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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)
list ordered by
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Grateful Dead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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The Allman Brothers Band... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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Phish is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Neo-psychedelia, Jazz fusion
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Pink Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Rock music, Space rock, Experimental rock
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Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion
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The String Cheese Incide... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Neo-psychedelia, Progressive bluegrass, Jam band
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Santana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jam Bands
waxman added Blues-rock, Chicano rock, Rock music
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Umphrey’s McGee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock
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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertWright added Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music
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Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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moe. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jam Bands
RobertoCastrejón added Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock
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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
The Jimi Hendrix Experie... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jam Bands
BaruchLalaev added Blues-rock, Psychedelic soul, Rock music
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Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music
15
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk
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Phil Lesh and Friends is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk rock, Jam band
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The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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The Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
19
Trey Anastasio Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jam Bands
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Railroad Earth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jam Bands
MattSperls added Americana, Rock music, Progressive bluegrass
21
Keller Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Folk music, Reggae
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Robert Randolph & Th... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Jam band
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Green Sky Bluegrass is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jam Bands
incaroads added
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Dark Star Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock
25
Hot Tuna is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jam Bands
Miles Okeefe added Rock music, Acoustic music, Blues