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. (325 items)
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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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    Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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    Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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    American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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    Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Heartland rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock

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    Folk music, Country

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Americana, Country

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    Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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    Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Americana, Folk music, Country

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Folk music

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    Alternative country, Country

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll

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    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

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    Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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    Country

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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    Folk music, Country, Cowpunk

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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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    Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

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    Country rock

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