Bands/Musicians The Best Jam Bands  

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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. (73 items)
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567 131
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

2
449 133
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
530 191
Phish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

4
231 137
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
309 167
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

6
283 131
Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

7
287 137
The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

8
249 167
moe. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertoCastrejón added Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

9
231 127
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

10
67 31
Santana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jam Bands
waxman added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

11
182 117
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

12
141 80
Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Jam band

13
126 68
Tedeschi Trucks Band is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jam Bands
aaron-dicker added Blues-rock, Rock music, Soul music

14
215 147
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

15
110 81
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

16
155 102
Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jam Bands

17
123 78
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

18
99 66
Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk music, Reggae

19
99 69
Robert Randolph & The Family B... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Jam band

20
93 64
The Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21
90 62
Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass

22
31 11
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jam Bands
BaruchLalaev added Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music

23
106 67
Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

24
108 70
STS9 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

25
109 71
Disco Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dubstep, Dance-punk, Rock music

26
100 64
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

27
54 44
Oysterhead is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MichaelLankford added Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

28
99 67
Dark Star Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

29
76 46
North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Jam band, Southern rock

30
84 69
Ratdog is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band

31
64 59
Rusted Root is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Alternative rock, Jam band

32
100 72
Lotus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, Jam band

33
97 70
My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

34
47 23
Aqueous is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dustin Staires added

35
65 58
Steely Dan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Rock music, Jazz fusion, Rhythm and blues

36
26 16
Hot Tuna is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Miles Okeefe added Rock music, Acoustic music, Blues

37
36 27
Dopapod is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jam Bands
toddone added

38
33 24
Rush is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Bob Satchwill added

39
41 33
Green Sky Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jam Bands
incaroads added

40
46 42
Colonel Claypool's Bucket of B... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Jam band

41
61 67
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

42
30 39
Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk

43
45 51
Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

44
20 11
Perpetual Groove is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Justin Sweeney added Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

45
46 42
Karl Denson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Jazz, Jam band, Funk

46
20 23
Max Creek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jam Bands
toddone added Rock music

47
21 26
Infamous Stringdusters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jam Bands
incaroads added Folk music, Jam band, Bluegrass

48
49 61
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jam band

49
9 2
Primus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jam Bands
dan808 added Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

50
13 9
Donna the Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Steve Payne added Folk rock, Reggae, Country rock