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]Roots rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good roots rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top roots rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Roots rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all roots rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest roots rock bands of all time, since the most famous roots rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best roots rock music.

You can click on the roots rock band names to see more information about that particular notable roots rock group. If they're near the top of the best roots rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top roots rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the roots rock band names themselves.

These artists, like Bruce Springsteen and Lynyrd Skynyrd include images when available. Downvote the worst ones and upvote the best ones to see only the greatest artists at the top of this list. The list has artists like The Allman Brothers Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival so that you have plenty of stuff to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in roots rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new roots rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of roots rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into roots rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good roots rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent roots rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best roots rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest roots rock 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 roots rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Dire Straits Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
John Mellencamp Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
The Avett Brothers Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Ry Cooder Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Little Feat Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

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T-Bone Burnett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
T-Bone Burnett Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll

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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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The Wallflowers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
The Wallflowers Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnal... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Rock music

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Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Counting Crows Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock

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The J. Geils Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
The J. Geils Band Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music

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Ryan Bingham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Ryan Bingham Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
My Morning Jacket Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Bob Seger Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Delbert McClinton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Delbert McClinton Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Los Lobos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Los Lobos Americana, Chicano rock, Heartland rock

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Peter Wolf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Peter Wolf Blue-eyed soul, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

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Creedence Clearwater Revisited is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revisited Swamp pop, Rock music, Swamp rock

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Dave Alvin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Dave Alvin Rockabilly, Folk music, Alternative country

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Bobby Bare, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Bobby Bare, Jr. Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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Southside Johnny & The Asbury ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Blues

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Bill Mallonee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Bill Mallonee Christian music

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Vigilantes of Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Vigilantes of Love Rock music, Christian rock

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Calexico is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Calexico Americana, Rock music, Alternative country

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Old 97's is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Old 97's Country rock, Alternative country, Country

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Alejandro Escovedo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Alejandro Escovedo Chicano rock, Heartland rock, Alternative rock

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Blue Mountain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Blue Mountain Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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Warren Haynes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Warren Haynes Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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Wood Brothers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists

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Los Lonely Boys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Los Lonely Boys Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

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Howe Gelb is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Howe Gelb Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

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Larkin Poe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists

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Of a Revolution is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
OAR Rock music, Reggae, Pop rock

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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Dave Matthews Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music