakes - meh their kinda for the older crowd


St Vincent

And Gogol Bordello - not sure if they count as american - certainly not to the neocons so I will count them .


Rage Against the Machine. the greatest band in the f'n universe!

"here's somethin' nice and friendly...."

FUCK the PO-lice, comin' straight out' tha unda'ground."

They need to get back together and tour! It's the perfect time!

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

They Might Be Giants before 1992

One of their best songs Ana Ng:

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--


Wow, what a unique pick,

Wow, what a unique pick, fonzdrew! Elfman is definitely underrated and little known.

If we're talking about a band still living, then it has to be the Pixies. They inspired, the uninspired.


Here's one of my favorite songs from the era everyone is

focused on (but I still love the 40s big bands best of all). I'm talkin' 'bout the "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out". The Boss with the E Street Band:


“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox


I'm a huge fan of older music! I have a collection of cliff Edwards, Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Glenn Miller, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, and Cole Porter. Cliff Edwards is the least remembered IMO.


Holy.... from 1929! Delightful!

I didn't recall Cliff Edwards, either. But, once I heard his voice, I recalled hearing his songs from way back when. They may be old but, they don't get stale.

Did you see my exchange with Ira Freeman further down on this thread? We had a fun time boogying last night to Glen Miller (my hands down favorite band) and Benny Goodman.

Love the artists you mentioned and would add Duke Ellington to the list. I can never hear enough of their music!

BTW, remember this little gem: http://youtu.be/qafnJ6mRbgk ?

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Never in a million years would I have known that was him!

What a treat! They even resemble each other! Thanks for the trip back to my childhood, fonzdrew.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

It is him

He actually did the singing voice for Jiminy Cricket. Walt Disney and him were friends. :)

I know Eddy's anti gun

But I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan. Also Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Candlebox, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Temple of the Dog but I'm from Tacoma, WA.


Got a Million of Em -- I'm pretty diverse

Will try to break away from the Top 40 stuff :)

I can't find a lot of the music I like. I'll start of with this one while I fish around.

Detroit's finest since 1964....

Avett Brothers, William

Avett Brothers, William Elliot Whitmore, Wilco, Guy Davis, Doc Watson, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Jack White!

So good to see someone

appreciate composers who write soundtracks for movies.

Add to Danny Elman;

John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, etc.)
James Newton Howard (The Village, etc.)
Brian Tyler (Thor 2, etc.)

Good stuff. Really emotive. If you had opened the field outsode of America we could have added Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, and Patrick Doyle.

Heart, Rush, Boston, Kansas --> American bands that rock.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

A few of my favorites

Brian Jonestown Massacre.
13th floor elevators.
Black Flag. (Before Ginn started his lawsuits)
Captain geech & the shrimp shack shooters. (LOL)

Label Jars, Not People!




I actually like all kinds of music from the big band stuff my mom always had playing to things I picked up playing computer games with my teenage nephew. Metal, Rap, Country, Techno, Dubstep, Indie, House.. 20's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's 90's, on up

Couldn't really pick a favorite band because of the many genres

Daughter of 1776 American Revolutionists

Pedobear approves

Oingo boingo - little girls



My fav Pennywise song:

Bump for PennyWise!

So good live, too.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.