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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A song that recalls a southern paradaise it is now the university of Tennesse's fight song.

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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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Best performed by Emerson and Waldron

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Famous bluegrass tune once covered by Elvis Presley.

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Taken from a similarly name spiritual, The Careter Family rewrote their own version

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A quintessential tune for fiddlers, this song was once covered by Jonny Cash as well.

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A bluegrass song from the 1800s about traveling through life.

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A fast-played bluegrass classic

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Best performed by Claire Lynch

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Best performed by the Lily Borthers.

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Best performed by Tony

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Best perfromed by Mac Wiseman

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The song made infamous by the film "Deliverance" 

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Best performed by The Country Gentlemen

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Classic Bill Monroe song from 1946

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Best performed by the Seldom Scene

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Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys - popular bluegrass song written by

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Best performed by Smiley Hobbs

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Blue grass tune that became popular as the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies.

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A classic nostalgic tune from The Carter Family.

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Best performed by the Lonesome River Band

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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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Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys - A lonesome tune of longing this bluegrass tune is an undeniable classic.

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Best performed by Dave Evans

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best performed by The Lost & Found

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A popular bluegrass song from Oral traditions popularized in Minstrel shows.

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Best performed by the Stanley Brothers

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Another great Stanley Brothers bluegreass tune

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A song from Will S. Hays popularized in old time monstrel shows.

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Best performed by Don Reno

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Another bluegrass classic by The Stanley Brothers or Ricky Skaggs.

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Another popular Bill Monroe song that was once covered and recorded by Elvis

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An extremely old bluegrass fiddle tune

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A popular song from Springtown, Tennessee written by local George Johnson for his love, Maggie.

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Best performed by Del McCoury

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Best performed by the Southern Mountain Boys

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Best perfromed by Happy Smith

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5 3
I Don't Believe You've Met My ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bluegrass Songs of All Time
Raincheck added Dolly Parton - #1 Hit song of The Louvin Brothers— A country dream-story in Bluegrass song.

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Best performed by The Boys from Indiana

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Original catchy Alan Jackson bluegrass tune

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Best performed by Ralkph Stanley

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Popular bluegrass song written by Charlie Louvin about a farm boy's broken heart

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Another popular fiddler's tune from Appalachia

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A popular bluegrass tune from the 1800s that was originally of irish or british origin.

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A Steve Martin bluegrass tune that pays homage to its history of humor and a capella singing

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An old bluegrass tune from the Pacific Northwest (likely Washington)