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The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time 

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Updated February 27, 2020 3.7k votes 1.4k voters 146.2k views 39 items

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
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Buckwheat Zydeco is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Keith Frank is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Clifton Chenier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Geno Delafose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Boozoo Chavis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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J Paul, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Wayne Toups is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Lil' Nathan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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C.J. Chenier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Rosie Ledet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Bernie Alan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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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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Rockin' Sidney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Chubby Carrier and The B... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Beausoleil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Terrance Simien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Andrus Espre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Terrance Simien & Th... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Nathan & The Zydeco ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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The King of the New Zydeco Dynasty

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Check Out The Zydeco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Rockin dopsie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Queen Ida is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Wayne Same Ol 2 Step is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Zydeco
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Alton Rubin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
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Canray Fontenot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time