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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.(45 items)
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    Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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    Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock

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    Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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    Folk rock, Alternative country, Country

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    American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Country rock, Alternative country, Country

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country

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    Folk music, Alternative country, Country

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    Folk music, Alternative country, Country

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Chicano rock, Heartland rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie folk

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    Alternative country, Indie folk, Indie rock

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Americana, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Folk rock, Alternative country

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    Folk rock, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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    Folk rock, Indie folk, Indie rock

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    The Mastersons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists

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    Country rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Cory Branan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists

    Rock music, Folk music, Alternative country

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    Folk music, Alternative country

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    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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    Bellwether is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists

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    Rockabilly, Alternative country, Country

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    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

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    Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop, Alternative country

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    Psychedelic folk, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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    Folk music, Alternative country, Indie folk

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    Clem Snide is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists

    Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Folk music

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    Psychedelic folk, Pop music, Garage rock

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    Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Alternative country, Indie rock, Southern rock

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