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. (312 items)
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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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    The Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time


    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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    Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

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    Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time


    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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    American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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    Folk rock, Alternative country, Country

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Folk music, Country

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    Americana, Folk music, Country

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    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Country

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Delbert McClinton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time


    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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

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    Alternative country, Country

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Heartland rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

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    Americana

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    Dave Alvin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time


    Rockabilly, Folk music, Alternative country

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    Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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    Rock music, Folk music, Country

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    Country

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    Cross Canadian Ragweed is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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    Americana, Red Dirt, Country rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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