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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577 134
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

2
459 138
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
538 195
Phish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

4
236 139
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
313 170
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

6
291 138
The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

7
285 135
Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

8
251 169
moe. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertoCastrejón added Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

9
68 32
Santana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jam Bands
waxman added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

10
232 130
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

11
186 117
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

12
143 80
Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Jam band

13
129 69
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
114 81
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

15
218 149
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

16
157 103
Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jam Bands

17
125 79
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

18
99 67
Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk music, Reggae

19
95 64
The Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

20
100 69
Robert Randolph & The Family B... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Jam band

21
91 62
Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass

22
34 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
111 70
STS9 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

24
107 68
Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

25
109 72
Disco Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dubstep, Dance-punk, Rock music

26
100 65
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass

27
101 67
Dark Star Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

28
54 45
Oysterhead is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MichaelLankford added Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

29
84 70
Ratdog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band

30
76 47
North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Jam band, Southern rock

31
101 72
Lotus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, Jam band

32
64 60
Rusted Root is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Alternative rock, Jam band

33
99 71
My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

34
44 33
Green Sky Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jam Bands
incaroads added

35
66 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
47 25
Aqueous is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Dustin Staires added

37
26 17
Hot Tuna is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Miles Okeefe added Rock music, Acoustic music, Blues

38
36 28
Dopapod is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jam Bands
toddone added

39
33 25
Rush is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Bob Satchwill added

40
47 43
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
63 68
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

42
31 40
Trampled By Turtles is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Bluegrass, Alternative country, Indie folk

43
46 51
Ben Harper is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

44
47 42
Karl Denson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Jazz, Jam band, Funk

45
20 12
Perpetual Groove is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Justin Sweeney added Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

46
20 24
Max Creek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Jam Bands
toddone added Rock music

47
50 62
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jazz fusion, Jam band

48
11 3
Primus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Jam Bands
dan808 added Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

49
21 27
Infamous Stringdusters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Jam Bands
incaroads added Folk music, Jam band, Bluegrass

50
40 43
Strangefolk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk music, Jazz