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The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists

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Over the past few decades, alternative country music has served as a more exciting option for fans of country music who aren't excited about what the mainstream has to offer. Alt country bands fuse together genres outside of traditional music to create a more diverse sound that retains its country roots, but at the same time, isn't exactly like what's going on. These bands have managed win over fans of other brands of alternative music because of their originality and the accessibility to their sound.

So, with so many great alt country bands out there, who can be called the best alt country band? One of the widely recognized originators of alternative country music is Uncle Tupelo. Though the group no longer exists, they are considered one of the most important alternative country artists because of their derivative bands, Wilco and Son Volt, both of which are considered some of the best alternative country bands. Other widely acclaimed alt country bands include Ryan Adams, Drive-by Truckers, Steve Earle and Band of Horses.

That said, it's up to you to determine which of these alt country bands can truly can be considered the best. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative country bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative country musician ever?" If you notice someone is missing, feel free to add them as this should include all alternative country bands.If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative country bands.(40 items)


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    Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day, The Dirty South

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    The Mountain, Jerusalem, Transcendental Blues

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    Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Trace, Straightaways

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    Heartbreaker, Gold, Love Is Hell

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    Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Summerteeth, Being There

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    Too Far to Care, Satellite Rides, Wreck Your Life

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    No Depression, Still Feel Gone, Anodyne

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    Light of the Stable, Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, Red Dirt Girl ...

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    Time (The Revelator), Hell Among the Yearlings, Soul Journey

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    Hollywood Town Hall, Tomorrow the Green Grass, Sound of Lies

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    I and Love and You, Emotionalism, A Carolina Jubilee

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    Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Iron World, Greetings From Wawa

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    Everything All the Time, Cease to Begin, Mirage Rock

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    Electric Rodeo, Put the O Back in Country, The Wolf

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    I See a Darkness, Lie Down in the Light, Superwolf

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    The Hazards of Love, The Crane Wife, Her Majesty the Decemberists

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    By the Hand of the Father, The Boxing Mirror, Thirteen Years

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    Barton Hollow, Live at Eddie's Attic, The Civil Wars

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    Divine Providence, War Elephant, Negativity

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    Rabbit Fur Coat, Acid Tongue, I'm Having Fun Now

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    Stories Don't End, Nothing Is Wrong, Suitcase

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    Back to Me, Voyageur, Failer

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    Flaming Red, Lanark Silver Bell, Children Running Through

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    Big Backyard Beat Show, More From Robert's, Tangled in the Pines

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    Life Is Sweet, Maria McKee, You Gotta Sin to Get Saved

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    Young Criminals Starvation League, A Storm - A Tree - My Mother's Head, ...

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    Hisser, Lull Some Piano, Confluence

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    The Hell You Say, 12 Songs

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    The Stage Names, Black Sheep Boy, Julie Doiron / Okkervil River

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    Drunk, Little, The Salesman & Bernadette

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    End of the Summer, The Honesty Room, The Green World

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    These United States, A Picture of the Three of Us at the Gate to the ...

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    Rabbit Fur Coat, Talking to You, Talking to Me

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    Once We Were Trees, Beachwood Sparks, The Tarnished Gold

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    Soft Spot, End of Love, You Were A Diamond

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    A Very She & Him Christmas, Volume One, Volume Two

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    Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul

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    Mother, God Only Knows

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