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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219 65
Buckwheat Zydeco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Rhythm and blues, Country, Zydeco

2
154 36
Clifton Chenier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Creole music, Cajun music, Swamp blues

3
331 117
Chris Ardoin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

4
177 56
Keith Frank is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
JohnComeaux added

5
131 38
Boozoo Chavis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

6
161 57
Geno Delafose is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

7
120 49
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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24 2
Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
BigChief added Zydeco, Blues -

The King of the New Zydeco Dynasty

9
69 22
Lil' Nathan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
CharlesWebb added

10
82 31
C.J. Chenier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues

11
104 51
Wayne Toups is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Americana, Folk music, Cajun music

12
62 22
Bernie Alan is listed (or ranked) 12 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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63 31
Rosie Ledet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Zydeco

14
53 25
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
41 16
Andrus Espre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

16
51 25
Terrance Simien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Americana, Creole music, Traditional music

17
43 19
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco E... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time

18
47 25
Chubby Carrier and The Bayou S... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time

19
38 20
Queen Ida is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

20
51 32
Beausoleil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Zydeco

21
30 17
Alton Rubin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

22
24 12
Rockin dopsie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
mcat150 added

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38 29
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
19 13
Canray Fontenot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Creole music, Cajun music, Zydeco

25
18 17
Roy Carrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

26
17 18
Lynn August is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Rock and roll, Jazz

27
19 23
Michael Doucet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Cajun music, Zydeco

28
7 12
Sunpie Barnes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
BruceSunpieBarnes added

29
6 15
D'Jalma Garnier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Creole music, Zydeco

30
11 23
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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7 18
L'Angélus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Cajun music, Rhythm and blues

32
6 17
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 16
Danny Barker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Jazz, Blues, Zydeco

34
13 27
Donna the Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Folk rock, Reggae, Country rock

35
5 19
Sunny Weather is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Indie pop, Americana, Indie

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3 16
Christian Dozzler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Boogie-woogie, Blues, Zydeco

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3 19
Tye North is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Zydeco

38
0 10
Ernest James Zydeco is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Zydeco Bands/Artists of All Time
Ernest James added