The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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Americana artists are by nature are traditionalist American musicians who infuse roots music - which includes elements of rock, folk, blues, bluegrass and even R&B - to create a sound that channels the spirit of traditional American music. The best Americana bands have been internationally recognized and critically acclaimed for creatively bringing the roots music movement to a wider audience. While Americana bands and Americana artists first achieved tepid popularity during the 1960s, since the onset of the 1990s, they've grown in popularity and acclaim, with some even taking home major Grammy awards.

So, what are the best Americana bands? When people think of Americana music, the best examples of the top Americana bands includes The Band (who strangely enough aren't even American), Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, The Civil Wars and Son Volt. These are some of the best bands in the genre and some are considered among the greatest rock bands of all time and even the best country music artists. That's the beauty of Americana music: it fuses so many different other genres that different music artists can create the Americana sound. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Americana bands. If you notice that a band isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Americana bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Americana musician ever?" 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 americana bands that you might've heard of. (321 items)
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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    American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Country

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    Folk music, Country

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

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    Folk rock, Alternative country, Country

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    ranked low on reranks & added by bcook

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Alternative country, Country

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Heartland rock

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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    Americana, Folk music, Country

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    Americana, Country

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Country rock, Alternative country, Country

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

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    Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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    added by wookalily
    americana Wookalily are quirky, in a good way. Folk-gothic troubadour tales, new-time mountain music, glorious melodic hooks and a drum kit which guarantees purists cover their ears. Five women (Adele, Sharon,

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    Americana

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    Rockabilly, Folk music, Alternative country

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    Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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