bands/musicians The Best Jam Bands  

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Since the 1960s, jambands have been wildly popular. Known for spacey, extended jams and solos, the best jam bands have developed strong, devoted followings over the years. The top jam bands' concerts have become events unto themselves with fans often times camping out and traveling all over to hear a live show. These sets generally vary from night to night, giving fans a different experience. While jam bands never sold too well, their live shows are stuff of legend. Today, jam band not only includes the psychedelic bands who were initially labeled as this, but also folk rock, electronic music, world music, and jazz fusion.

So, what are the best jam bands? For starters, any list has to include the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Phish, Gov't Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood and over time, the Black Crowes. These bands are widely known for allowing their concerts to be taped and circulated among their fans. Additionally, as time has worn on, the best jam bands have been influenced by others outside of the stringent jam band label. The party atmosphere and improvisational nature of this style of music has allowed to endure and grow over the years.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best jam bands. If you notice a band that isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best jam band bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest jam band 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 jam band bands that you might've heard of. (66 items)
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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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+ - 352 95
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jam Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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+ - 417 143
Phish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Phish Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

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+ - 178 94
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

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+ - 204 115
moe. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jam Bands
moe. Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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+ - 241 127
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Widespread Panic Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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+ - 219 103
Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Umphrey’s McGee Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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+ - 223 106
The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jam Bands
The String Cheese Incident Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

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Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Gov't Mule Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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+ - 133 86
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

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+ - 90 45
Tedeschi Trucks Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Tedeschi Trucks Band Blues-rock, Rock music, Soul music

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+ - 106 63
Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Phil Lesh and Friends Rock music, Folk rock, Jam band

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+ - 26 12
Santana is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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+ - 121 79
Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jam Bands

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+ - 82 64
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jam Bands
The Black Crowes Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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+ - 97 62
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Little Feat Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

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+ - 83 50
Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Keller Williams Rock music, Folk music, Reggae

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+ - 82 57
Robert Randolph & The Family B... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Robert Randolph & The Family Band Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Jam band

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+ - 84 52
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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+ - 71 53
The Dead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jam Bands
The Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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+ - 66 37
North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jam Bands
North Mississippi Allstars Blues-rock, Jam band, Southern rock

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+ - 84 53
My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jam Bands
My Morning Jacket Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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+ - 64 47
Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Railroad Earth Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass

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+ - 75 58
Ratdog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Ratdog Rock music, Jam band

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+ - 86 56
Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Medeski Martin & Wood Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

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+ - 87 58
STS9 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jam Bands
STS9 Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

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+ - 38 15
Aqueous is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jam Bands

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Rusted Root is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rusted Root Rock music, Alternative rock, Jam band

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Oysterhead is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Oysterhead Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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Dark Star Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dark Star Orchestra Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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Lotus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Lotus Rock music, Electronic music, Jam band

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Hot Tuna is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Hot Tuna Rock music, Acoustic music, Blues

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+ - 85 62
Disco Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Disco Biscuits Dubstep, Dance-punk, Rock music

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Dopapod is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jam Bands

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jam Bands
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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Green Sky Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jam Bands

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Rush is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jam Bands

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Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 36 33
Colonel Claypool's Bucket of B... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains Rock music, Experimental rock, Jam band

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Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Trampled By Turtles Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk

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+ - 38 40
Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Zac Brown Band Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

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Infamous Stringdusters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Infamous Stringdusters Folk music, Jam band, Bluegrass

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+ - 45 52
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jam band

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+ - 39 35
Karl Denson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Karl Denson Jazz, Jam band, Funk

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+ - 10 3
Donna the Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Donna the Buffalo Folk rock, Reggae, Country rock

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+ - 14 17
Max Creek is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Max Creek Rock music

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+ - 9 3
Perpetual Groove is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Perpetual Groove Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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+ - 35 35
Strangefolk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Strangefolk Rock music, Folk music, Jazz