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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
Chris Ardoin Zydeco

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80 12
Clifton Chenier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Clifton Chenier Creole music, Cajun music, Swamp blues

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133 35
Buckwheat Zydeco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Buckwheat Zydeco Rhythm and blues, Country, Zydeco

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113 27
Keith Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JohnComeaux added Keith Frank

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124 33
Geno Delafose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Geno Delafose Zydeco

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87 19
Boozoo Chavis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Boozoo Chavis Zydeco

7
92 22
J Paul, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JohnComeaux added J Paul, Jr.

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69 24
Wayne Toups is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Wayne Toups Americana, Folk music, Cajun music

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51 17
C.J. Chenier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
C.J. Chenier Cajun music, Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues

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32 5
Lil' Nathan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
CharlesWebb added Lil' Nathan

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44 14
Rosie Ledet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Rosie Ledet Cajun music, Zydeco

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35 11
Rockin' Sidney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Rockin' Sidney Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues, Soul music

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29 8
Chubby Carrier and The Bayou S... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time

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36 15
Beausoleil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Beausoleil Cajun music, Zydeco

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24 6
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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Terrance Simien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Terrance Simien Americana, Creole music, Traditional music

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24 6
Andrus Espre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Andrus Espre Zydeco

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29 12
Wayne Same Ol 2 Step is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JamesHalphen added Wayne Same Ol 2 Step Zydeco

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26 10
Queen Ida is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Queen Ida Zydeco

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15 8
Alton Rubin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Alton Rubin Zydeco

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10 4
Canray Fontenot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Canray Fontenot Creole music, Cajun music, Zydeco

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10 4
Roy Carrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Roy Carrier Zydeco

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12 6
Donna the Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Donna the Buffalo Folk rock, Reggae, Country rock

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Michael Doucet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Michael Doucet Cajun music, Zydeco

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11 7
Lynn August is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Lynn August Swamp pop, Rock and roll, Jazz

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9 8
The Subdudes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
The Subdudes Southern soul, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Americana

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5 5
C.C. Adcock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
C.C. Adcock Swamp pop, Folk rock, Electric blues

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4 6
Danny Barker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Danny Barker Jazz, Blues, Zydeco

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4 6
Sunny Weather is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Sunny Weather Indie pop, Americana, Indie

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3 5
Christian Dozzler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Christian Dozzler Boogie-woogie, Blues, Zydeco

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3 5
Sunpie Barnes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
BruceSunpieBarnes added Sunpie Barnes

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4 7
L'Angélus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
L'Angélus Swamp pop, Cajun music, Rhythm and blues

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2 5
D'Jalma Garnier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
D'Jalma Garnier Creole music, Zydeco

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2 7
Tye North is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Tye North Zydeco

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1 12
Brave Combo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Brave Combo Indie pop, Worldbeat, Ska