100 Greatest Americana Songs

Criteria: These songs were chosen for best identifying, inspiring & encapsulating the heart of tradition & the American experience. As with all lists, this is a subjective list and makes no claim of an official nature.

Background: Americana is a subset of American roots music, best defined as "classic American music" ranging in style from & including elements of folk, country blues, bluegrass, alternative country, rockabilly, neo traditional & roots rock.
Greatest Americana Songs
1. American Music
The Blasters
2. Tecumseh Valley
Townes Van Zandt
3. Honky Tonk Masqueade
Joe Ely
4. City of New Orleans
Steve Goodman
5. Boulder To Birmingham
Emmylou Harris
6. Taxes On The Farmer, Feeds Us All
Ry Cooder
7. Tear Stained Eye
Son Volt
8. Hello In There
John Prine
9. Copperhead Road
Steve Earle
10. Choctaw Bingo
James McMurtry
11. Desperado's Waiting For The Train
Guy Clark
12. California Bloodlines
John Stewart
13. King of California
Dave Alvin
14. Car Wheels On a Gravel Road
Lucinda Williams
15. No Depression
Uncle Tupelo
16. Sin City
The Flying Burrito Brothers
17. Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight
Rodney Crowell
18. Memphis In The Meantime
John Hiatt
19. Purgatory Road
Ray Wylie Hubbard
20. Boomer's Story
Ry Cooder
21. Rio Grande
Dave Alvin
22. Christmas In Washington
Steve Earle
23. Mr Bojangles
Jerry Jeff Walker
24. L.A. Freeway
Guy Clark
25. Common Man
The Blasters
26. F.D.R. In Trinidad
Ry Cooder
27. Long White Cadillac
The Blasters
28. Gabriel's Mother's Hiway Ballad #16 Blues
Arlo Guthrie
29. New Madrid
Uncle Tupelo
30. We Can't Make It Here
James McMurtry
31. From A Kitchen Table
Dave Alvin
32. Eats Away The Night
Butch Hancock
33. Cooler-N-Hell
Ray Wylie Hubbard
34. The Dark
Guy Clark
35. Highway Kind
Townes Van Zandt
36. Green Blanket
Peter Case
37. The Last of The True Believers
Nanci Griffith
38. Paradise Etc
Peter Case
39. Me and Billy The Kid
Joe Ely
40. Train Leaves Here This Morning
Dilliard and Clark
41. Sundown
Rank and File
42. Brass Buttons
Gram Parsons
43. Someday
Steve Earle
44. Nine Volt Heart
Dave Alvin
45. Boxcars
Joe Ely
46. Billy The Kid
Ry Cooder
47. Concrete and Barbed Wire
Lucinda Williams
48. Musta Notta Gotta Lotta
Joe Ely
49. God's Own Jukebox
Jesse Winchester
50. Tennessee Plates
John Hiatt
51. Pancho and Lefty
Townes Van Zandt
52. Passenger Side
Wilco
53. I Am The Ride
Chris Smither
54. Windfall
Son Volt
55. Dust of The Chase
Ray Wylie Hubbard
56. Whiskey Bottle
Uncle Tupelo
57. The Pugilist at 59
Tom Russell
58. Jericho Road
Steve Earle
59. Drive South
John Hiatt
60. Take Me With You (When You Go)
The Jayhawks
61. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
62. Presidential Rag
Arlo Guthrie
63. Spell of Wheels
Peter Case
64. Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song)
Steve Earle
65. Many A Long & Lonesome Highway
Rodney Crowell
66. Trudy and Dave
John Hiatt
67. Link of Chain
Chris Smither
68. Making Pies
Patty Griffin
69. Turn Your Radio On
John Hartford
70. Highway 17
Rodney Crowell
71. If I Had a Boat
Lyle Lovett
72. Blackjack David
Dave Alvin
73. Atmosphere
Son Volt
74. Lost In The Ozone
Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen
75. Dallas
The Flatlanders
76. 6 String Belief
Son Volt
77. Darkest Hour
Arlo Guthrie
78. Return of The Grievous Angel
Gram Parsons
79. Red Rose
The Blasters
80. The Great Comprimise
John Prine
81. The Brand New Tennessee Waltz
Jesse Winchester
82. The Beauty Way
Ray Wylie Hubbard
83. Gold
John Stewart
84. Some Humans Ain't Human
John Prine
85. Drive In Movies & Dashboard Lights
Nanci Griffith
86. Braden River
Chris Smither
87. Holiday
James McMurtry
88. In My Own Mind
Lyle Lovett
89. Kerosene Hat
Cracker
90. Roving Gambler
Peter Case
91. Play Me The Waltz of The Angels
The Derailers
92. Dancing With The Women at The Bar
Whiskeytown
93. Clay Pigeons
John Prine
94. I've Got My Pride (But I Got To Feed The Kids)
Rodney Crowell
95. Mercenary Song
Steve Earle
96. Movin' The Country
BR5-49
97. What Work Is
Tom Russell
98. Empty Baseball Park
Whiskeytown
99. Photograph
Charlie Robison
100. Screw You, We're From Texas
Ray Wylie Hubbard
101. Baby Likes To Rock It
The Tractors
102. I've Been To Memphis
Lyle Lovett
103. Old America
Tom Russell
104. Slate
Uncle Tupelo
105. Abilene
Dave Alvin
106. The South Coast of Texas
Guy Clark
107. The Streets of Baltimore
Gram Parsons
108. Jimmie Brown The Newsboy
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
109. Andersonville
Dave Alvin
110. U.S. Steel
Tom Russell
111. Crescent City
Lucinda Williams
112. Blue Umbrella
John Prine
113. Junior & The Old African Queen
Grayson Capps
114. Casino Queen
Wilco
115. Ten Degrees
J.D. Crowe & The New South
116. Moses
Patty Griffin
117. Pineola
Lucinda Williams
118. 1000 Dollar Car
The Bottle Rockets
119. Coulda Shoulda Woulda
Peter Case
120. Letter To Laredo
Joe Ely
121. Oh My Sweet Carolina
Ryan Adams
122. Bag of Bones
Guy Clark
123. Grand Central Station March 18, 1978
Steve Forbert
124. The Kid From Spavinaw
Tom Russell
125. Christmas Morning
Lyle Lovett
126. Burgundy Shoes
Patty Griffin
127. I Got Mine
Ry Cooder
128. Back Into The World
Son Volt
129. Last Train To Amsterdam
Ray Wylie Hubbard
130. Immigrant Eyes
Guy Clark
131. Nothing At All
The Waco Brothers
132. Angelyne
The Jayhawks
133. Trains
Ryan Adams
134. New Orleans Waltz
Grayson Capps
135. I Ain't Long Like This
Rodney Crowell
136. Horseshoe
The North Mississippi Allstars
137. Last Lonely Eagle
New Riders of The Purple Sage
138. Carl Perkins Cadillac
The Drive By Truckers
139. Washboard Lisa
Grayson Capps
140. Water When The Well Is Dry
Buddy Miller
141. Inn Town
Whiskeytown
142. Road of Ruin
The Beat Farmers
143. Tulsa Queen
Emmylou Harris
144. Ben McCulloch
Steve Earle
145. Radio King
Golden Smog
146. Ooh Las Vegas
Gram Parsons
147. Sell A Lot of Beer
The Warren Brothers
148. Laredo Rose
The Texas Tornado's
149. Pocatello
James McMurtry
150. I Must Be High
Wilco
151. Snake Farm
Ray Wylie Hubbard
152. January 23 - 30, 1978
Steve Forbert
153. Comeback
The Warren Brothers
154. Boats To Build
Guy Clark
155. 1968
Dave Alvin
156. Riverside
The Beat Farmers
157. Epitaph
Blue Mountain
158. The Beautiful Lie
The Amazing Rhythm Aces
159. Moon Song
Emmylou Harris
160. Cold River
John Hiatt
161. Oh No, Not Another One
Doug Sahm
162. Cold Dog Soup
Guy Clark
163. Lungs
Townes Van Zandt
164. Wild Northland
Kingfish
165. Two More Bottles of Wine
Emmylou Harris
166. Teen Angst
Cracker
167. Southern Baptist Heartbreak
The Warren Brothers
168. Beaujolais
The BoDeans
169. Down The Road
Steve Earle
170. Streets of Sin
Joe Ely
171. The River's Gonna Run
Buddy & Julie Miller
172. A1 On The Jukebox
BR5-49
173. Easy Wind
The Grateful Dead
174. Highway In The Wind
Arlo Guthrie
175. How Can I Miss You, When You Won't Go Away
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
176. 16 Days
Whiskeytown
177. Ridin' Out The Storm
Rodney Crowell
178. Hammers and Nails
Radney Foster
179. A Train Robbery
Levon Helm
180. Six Hours Ahead of The Sun
Steve Goodman
181. Seven Days
Cracker
182. Old School
Russell Smith
183. Healing Bones
Jules Shear
184. Rock of Ages
Gillian Welch
185. Thrice All American
Neko Case
186. Farewell Angelina
New Riders of The Purple Sage
187. Christ For President
Billy Bragg & Wilco
188. Long Walking Down To Misery
The Beau Brummels
189. Trust Jesus
Slobberbone
190. Victoria Lee
The Old 97's
191. American Hotel
Tom Russell
192. Dire Wolf
The Grateful Dead
193. Oklahoma Dust
The Notorious Cherry Bombs
194. Jerusalum Tomorrow
David Olney
195. Love Reunited
The Desert Rose Band
196. Bethlehem Steel
Grant Lee Buffalo
197. Moonshine
The North Mississippi Allstars
198. Broken Down Row
The Waco Brothers
199. My Front Pages
Arlo Guthrie
200. Rock This Town
The Stray Cats


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Last Updated: 2013-05-30
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