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Since the 1960s, jambands have been wildly popular. Known for spacey, extended jams and solos, the best jam bands have developed strong, devoted followings over the years. The top jam bands' concerts have become events unto themselves with fans often times camping out and traveling all over to hear a live show. These sets generally vary from night to night, giving fans a different experience. While jam bands never sold too well, their live shows are stuff of legend. Today, jam band not only includes the psychedelic bands who were initially labeled as this, but also folk rock, electronic music, world music, and jazz fusion.

So, what are the best jam bands? For starters, any list has to include the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Phish, Gov't Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood and over time, the Black Crowes. These bands are widely known for allowing their concerts to be taped and circulated among their fans. Additionally, as time has worn on, the best jam bands have been influenced by others outside of the stringent jam band label. The party atmosphere and improvisational nature of this style of music has allowed to endure and grow over the years.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best jam bands. If you notice a band that isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best jam band bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest jam band 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 jam band bands that you might've heard of. (69 items)
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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Grateful Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

2
407 116
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jam Bands
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
483 171
Phish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Phish Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

4
292 146
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Widespread Panic Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

5
205 119
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Pink Floyd Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

6
234 143
moe. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertoCastrejón added moe. Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

7
264 121
The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jam Bands
The String Cheese Incident Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

8
256 120
Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Umphrey’s McGee Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

9
214 117
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Gov't Mule Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

10
49 20
Santana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jam Bands
waxman added Santana Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

11
160 106
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Led Zeppelin Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

12
129 72
Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Phil Lesh and Friends Rock music, Folk rock, Jam band

13
110 58
Tedeschi Trucks Band is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jam Bands
aaron-dicker added Tedeschi Trucks Band Blues-rock, Rock music, Soul music

14
194 127
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dave Matthews Band Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

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142 91
Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jam Bands

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96 74
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added The Black Crowes Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

17
112 70
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Little Feat Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

18
92 59
Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Keller Williams Rock music, Folk music, Reggae

19
91 63
Robert Randolph & The Family B... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Robert Randolph & The Family Band Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Jam band

20
81 54
Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Railroad Earth Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass

21
98 61
Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Medeski Martin & Wood Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

The Best Jam Albums of All Time

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80 60
The Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jam Bands
The Dead Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

23
100 64
STS9 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jam Bands
STS9 Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

24
49 38
Oysterhead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MichaelLankford added Oysterhead Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

25
91 57
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

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99 65
Disco Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Disco Biscuits Dubstep, Dance-punk, Rock music

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93 60
Dark Star Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dark Star Orchestra Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

28
93 60
My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jam Bands
My Morning Jacket Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

The Best Pearl Jam Albums of All Time

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20 5
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jam Bands
BaruchLalaev added The Jimi Hendrix Experience Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

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80 64
Ratdog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Ratdog Rock music, Jam band

31
43 18
Aqueous is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dustin Staires added Aqueous

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96 67
Lotus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Lotus Rock music, Electronic music, Jam band

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70 44
North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jam Bands
North Mississippi Allstars Blues-rock, Jam band, Southern rock

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35 22
Dopapod is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jam Bands
toddone added Dopapod

35
22 10
Hot Tuna is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Miles Okeefe added Hot Tuna Rock music, Acoustic music, Blues

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38 27
Green Sky Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jam Bands
incaroads added Green Sky Bluegrass

37
56 55
Rusted Root is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rusted Root Rock music, Alternative rock, Jam band

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56 51
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Steely Dan Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

39
41 38
Colonel Claypool's Bucket of B... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains Rock music, Experimental rock, Jam band

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22 17
Rush is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Bob Satchwill added Rush

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29 34
Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Trampled By Turtles Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk

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42 46
Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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16 7
Perpetual Groove is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Justin Sweeney added Perpetual Groove Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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18 20
Max Creek is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jam Bands
toddone added Max Creek Rock music

45
54 65
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Zac Brown Band Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

46
46 56
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jam band

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18 23
Infamous Stringdusters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jam Bands
incaroads added Infamous Stringdusters Folk music, Jam band, Bluegrass

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39 39
Karl Denson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Karl Denson Jazz, Jam band, Funk

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10 7
Donna the Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Steve Payne added Donna the Buffalo Folk rock, Reggae, Country rock

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36 39
Strangefolk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Strangefolk Rock music, Folk music, Jazz