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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398 112
The Band is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
2
233 36
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana
3
214 38
Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Folk music, Country
4
292 54
Jason Isbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country
5
279 76
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
josephaldenmoore added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
6
223 44
John Prine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Folk music, Progressive bluegrass, Country
7
251 67
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock
8
181 33
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
9
207 37
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
164 48
Wilco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Tata14 added Rock music, Experimental rock, Folk rock
11
288 81
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
221 69
Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
13
173 48
Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
American Primitivism, Americana, Rock music
14
115 18
Guy Clark is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Folk music, Country
15
210 56
Old Crow Medicine Show is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Old-time music
16
178 28
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop
17
169 26
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
bcook added Americana, Alternative country, Roots rock
18
119 14
Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Christian music, Folk music, Progressive bluegrass
19
184 52
Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge
20
140 25
John Hiatt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
21
145 35
Son Volt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Folk rock, Alternative country, Country
22
104 18
Uncle Tupelo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Rock music, Country rock, Alternative rock
23
102 18
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
100 18
Jayhawks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
passionsears added Alternative rock, Alternative country, Psychedelic rock
25
125 31
James McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Americana Bands & Artists of All Time
Americana, Rock music, Folk rock