November 17, 2004
Top 40 American Bands

Information Leafblower has surveyed many music bloggers and published the consensus top 40 bands in America.

Looking at my contribution in retrospect, my list is populated mostly by bands who are on the rise both in visibility and artistically, but who I feel are the best US bands right now:

1. The Mountain Goats
2. Drive-By Truckers
3. Fiery Furnaces
4. Wilco
5. Rilo Kiley
6. Sufjan Stevens
7. Joanna Newsom
8. The Decemberists
9. Deerhoof
10. Devendra Banhart

Posted by david on November 17, 2004

Holy hector, I've got some sampling to do. Got Wilco covered and am beginning my DBT journey but the rest are lost on me... Yeesh.

Posted by: UncleHorns on November 17, 2004 03:34 PM

for my HIGH opine on DBT

i just sent to TP a glowing review of FF as well

Posted by: michael baker on November 17, 2004 03:51 PM

black keys?
mates of state?
ted leo?

just throwing them out there - - -

Posted by: bret on November 17, 2004 04:13 PM

We need more Mountain Goats! I've been faithfully downloading every flac/shn I can find, but am always looking for more. Greatest band in the US of A right now (imo).

Thanks for the great site, btw, it's my first stop every day.

Posted by: dave on November 17, 2004 06:07 PM

Looking forward to researching and sampling the bands you put on your list, esp. Mountain Goats and Joanna Newsom.

And keep up the great work on this site. For well over a year it's been one of my first (and fave!) visits when I get home from work each night.

Posted by: Uncle Grambo on November 17, 2004 09:23 PM

Death Cab For Cutie! :)

Posted by: Michelle on November 18, 2004 09:14 AM


Appreciate the Goats whenever I hear them on netradio. First noticed them b/c of you. That and the John Vanderslice tie-in.

DBT are infecting my brain. I might have to go out and get me an album. Debatin' between the new one and Alabama Ass Whuppin, any thoughts?

Posted by: ben on November 18, 2004 01:36 PM

thanks for the list and the link, love your site!

Posted by: karin on November 18, 2004 04:36 PM

oh, and also thanks for Joanna Newsom, can't get enough! Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by: karin on November 18, 2004 04:39 PM
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