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E Street Band Tops Gibson Poll

A Gibson.com poll of the top 50 American bands of all time finds the E Street Band at the top of the heap.  Aerosmith took the second slot, with Metallica (5), Van Halen (6) and the Allman Brothers Band (10) also garnering top votes.  The ranking of some bands ahead of others suggests that a lot of of voters considered the degree of influence a band had in developing new directions in Rock was more important than their overall body of work.  Nirvana (3), the Ramones (4), R.E.M. (8), Guns N' Roses (11), The Stooges (15), the Velvet Underground (17) and Wilco (20) made the top 20.  It's quite a stretch to us that some of those bands deserve places ahead of the Grateful Dead (21), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (24), ZZ Top (30) and some that did not even make the list.

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