March may be over but the madness, my friends, is just beginning.
For the longest time, I’ve debated over which is the greatest American rock-and-roll act of all time. After all, despite Grammy awards won, albums sold and number one hits compiled, isn’t the greatest band of all time still a purely subjective argument?
This is where you come in.
My good friend over at Dubsism perennially hosts you-vote brackets for things like greatest sports movies and the like so I thought I’d host a friendly bracket where you, my faithful readers, determine the greatest American rock act of all time.
Like post-season, college basketball brackets, all bands will be divided into regions from where their genius was formed: West, South, East and Midwest.
The rules in this contest are simple. No solo acts or duets. That means the greatness of Billy Joel or Hall and Oates will be hereby ignored. Furthermore, bands in this contest will be comprised of all-American members, therefore no Police, Foreigner or Fleetwood Mac. You are allowed to vote as many times as you like and on whichever criteria you see fit: number one hits, longevity, impact on their genre, Hall of Fame induction and of course, your own personal opinion.
I did throw a few R&B and hip-hop acts into the mix because a) all these genres are technically blues-based and b) it’s my contest so I can do what I want.
Bubble bands that didn’t make the cut include Huey Lewis & The News, Motley Crue, Sublime, War, N.W.A., Molly Hatchett, 38 Special, Marshall Tucker Band, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Blues Traveler, Doobie Brothers, Phish, Black Keys, Grand Funk Railroad, The Cars and, as you’ll soon see, many others. I can assure you the process in determining who to include in the final 64 was grueling enough so let the debate begin.
You can vote as many times as you like as often as you like. There is no set time frame for when each round will end so be sure to keep tuning in for updates. As the brackets progress, we will finally be that much closer to determining the greatest American band of all time!
Thanks for participating and let the good times roll!