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. (345 items)
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The Band is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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173 34
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
josephaldenmoore added Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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118 13
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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163 41
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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142 23
Jason Isbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Jason Isbell Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

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117 20
John Prine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
John Prine Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

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144 40
Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Lucinda Williams Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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114 20
Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Townes Van Zandt Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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175 49
The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Avett Brothers Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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111 17
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
josephaldenmoore added Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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94 15
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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86 9
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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135 34
Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Old Crow Medicine Show Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

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111 23
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Neil Young Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

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73 7
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
bcook added Sturgill Simpson

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113 33
Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Gillian Welch American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

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96 19
Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Son Volt Folk rock, Alternative country, Country

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103 30
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Tata14 added Wilco Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

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58 7
The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Flying Burrito Brothers Rock music, Country rock, Country

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57 7
Guy Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Guy Clark Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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84 18
Ryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Lilbronn added Ryan Adams Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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80 13
John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added John Hiatt Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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41 3
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Alison Krauss Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

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81 20
James McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
James McMurtry Americana, Rock music, Folk rock

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56 7
Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Ry Cooder Americana, Rock music, Latin American music

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98 30
The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Civil Wars Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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69 9
Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Drive-By Truckers Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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51 5
Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Bonnie Raitt Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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71 16
Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Patty Griffin Americana, Folk music, Folk rock

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50 5
Robert Earl Keen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Robert Earl Keen Outlaw country, Americana, Folk music

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64 10
Justin Townes Earle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Justin Townes Earle Americana, Folk music, Country

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23 1
Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
bcook added Chris Stapleton Bluegrass, Country, Southern rock

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77 12
Hayes Carll is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time

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72 13
Ryan Bingham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Ryan Bingham Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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47 5
Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Gram Parsons Rock music, Country rock, Country

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75 23
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
josephaldenmoore added Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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24 1
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Seamus Hanrahan added Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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50 9
Uncle Tupelo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Uncle Tupelo Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock

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53 11
Buddy Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
bamjuggler added Buddy Miller Americana, Country

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49 8
Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Jayhawks Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock

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42 6
Whiskeytown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Whiskeytown Alternative country, Country

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56 9
Delbert McClinton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Delbert McClinton Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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37 10
Todd Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
john-baggett added Todd Snider Americana, Folk rock, Alternative country

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40 8
Ray Wylie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Ray Wylie Hubbard Folk music, Country, Cowpunk

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92 30
The Lumineers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
The Lumineers Americana, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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49 10
T-Bone Burnett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
T-Bone Burnett Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll

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35 5
Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Woody Guthrie Folk music, Country

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49 8
Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Levon Helm Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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52 14
Dave Alvin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Dave Alvin Rockabilly, Folk music, Alternative country

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34 5
Joe Ely is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Joe Ely Outlaw country, Americana, Heartland rock