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. (75 items)
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612 141
Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

2
492 148
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

3
578 205
Phish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion

4
264 150
Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock

5
310 145
The String Cheese Incident is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band

6
334 178
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

7
301 146
Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

8
201 122
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music

9
81 37
Santana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jam Bands
waxman added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music

10
245 135
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

11
263 177
moe. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertoCastrejón added Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

12
150 84
Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Jam band

13
142 73
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
121 85
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

15
233 156
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music

16
47 12
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
136 80
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

18
163 108
Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jam Bands

19
101 71
Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk music, Reggae

20
103 65
The Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

21
95 67
Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass

22
104 73
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
116 74
STS9 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Electronic music, Instrumental rock

24
109 73
Medeski Martin & Wood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Avant-garde jazz, Jazz-funk, Acid jazz

25
104 69
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Pop music, Jazz fusion, Progressive bluegrass