[[caption-width-right:320:Left to right: Gerry Beckley, Dan Peek and Dewey Bunnell.]]
America is a pop/rock band based out of California who had its greatest success in TheSeventies. They have never been critical favorites, but they had a handful of hits which are fondly remembered by fans. The band's vintage lineup consisted of Gerry Beckley, Dan Peek, and Dewey Bunnell. Peek left the group in 1977, but Beckley and Bunnell continue to tour and record as America to this day.
Songs recorded by America include "Ventura Highway," "A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," and "Muskrat Love." That last song makes them worth remembering; after all, [[Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes that song kills killer tomatoes.]] "A Horse with No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair" are more pleasant to humans.
[[Music/TheBeatles George Martin]] produced three of this band's albums.
* BuffySpeak: 'There were plants and birds and rocks and things' in "A Horse with No Name".
* CaptainObvious: In "A Horse with No Name", the singer feels the need to point out that 'The heat was hot'.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: The three members of the classic lineup met while attending a U.S. military high school near London.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''History'', which featured cover art by Creator/PhilHartman, who was an artist before he became a comedian and actor.
* IceCreamKoan: "A Horse with No Name"
* IdiosyncraticAlbumTheming: [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming They once gave seven consecutive albums titles beginning with the letter H.]] (Their greatest hits collection was titled ''History'' simply to fit this pattern.) Later in their careers, they did four more in a row like that.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Muskrat Love"
* LyricalShoehorn: "A Horse with No Name" contains lines like "there were plants and birds and rocks and things" and "cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain".
* MilitaryBrat: In real life; see Everyone Went to School Together. Note also that Dewey Bunnell was born in England.
* TextlessAlbumCover: The aforementioned ''History: America's Greatest Hits'' had one of these in its original vinyl release.
* UnpluggedVersion: Songs such as "A Horse with No Name" and "Sandman" use no electric guitars.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Ventura Highway" contains a couple of lines which writer Dewey Bunnell claims contain meaning but which listeners would be hard pressed to decipher, chiefly the line about "alligator lizards in the air".