music 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. (333 items)

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Lucinda Williams Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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John Prine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
John Prine Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Townes Van Zandt Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Gillian Welch American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Old Crow Medicine Show Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Avett Brothers Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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Jason Isbell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Jason Isbell Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Son Volt Folk rock, Alternative country, Country

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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Drive-By Truckers Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Flying Burrito Brothers Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Tom Russell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Tom Russell Folk music, Country

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Buddy & Julie Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Ry Cooder Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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James McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
James McMurtry Americana, Rock music, Folk rock

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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Patty Griffin Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Jayhawks Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
John Hiatt Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Justin Townes Earle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Justin Townes Earle Americana, Folk music, Country

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Guy Clark is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Guy Clark Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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Buddy Miller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Buddy Miller Americana, Country

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Ryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Ryan Adams Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Civil Wars Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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Rodney Crowell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Rodney Crowell Country

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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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Uncle Tupelo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Uncle Tupelo Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock

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Ryan Bingham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Ryan Bingham Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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Whiskeytown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Whiskeytown Alternative country, Country

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Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Levon Helm Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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T-Bone Burnett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
T-Bone Burnett Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll

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Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Alison Krauss Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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Jerry Jeff Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Jerry Jeff Walker Outlaw country, Country

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Hayes Carll is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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Joe Ely is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Joe Ely Outlaw country, Americana, Heartland rock

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Delbert McClinton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Delbert McClinton Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Robert Earl Keen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Robert Earl Keen Outlaw country, Americana, Folk music

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David Rawlings is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
David Rawlings American Primitivism, Americana, Folk music

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Old 97's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Old 97's Country rock, Alternative country, Country

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Ray Wylie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Ray Wylie Hubbard Folk music, Country, Cowpunk

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Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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Todd Snider is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Todd Snider Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country