Now, I don't want to get off on an anti-Eagles rant here. That sort of thing has a shelf life, and I'm not interested in trying to make an argument based on the legendary assholery of Glenn Frey and Don Henley. What good would that do?
I will say this--if you're going to have a discussion about the greatest American rock and roll band, you start with the fucking Foo Fighters.
Full stop. Foo Fighters are the greatest American rock and roll band.
Can they fill arenas? Yep.
Can they rock the hell out of any song you want to throw at them? Yep.
Can they put out albums and not embarrass themselves? Yes, mostly and mainly.
They've been doing this for twenty years. How many American bands have lasted longer than that? Don't count Aerosmith because they stopped being a band for a while. Don't count Kiss because they threw guys out who were integral to the band. Twenty years is forever and a day for an American rock and roll band.
Foo Fighters aren't done. They can go another twenty, and if they do, then they are the greatest American rock and roll band. If they quit tomorrow, they're top three, easily.
But what's sad? They're not even in the top ten of all time bands. England has eight of them and Ireland and Canada each has one.
3. Led Zeppelin
4. The Who
5. The Kinks
6. Pink Floyd
7. Stone Roses
8. The Smiths
Foo Fighters are somewhere in the top twenty, and props to Green Day as well. The Eagles aren't even in the top 50. This is just my ridiculous list. Argue amongst yourselves.