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. (348 items)
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366 102
The Band is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

2
252 61
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
josephaldenmoore added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

3
204 30
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

4
190 34
Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

5
198 38
John Prine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country

6
247 46
Jason Isbell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

7
164 28
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

8
228 62
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

9
186 32
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
josephaldenmoore added Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

10
204 60
Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

11
257 75
The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

12
162 47
Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music

13
146 21
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
bcook added

14
172 44
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge

15
146 42
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Tata14 added Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock

16
102 11
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass

17
150 23
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

18
185 52
Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Old-time music

19
134 30
Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Folk rock, Alternative country, Country

20
98 16
Guy Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

21
89 14
Uncle Tupelo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock

22
124 24
John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

23
90 16
The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Country rock, Country

24
113 27
Ryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Lilbronn added Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

25
114 29
James McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Rock music, Folk rock