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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. (331 items)
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The Band is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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John Prine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Wilco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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James McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Guy Clark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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The Flying Burrito Broth... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Uncle Tupelo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Ryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Patty Griffin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Woody Guthrie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
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Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time