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The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists  

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]Roots rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good roots rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top roots rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Roots rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all roots rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest roots rock bands of all time, since the most famous roots rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best roots rock music.

You can click on the roots rock band names to see more information about that particular notable roots rock group. If they're near the top of the best roots rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top roots rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the roots rock band names themselves.

These artists, like Bruce Springsteen and Lynyrd Skynyrd include images when available. Downvote the worst ones and upvote the best ones to see only the greatest artists at the top of this list. The list has artists like The Allman Brothers Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival so that you have plenty of stuff to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in roots rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new roots rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of roots rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into roots rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good roots rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent roots rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best roots rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest roots rock 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 roots rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
2
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
3
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop
4
The Band is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
5
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
7
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop
8
John Mellencamp is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
9
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk
10
Bob Seger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Blue-eyed soul, Heartland rock, Rock music
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Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Rock music, Latin American music
12
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock
13
The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass
14
Los Lobos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Chicano rock, Heartland rock
15
Creedence Clearwater Revisited is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Swamp pop, Rock music, Swamp rock
16
Dave Alvin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Rockabilly, Folk music, Alternative country
17
T-Bone Burnett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Rock music, Rock and roll
18
Delbert McClinton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
19
Dave Matthews Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Rock music, World music, Acoustic music
20
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
21
The J. Geils Band is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
MichaelHotovy added Blues-rock, New Wave, Rock music
22
Ryan Bingham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Americana, Rock music, Folk music
23
Counting Crows is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Folk rock
24
Old 97's is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
Country rock, Alternative country, Country
25
Southside Johnny & The Asbury ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roots Rock Bands/Artists
MichaelHotovy added Blue-eyed soul, Rock music, Blues