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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164 38
Clifton Chenier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Creole music, Cajun music, Swamp blues

2
350 121
Chris Ardoin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

3
232 70
Buckwheat Zydeco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Rhythm and blues, Country, Zydeco

4
193 60
Keith Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JohnComeaux added

5
136 39
Boozoo Chavis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

6
165 58
Geno Delafose is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

7
129 50
J Paul, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JohnComeaux added

8
77 23
Lil' Nathan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
CharlesWebb added

9
83 31
C.J. Chenier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues

10
29 3
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
BigChief added Zydeco, Blues

The King of the New Zydeco Dynasty

11
65 25
Bernie Alan is listed (or ranked) 11 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 

12
104 53
Wayne Toups is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Cajun music

13
67 32
Rosie Ledet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Zydeco

14
55 26
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
42 17
Andrus Espre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

16
52 26
Terrance Simien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Americana, Creole music, Traditional music

17
44 20
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco E... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time

18
50 26
Chubby Carrier and The Bayou S... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time

19
53 33
Beausoleil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Zydeco

20
30 13
Rockin dopsie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
mcat150 added

21
39 22
Queen Ida is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

22
32 18
Alton Rubin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

23
41 30
Wayne Same Ol 2 Step is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JamesHalphen added
Zydeco

24
20 14
Canray Fontenot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Creole music, Cajun music, Zydeco

25
19 18
Roy Carrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco