Country Music The Best Bluegrass Songs of All Time  

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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.

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The quintessential bluegrass instrumental track.
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108 32
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A bluegrass classic that was re-introduced to the public in the film "O Brother Where Art Thou"
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138 49
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A song that recalls a southern paradaise it is now the university of Tennesse's fight song.
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Famous bluegrass tune once covered by Elvis Presley.
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86 27
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Taken from a similarly name spiritual, The Careter Family rewrote their own version
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74 21
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A quintessential tune for fiddlers, this song was once covered by Jonny Cash as well.
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103 39
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Best performed by Emerson and Waldron
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53 11
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A fast-played bluegrass classic
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50 15
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Best performed by the Lily Borthers.
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63 25
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Best performed by Claire Lynch
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43 11
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A bluegrass song from the 1800s about traveling through life.
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62 25
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Best performed by Tony
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40 10
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The song made infamous by the film "Deliverance" 
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27 4
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41 16
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Best perfromed by Mac Wiseman
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31 11
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Classic Bill Monroe song from 1946
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25 7
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Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys
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28 11
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Blue grass tune that became popular as the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies.
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22 7
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A classic nostalgic tune from The Carter Family.
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23 10
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Best performed by Smiley Hobbs
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32 19
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Best performed by The Country Gentlemen
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18 7
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Best performed by the Lonesome River Band
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18 7
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Originally recorded by the Carver Boys under a slightly different title this song was then popularized by Bill Monroe in the '40s
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18 8
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Best performed by the Stanley Brothers
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Best performed by the Seldom Scene