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. (76 items)
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662 145
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
2
615 216
Phish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion
3
522 161
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
4
282 173
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
5
360 187
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion
6
331 155
The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band
7
320 152
Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock
8
220 135
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
9
272 138
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
10
286 179
moe. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertoCastrejón added Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock
11
91 47
Santana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jam Bands
waxman added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music
12
165 79
Tedeschi Trucks Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jam Bands
aaron-dicker added Blues-rock, Rock music, Soul music
13
163 91
Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Jam band
14
255 161
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music
15
128 91
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
16
59 19
The Jimi Hendrix Experience is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jam Bands
BaruchLalaev added Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
17
148 85
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk
18
176 113
Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jam Bands
19
108 68
Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass
20
114 68
The Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
21
108 75
Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk music, Reggae
22
110 76
Robert Randolph & The Family B... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Jam band
23
122 80
STS9 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock
24
114 73
Dark Star Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock
25
110 72
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass