Bands/Musicians The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time  

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While there is no shortage of good zydeco artists, some are just better than all the rest. This list is designed to let the fans of zydeco separate the absolute best zydeco bands and artists from the pack. Zydeco blends blues, jazz, and R&B with an unmistakeable Creole flavor. Characterized by instruments like accordion and washboard, zydeco is an integral part of New Orleans and American music. Buckwheat Zydeco and Boozoo Chavis are classic examples of the genre, but are they the top zydeco artists of all time? 

This list of the top zydeco bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Zydeco groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. These are truly the greatest zydeco bands of all time, since the most famous zydeco artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best zydeco music.

Malcolm John Rebennack, Jr. and Donna the Buffalo are a great starting point for your to rank your zydeco favorites on this list Decide whicih ones are the top artists by voting for your favorites. Show some love to your favorites like Danny Barker or Brave Combo.

All important, significant, and top names in zydeco music history deserve your votes, so make your votes count.

This list answers the questions "who are the best zydeco bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest zydeco musician ever?" It also includes classic and new zydeco bands. 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 zydeco, as well as a good place to start if you want to dive into the rich pool of zydeco music. Look near the top of the list for the best examples of good zydeco bands to start out with. 

Whether you’re a zydeco aficionado or a new fan of that zydeco New Orleans sound, please vote for the best zydeco artists - not just the most best known bands that you never actually listened to. 

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Chris Ardoin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

2
171 45
Keith Frank is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JohnComeaux added

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197 60
Buckwheat Zydeco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Rhythm and blues, Country, Zydeco

4
127 30
Clifton Chenier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Creole music, Cajun music, Swamp blues

5
155 48
Geno Delafose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

6
117 33
Boozoo Chavis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

7
118 39
J Paul, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JohnComeaux added

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60 10
Bernie Alan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Nurface1972 added

Zydeco, Cajun, Country, Swamp Pop, Southern Rock.

Bernie Alan is one of Louisiana's best kept secrets. Best known for his hit single Big Ol' Frog, Bernie Alan has been entertaining for over 18 years. Bernie is a regular at the Coushatta Casino Resort located in Kinder, Louisiana which is also where Bernie lives. He is about to release his fifth album. Bernie and his band travel all over Louisiana and Texas entertaining with a unique mixture of Cajun, Country, Zydeco,  Southern rock and Swamp pop. They draw large crowds of people wanting to dance to some amazing music. Learn more about Bernie and his band by visiting his website at http://www.BernieAlan.com 

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58 13
Lil' Nathan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
CharlesWebb added

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98 40
Wayne Toups is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Cajun music

11
65 22
C.J. Chenier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues

12
59 23
Rosie Ledet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Zydeco

13
42 15
Chubby Carrier and The Bayou S... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time

14
44 17
Rockin' Sidney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

15
36 11
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco E... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time

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33 9
Andrus Espre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

17
43 18
Terrance Simien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Americana, Creole music, Traditional music

18
48 23
Beausoleil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Zydeco

19
34 13
Queen Ida is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

20
37 17
Wayne Same Ol 2 Step is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JamesHalphen added Zydeco

21
14 5
Canray Fontenot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Creole music, Cajun music, Zydeco

22
18 11
Alton Rubin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

23
14 8
Roy Carrier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

24
12 10
Lynn August is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Rock and roll, Jazz

25
7 5
Rockin dopsie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
mcat150 added

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15 15
Michael Doucet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Zydeco

27
13 13
Donna the Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Folk rock, Reggae, Country rock

28
7 8
L'Angélus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Cajun music, Rhythm and blues

29
5 6
Sunpie Barnes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
BruceSunpieBarnes added

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10 12
The Subdudes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Southern soul, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Americana

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5 7
Danny Barker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Jazz, Blues, Zydeco

32
5 8
C.C. Adcock is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Folk rock, Electric blues

33
5 8
Sunny Weather is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Indie pop, Americana, Indie

34
4 7
D'Jalma Garnier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Creole music, Zydeco

35
3 6
Christian Dozzler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Boogie-woogie, Blues, Zydeco

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3 9
Tye North is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco