100 Greatest Americana Albums

 1. American Music – The Blasters
2. Rear View Mirror – Townes Van Zandt
3. Honky Tonk Masquerade – Joe Ely
4. The Gilded Palace of Sin – The Flying Burrito Brothers
5. Pieces of The Sky – Emmylou Harris
6. Old #1 – Guy Clark
7. Trace – Son Volt
8. Into The Purple Valley – Ry Cooder
9. John Prine – John Prine
10. Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons
11. Bring The Family – John Hiatt
12. Eats Away The Night – Butch Hancock
13. Train a Comin’ – Steve Earle
14. Car Wheels On a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
15. Whiskey Before Breakfast – Norman Blake
16. More a Legend Than a Band – The Flatlanders
17. Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This – Rodney Crowell
18. Lost In The Ozone – Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
19. No Depression – Uncle Tupelo
20. Stangers Almanac – Whiskeytown
21. Blackjack David – Dave Alvin
22. Sundown – Rank & File
23. Essence – Lucinda Williams
24. Washington County – Arlo Guthrie
25. Aereo Plain – John Hartford
26. Hollywood Town Hall – The Jayhawks
27. Champagne Charlie – Leon Redbone
28. Living With Ghosts – Patty Griffen
29. Anodyne – Uncle Tupelo
30. El Corazon – Steve Earle
31. Paradise and Lunch – Ry Cooder
32. The Last of The True Believers – Nanci Griffith
33. Lone Justice – Lone Justice
34. Musta Notta Gotta Lotta – Joe Ely
35. California Bloodlines – John Stewart
36. Pancho and Lefty – Townes Van Zandt
37. Spinning Round The Sun – Jimmie Dale Gilmore
38. Third Down, 110 To Go – Jesse Winchester
39. Tangled In The Pines – BR5-49
40. The Fantastic Expedition – Dilliard & Clark
41. Pretty Close To The Truth – Jim Lauderdale
42. Stray Cats – The Stray Cats
43. Uncle Charley & His Dog Teddy – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
44. Still Feel Gone – Uncle Tupelo
45. Sings Like Hell – Peter Case
46. J.D. Crowe & The New South – J.D. Crowe
47. The Doug Sahm Band – Doug Sahm
48. Ashgrove – Dave Alvin
49. The Dark – Guy Clark
50. The Road To Ensenada – Lyle Lovett
51. A.M. – Wilco
52. Guitar Town – Steve Earle
53. The Tractors – The Tractors
54. Native Sons – The Long Ryders
55. Workingman’s Dead – Grateful Dead
56. Key Lime Pie – Camper Van Beethoven
57. Last Chance – Chip Taylor
58. Five Days In July – Blue Rodeo
59. Non Fiction – The Blasters
60. White Light – Gene Clark
61. American Beauty – Grateful Dead
62. Boomer’s Story – Ry Cooder
63. Steve Goodman – Steve Goodman
64. Hardline – The Blasters
65. Kerosene Hat – Cracker
66. The Dirty South – Drive By Truckers
67. Driftin’ Way of Life – Jerry Jeff Walker
68. Pontiac – Lyle Lovett
69. New Riders of The Purple Sage – New Riders of The Purple Sage
70. Wide Swing Tremelo – Son Volt
71. Pickin’ On Nashville – The Kentucky Headhunters
72. Good Times – Charlie Robison
73. Heartbreaker – Ryan Adams
74. Kingfish – Kingfish
75. Snake Farm – Ray Wylie Hubbard
76. Buddy & Julie – Miller Buddy & Julie Miller
77. Bradley’s Barn – The Beau Brummels
78. Big Backyard Beat Show – BR5-49
79. No Other – Gene Clark
80. The Notorious Cherry Bombs – Rodney Crowell
81. Somebody Else’s Troubles – Steve Goodman
82. Electric Blue Watermelon – The North Mississippi All-Stars
83. Bombs Away Dream Babies – John Stewart
84. Burrito Deluxe – The Flying Burrito Brothers
85. Storms – Nanci Griffith
86. The Desert Rose Band – The Desert Rose Band
87. Okemah & The Melody of Riot – Son Volt
88. Lost Together – Blue Rodeo
89. Revival – Gillian Welch
90. Second Thoughts – McKendree Spring
91. Healing Bones – Jules Shear
92. Honeysuckle Dog – Chris Smither
93. Hoboes Lullaby – Arlo Guthrie
94. Nothing But a Breeze – Jesse Winchester
95. Stacked Deck – The Amazing Rhythm Aces
96. Full Service, No Waiting – Peter Case
97. Full Western Dress – The Derailers
98. It Aint Easy – Chris Smither
99. Copperopolis – Grant Lee Buffalo
100. Weird Tales – Golden Smog

Americana is a subset of American roots music, perhaps best defined as “classic American music”
ranging in style from & including elements of folk, country blues, bluegrass, alternative country,
rockabilly, neo traditional & roots rock. These albums were chosen for best identifying,
inspiring & encapsulating the heart of tradition and the American experience.
As with all lists this is a subjective list & makes no claim of an official nature.

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