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Over the past few decades, alternative country music has served as a more exciting option for fans of country music who aren't excited about what the mainstream has to offer. Alt country bands fuse together genres outside of traditional music to create a more diverse sound that retains its country roots, but at the same time, isn't exactly like what's going on. These bands have managed win over fans of other brands of alternative music because of their originality and the accessibility to their sound.

So, with so many great alt country bands out there, who can be called the best alt country band? One of the widely recognized originators of alternative country music is Uncle Tupelo. Though the group no longer exists, they are considered one of the most important alternative country artists because of their derivative bands, Wilco and Son Volt, both of which are considered some of the best alternative country bands. Other widely acclaimed alt country bands include Ryan Adams, Drive-by Truckers, Steve Earle and Band of Horses.

That said, it's up to you to determine which of these alt country bands can truly can be considered the best. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative country bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative country musician ever?" If you notice someone is missing, feel free to add them as this should include all alternative country bands.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 alternative country bands.(48 items)
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Ryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Ryan Adams Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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Uncle Tupelo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Chazaaroncamp added Uncle Tupelo Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock

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Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Son Volt Folk rock, Alternative country, Country

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Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Drive-By Truckers Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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Jason Isbell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Hugo Vogel added Jason Isbell Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

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Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Chazaaroncamp added Jayhawks Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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Old 97's is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Old 97's Country rock, Alternative country, Country

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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Gillian Welch American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Jacques Veerman added Sturgill Simpson

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Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Old Crow Medicine Show Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
The Avett Brothers Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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Kathleen Edwards is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Kathleen Edwards Folk music, Alternative country, Country

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Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Band of Horses Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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Will Oldham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Will Oldham Folk music, Alternative country, Country

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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Patty Griffin Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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Jenny Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Jenny Lewis Alternative country, Indie folk, Indie rock

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The Decemberists is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
The Decemberists Indie pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Shooter Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country

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Deer Tick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Deer Tick Rock music, Alternative country, Indie folk

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Vic Chesnutt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Vic Chesnutt Folk rock, Alternative country

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Alejandro Escovedo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Alejandro Escovedo Chicano rock, Heartland rock, Alternative rock

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The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
The Civil Wars Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Gary B. Larson added Blue Rodeo Country rock

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Maria McKee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Maria McKee Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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

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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Va... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band Americana, Alternative country, Indie rock

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BR549 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
BR549 Rockabilly, Alternative country, Country

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Lydia Loveless is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
slackMFr added Lydia Loveless

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Cory Branan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Cory Branan Rock music, Folk music, Alternative country

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Dawes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Chazaaroncamp added Dawes Folk rock, Indie folk, Indie rock

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Dar Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Dar Williams Folk music, Alternative country

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Bellwether is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Hugo Vogel added Bellwether

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She & Him is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music

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The Mastersons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Hugo Vogel added The Mastersons

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Gloriana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
kekajr added Gloriana Country

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Green River Ordinance is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
kekajr added Green River Ordinance Rock music, Pop rock, Alternative rock

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Okkervil River is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Okkervil River Folk rock, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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Howe Gelb is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Howe Gelb Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

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The Watson Twins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
The Watson Twins Folk music, Alternative country, Indie folk

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Jesse Sykes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Jesse Sykes Psychedelic folk, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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Beachwood Sparks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Beachwood Sparks Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop, Alternative country

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Natalie Maines is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Natalie Maines Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Folk music

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Ben Bridwell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Ben Bridwell Alternative country, Indie rock, Southern rock

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These United States is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
These United States Psychedelic folk, Pop music, Garage rock

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Clem Snide is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Country Bands/Artists
Clem Snide Alternative country, Indie rock