country music The Best Bluegrass Songs of All Time  

Ranker Music
1.2k votes 470 voters 30.8k views 51 items

List Rules Upvote your favorite bluegrass songs and downvote the ones you don't like so much.

Bluegrass is an American roots music that is a subset of country music. With roots primarily in Appalachia, this style dates back to the 1800s, with many of the songs being used for Minstrel shows and often referred to as a mix between blues and jazz music. It reflects the hardships of living in rural Appalachia and the everyday life people live there. 

Many of these songs are just a snippet of amazing bluegrass albums by amazing artists, so be sure to check out the greatest bluegrass albums as well.
 

What are the best bluegrass songs of all time? It's time to decide. This list is votable and rerankable. Vote up the greatest bluegrass songs, and feel free to add any that you don't already see on here.

list ordered by

1
100 32
Ranker Video
Foggy Mountain Breakdown The quintessential bluegrass instrumental track.

2
72 23
Ranker Video
Rocky Top A song that recalls a southern paradaise it is now the university of Tennesse's fight song.

3
59 22
Ranker Video
Fox On the Run Best performed by Emerson and Waldron

4
45 13
Ranker Video
Can the Circle Be Unbroken Taken from a similarly name spiritual, The Careter Family rewrote their own version

5
49 19
Ranker Video
Blue Moon of Kentucky Famous bluegrass tune once covered by Elvis Presley.

6
36 12
Ranker Video
Man of Constant Sorrow A bluegrass classic that was re-introduced to the public in the film "O Brother Where Art Thou"

7
33 10
Ranker Video
Orange Blossom Special A quintessential tune for fiddlers, this song was once covered by Jonny Cash as well.

8
40 16
Ranker Video
Wabash Cannonball Best performed by Claire Lynch

9
38 18
Ranker Video
Nine Pound Hammer Best performed by Tony

10
28 10
Ranker Video
John Henry Best performed by the Lily Borthers.

11
19 7
Ranker Video
Feudin’ Banjos The song made infamous by the film "Deliverance" 

12
23 11
Ranker Video
Footprints in the Snow Best perfromed by Mac Wiseman

13
18 7
Ranker Video
Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms A fast-played bluegrass classic

14
24 13
Ranker Video
Bringing Mary Home Best performed by The Country Gentlemen

Celebrities You Might Not Know Are Siblings

15
13 3
Ranker Video

16
14 4
Ranker Video
The Ballad of Jed Clampett Blue grass tune that became popular as the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies.

17
18 8
Ranker Video
Kentucky Waltz Classic Bill Monroe song from 1946

18
13 4
Ranker Video
Wayfaring Stranger A bluegrass song from the 1800s about traveling through life.

19
16 7
Ranker Video
Darling Corey Best performed by the Seldom Scene

20
10 3
Ranker Video
I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home A classic nostalgic tune from The Carter Family.

21
11 4
Ranker Video
Old Dan Tucker A popular bluegrass song from Oral traditions popularized in Minstrel shows.

The Best Songs Feat. Carrie Underwood

22
12 5
Ranker Video
I Wonder Where You Are Tonight Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys - A lonesome tune of longing this bluegrass tune is an undeniable classic.

23
10 4
Ranker Video
Fireball Mail Best performed by the Lonesome River Band

24
11 5
Ranker Video
Down in the Willow Garden Best performed by Dave Evans

25
11 5
Ranker Video
Love of the Mountains best performed by The Lost & Found

26
13 7
Ranker Video
Train 45 Best performed by Smiley Hobbs

27
7 2
Ranker Video
Molly and Tenbrooks Originally recorded by the Carver Boys under a slightly different title this song was then popularized by Bill Monroe in the '40s

28
9 4
Ranker Video
The Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane A song from Will S. Hays popularized in old time monstrel shows.

The Best Country Albums of 2018

29
9 4
Ranker Video
Appalachian Mountain Girl Original catchy Alan Jackson bluegrass tune

30
8 3
Ranker Video
I'm Sitting on Top of the World Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys - popular bluegrass song written by

31
11 7
Ranker Video
White House Blues Best performed by Del McCoury

32
6 2
Ranker Video
Little Rosewood Casket Best performed by Don Reno

33
5 1
Ranker Video

34
9 6
Ranker Video
Pig in a Pen Best performed by the Stanley Brothers

35
8 5
Ranker Video
Roving Gambler Another great Stanley Brothers bluegreass tune

The Best 3 Piece Bands Of All Time

36
6 3
Ranker Video
The Devil's Dream An extremely old bluegrass fiddle tune

37
10 8
Ranker Video
Atlanta Is Burning Best performed by The Boys from Indiana

38
7 5
Ranker Video

39
7 5
Ranker Video
The Dream of the Miner's Child Another bluegrass classic by The Stanley Brothers or Ricky Skaggs.

40
7 5
Ranker Video
Little Glass of Wine Best performed by Ralkph Stanley

41
4 2
Ranker Video
Tiny Broken Heart Popular bluegrass song written by Charlie Louvin about a farm boy's broken heart

42
4 2
I Don't Believe You've Met My ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bluegrass Songs of All Time
Raincheck added I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby Dolly Parton - #1 Hit song of The Louvin Brothers— A country dream-story in Bluegrass song.

John Paul Jones's Most Surprising Non-Led Zeppelin Musical Work

43
3 1
Ranker Video
When You and I Were Young, Maggie A popular song from Springtown, Tennessee written by local George Johnson for his love, Maggie.

44
8 7
Ranker Video
Poor Ellen Smith Best performed by the Southern Mountain Boys

45
3 2
Ranker Video
Yew Piney Mountain Another popular fiddler's tune from Appalachia

46
5 5
Ranker Video
Lonesome Road Blues Best perfromed by Happy Smith

47
2 3
Ranker Video
I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling Another popular Bill Monroe song that was once covered and recorded by Elvis

48
1 2
Ranker Video
Old Rosin the Beau A popular bluegrass tune from the 1800s that was originally of irish or british origin.

49
7 10
Ranker Video
Atheists Don’t Have No Songs A Steve Martin bluegrass tune that pays homage to its history of humor and a capella singing

50
1 4
Ranker Video
Old Settler's Song (Acres of Clams) An old bluegrass tune from the Pacific Northwest (likely Washington)