08/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

America's Biggest Brands: Iconic Or Overexposed? (SLIDESHOW, VOTE)

In the money-hungry world of corporate America, is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? In the case of mega-brands like Wal-Mart, Starbucks and McDonalds there may actually be. With every step these profitable, but often reviled companies take, they face an increasing amount of scrutiny about their business practices.

Huge consumer companies like Apple, Google, or Coca Cola have become an essential fact of our lives. They've changed the way we shop, eat and interact, but we're often not quite sure how we really feel about them. Sure, I love my iPhone but...

In honor of July 4th holiday, we've assembled a somewhat ad hoc list of America's most prominent brands. Each of these brands are quintessentially American in their own way, and - for better or worse -- they occupy a huge space in our collective psyche.

Which of America's biggest brands has done the best job of growing in a responsible, smart fashion? Which brands are truly and deservedly iconic? Which are sickening? Which are inspiring? Which are merely ubiquitous?

View our SLIDESHOW and VOTE below:

The Most American Brands: Iconic Or Over-Exposed (VOTE)

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