The AOTD 500

posted by Matt Jarrells on 05/30/2017

Most radio stations don't even play 500 songs, let alone 500 artists.

What if we told you that just beneath the surface of your everyday world lies a vibrant subculture of original singers, songwriters, and players? We try our best to introduce you to one of these individuals or bands every weekday at 8:30am and 5:30pm through our 'Artist of the Day' segment.

We started this feature back in early 2015. On the occasion of our 500th unique entry, we offer this alphabetized list of some of our favorite musicians. Click on each link to learn more and enjoy some music and media.

  1. Abigail Washburn

  2. The Accidentals [2]

  3. Adrian Younge

  4. Aimee Mann

  5. Al Green [2]

  6. Alabama Shakes

  7. Alison Krauss

  8. Allen Toussaint

  9. Allison Crutchfield

  10. Amy Helm

  11. Amy Speace

  12. An Dro

  13. Anat Cohen

  14. Andrew Bird

  15. Anders Osborne

  16. Ani DiFranco

  17. Anne McCue

  18. ANOHNI

  19. Animal Collective

  20. Aoife O’Donovan

  21. Aretha Franklin

  22. Arlo Guthrie

  23. The Avalanches

  24. The Avett Brothers

  25. B.B. King

  26. Baaba Maal

  27. BADBADNOTGOOD

  28. Band of Horses

  29. Basia Bulat

  30. Beach House

  31. Beausoleil

  32. Beirut

  33. Bela Fleck

  34. Belle & Sebastian

  35. Ben Folds

  36. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

  37. Ben Sidran

  38. The Besnard Lakes

  39. Best Coast

  40. Beth Bombara

  41. Beth Hart

  42. Beth Orton

  43. Bettye Lavette

  44. Bhi Bhiman

  45. Big Dudee Roo

  46. Big Head Todd & The Monsters

  47. Bigfoot Buffalo

  48. Billie Holliday

  49. Billy Bragg

  50. Billy Strayhorn

  51. Billy Strings & Don Julin

  52. Birds of Chicago

  53. The Black Crowes

  54. The Black Lips

  55. Blind Pilot

  56. Blind Willie Johnson

  57. Blitzen Trapper

  58. Bob Dylan

  59. Bob Mould

  60. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

  61. Bobby McFerrin

  62. Bombino

  63. Bon Iver

  64. Bonnie Raitt

  65. Brad Mehldau

  66. Brandford Marsalis

  67. Brandi Carlile

  68. Brian Blade

  69. Bruce Cockburn

  70. Bruce Hornsby

  71. Bruce Springsteen [2]

  72. Buddy Guy

  73. Buddy Miller

  74. Buena Vista Social Club

  75. Built to Spill

  76. Calexico

  77. Carole King

  78. Carrie Rodriguez

  79. case/lang/veirs

  80. Cat Power

  81. Cecile McLorin Salvant

  82. Cha Wa

  83. Champion Jack Dupree

  84. Chance the Rapper

  85. Channing & Quinn

  86. Charles Bradley

  87. Charles Mingus

  88. Charlie Hunter [2]

  89. Chicano Batman

  90. Childish Gambino

  91. Chris Bathgate

  92. Chris Isaak

  93. Chris Stapleton

  94. Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

  95. CHVRCHES

  96. City & Colour

  97. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

  98. Cloud Nothings

  99. Coco Montoya

  100. Col. Bruce Hampton

  101. Colin Hay

  102. Complicated Animals

  103. Corinne Bailey Ray

  104. Courtney Barnett

  105. The Concussions

  106. The Crane Wives

  107. Cuyucas

  108. D’Angelo

  109. Damien Jurado

  110. Damon Albarn

  111. Dan Hicks

  112. Daniel Martin Moore

  113. Dante Cope

  114. Daughn Gibson

  115. Dave Alvin

  116. Dave Hardin

  117. David Bazan

  118. David Bowie [2]

  119. David Bromberg

  120. David Byrne

  121. Davina and The Vagabonds

  122. De La Soul

  123. The Decemberists

  124. The Del McCoury Band

  125. Delbert McClinton

  126. Delilah DeWylde & The Lost Boys

  127. Delta Spirit

  128. Dengue Fever

  129. The Devil Makes Three

  130. Diana Krall

  131. DIIV

  132. Dirty Bourbon River Show

  133. Dirty Dozen Brass Band

  134. Dirty Projectors

  135. Dr. Dog

  136. The Dodos

  137. Dolly Parton

  138. Dos Santos

  139. Dr. John

  140. Drive-By Truckers

  141. Dwight Yoakam

  142. Edie Brickell

  143. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

  144. Edye Evans Hyde

  145. Elephant Revival

  146. Elliott Brood

  147. Elliott Smith

  148. Ellis Paul

  149. Elvis Costello

  150. Emma Loo

  151. Emmylou Harris

  152. Eric Bachmann

  153. Esperanza Spalding

  154. Etta James

  155. Eva Cassidy

  156. The Fabulous Thunderbirds

  157. Father John Misty

  158. FEIST

  159. Femi Kuti

  160. Fiona Apple

  161. The Flaming Lips

  162. FLUSHED

  163. Foxygen

  164. Frank Sinatra

  165. Frank Turner

  166. Frank Zappa

  167. Frightened Rabbit

  168. Frontier Ruckus

  169. Future Islands

  170. G. Love & Special Sauce

  171. Galactic

  172. Gary Clark Jr.

  173. Gemma Ray

  174. Gillian Welch

  175. The Go Rounds [2]

  176. Grace Potter

  177. Grandaddy

  178. The Grascals

  179. The Grateful Dead

  180. Great Lake Swimmers

  181. Greensky Bluegrass [2]

  182. Gregory Porter

  183. Griffin House

  184. Grimes

  185. Guy Clark

  186. Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam

  187. Hank Mowery

  188. Hanni El Khatib

  189. Harry Belafonte

  190. The Head and The Heart

  191. Heartless Bastards

  192. Heaters [2]

  193. Heather Maloney

  194. Herbie Hancock

  195. Hinds

  196. Hollywood Makeout

  197. Honey Honey

  198. Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions

  199. Hooray for the Riff Raff

  200. Horse Feathers

  201. Indigo Girls

  202. The Infamous Stringdusters

  203. Irma Thomas

  204. Iron & Wine

  205. JJ Grey & Mofro

  206. Jackie Greene

  207. Jaco Pastorius

  208. James Cotton

  209. James Harman

  210. James Hunter Six

  211. Jamila Woods

  212. Janis Ian

  213. The Jayhawks [2]

  214. Jean-Luc Ponty

  215. Jeff Beck

  216. Jeff Buckley

  217. Jeff Healey

  218. Jeff Parker (of Tortoise)

  219. Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts

  220. Jens Lekman

  221. Jerry Garcia

  222. Jesca Hoop [2]

  223. Jesse Cook

  224. Jesse Ray & The Carolina Catfish

  225. The Jesus and Mary Chain

  226. Jim Lauderdale

  227. Joanna Newsom

  228. João Gilberto

  229. Joe Bonamassa

  230. Joe Cocker

  231. Joe Ely

  232. Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

  233. Joe Pug

  234. Joey Alexander

  235. John Coltrane

  236. Joey DeFrancesco

  237. John Hiatt

  238. John Lee Hooker

  239. John Mayall

  240. John Primer

  241. John Prine

  242. John Scofield

  243. John Trudell

  244. Johnny Cash

  245. Johnny Winter

  246. Jorma Kaukonen

  247. Josh Ritter

  248. Joshua Davis

  249. Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus

  250. JR JR

  251. Juana Molina

  252. Juliana Hatfield

  253. Julien Baker

  254. Junior Brown

  255. Junior Kimbrough

  256. Justin Townes Earle

  257. Kari Lynch Band

  258. Karl Denson

  259. Karsh Kale

  260. Kasey Chambers

  261. Kate Tempest

  262. Karriem Riggins

  263. Keb’ Mo’

  264. Keller Williams

  265. Kevin Morby

  266. Kim Wilson

  267. Kishi Bashi

  268. Koko Taylor

  269. Kurt Vile

  270. Lady Lamb

  271. Laith Al-Saadi

  272. Lake Street Dive

  273. Lana Del Rey

  274. Langhorne Slim

  275. The Last Shadow Puppets

  276. Lazer Lloyd

  277. Lazy Lester

  278. Leigh Nash

  279. Leon Russell

  280. Leonard Cohen [2]

  281. Lianne La Havas

  282. Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

  283. Lisa Hannigan

  284. Little Charlie & The Nightcats

  285. Lizz Wright [2]

  286. Local Natives

  287. The Lone Bellow

  288. Lord Huron

  289. Los Lobos

  290. Lori McKenna

  291. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

  292. Los Lobos

  293. Los Lonely Boys

  294. Lou Reed

  295. Loudon Wainwright III

  296. Low Cut Connie

  297. Lucinda Williams

  298. Luke Winslow-King

  299. The Lumineers

  300. Luther Dickinson

  301. Lydia Loveless

  302. Lyle Lovett

  303. M. Ward

  304. M83

  305. Mac DeMarco

  306. Mac Wiseman

  307. Marc Cohn

  308. Marco Benevento

  309. Margo Price

  310. Maria Muldaur

  311. Mark Eitzel

  312. Mark Knopfler

  313. Mark Lavengood

  314. Mark Olson

  315. Marshall Crenshaw

  316. Martin Sexton

  317. Mary Fahl

  318. Matt Ten Clay & The Howlers

  319. Mavis Staples

  320. Max Lockwood

  321. May Erlewine

  322. Megan Dooley

  323. Melissa Etheridge

  324. Melody Gardot

  325. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

  326. Michael Daves

  327. Michael Doucet & Beausoleil

  328. The Milk Carton Kids

  329. Mississippi Fred McDowell

  330. Modest Mouse

  331. Mose Allison

  332. The Motet

  333. The Moxie Strings

  334. Mr. Gnome

  335. Mudcrutch

  336. Mumford & Sons

  337. The Muteflutes

  338. My Morning Jacket

  339. Nahko and Medicine for the People

  340. Nanci Griffith

  341. Nathan Kalish

  342. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

  343. Neil Young

  344. Neko Case

  345. The New Pornographers

  346. Nikki Lane

  347. Nora Jane Struthers

  348. Norah Jones

  349. Nouvelle Vague

  350. of Montreal

  351. Oh Wonder

  352. Old 97's

  353. Olivia Mainville & The Aquatic Troupe

  354. Olu Dara

  355. organissimo

  356. Otis Clay

  357. Otis Redding

  358. Otis Rush

  359. Otis Taylor

  360. The Outer Vibe

  361. Over the Rhine

  362. PJ Harvey

  363. Paleface

  364. Patty Griffin

  365. Paul Butterfield

  366. Paul Simon

  367. Paula Cole

  368. Patti Smith

  369. Peter Mulvey

  370. Peter Wolf

  371. Phil Alvin

  372. Pink Martini

  373. Pokey LaFarge

  374. Pops Staples

  375. The Pretenders

  376. Punch Brothers

  377. Quantic

  378. Ra Ra Riot

  379. Radiohead

  380. The Ragbirds

  381. Railroad Earth

  382. Ratatat

  383. Ray Charles

  384. Real Estate

  385. Red Sea Pedestrians

  386. Red Tail Ring [2]

  387. Regina Spektor

  388. Reggie Watkins

  389. Rene Marie

  390. Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band

  391. Rhiannon Giddens [2]

  392. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

  393. Rickie Lee Jones

  394. Robert Randolph

  395. Robert Earl Keen

  396. Robin Connell

  397. Rodney Crowell

  398. Rokia Traoré

  399. Rory Block

  400. Roosevelt Diggs

  401. Run River North

  402. The Rusty Wright Band

  403. Ruthie Foster

  404. Ryan Adam

  405. Ryan Bingham

  406. Ryley Walker

  407. Sam Amidon

  408. Sampha

  409. San Fermin

  410. Sandy Denny

  411. Santana

  412. Santigold

  413. Sara Watkins

  414. Sarah Jarosz

  415. Sean Watkins

  416. Sergio Mendes

  417. Seth Bernard

  418. SF Jazz Collective

  419. Shakey Graves

  420. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

  421. Shawn Colvin

  422. Shelby Lynne

  423. The Shins

  424. Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

  425. Silver Jews

  426. Sister Rosetta Tharpe

  427. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds [2]

  428. Slowdive

  429. Smokin’ Joe Kubek

  430. The Soil + the Sun

  431. Solange

  432. Solomon Burke

  433. Son Little

  434. Sonny Landreth

  435. Spoon

  436. Springtime Carnivore

  437. Solas

  438. Stan Getz

  439. Stanley Clarke

  440. Stars

  441. The Staple Singers

  442. The Steel Wheels

  443. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

  444. Stevie Wonder

  445. Strand of Oak

  446. The String Cheese Incident

  447. Sturgill Simpson

  448. The Suffers

  449. Sufjan Stevens

  450. Surfer Blood

  451. Sylvan Esso

  452. T-Bone Burnett

  453. Taj Mahal

  454. The Tallest Man on Earth

  455. Tanya Donelly

  456. Tedeschi Trucks Band

  457. Temples

  458. Terence Blanchard

  459. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

  460. Thievery Corporation

  461. Thornetta Davis

  462. Thundercat

  463. Tift Merritt

  464. Tinsley Ellis

  465. Todd Snider

  466. Tokyo Morose

  467. Tom Waits

  468. Tony Bennett

  469. Tori Amos

  470. Torres

  471. Trixie Whitley

  472. Trombone Shorty

  473. Tunde Olaniran

  474. tUnE-yArDs

  475. Umphrey’s McGee

  476. Unknown Mortal Orchestra

  477. Valentiger

  478. Valerie June

  479. Van Morrison

  480. Vox Vidorra

  481. Wanda Jackson

  482. Warren Haynes

  483. The Waterboys

  484. Waxahatchee

  485. Wayne Shorter

  486. Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding)

  487. Whitney

  488. WHY?

  489. Wilco

  490. William Bell

  491. Willie Nelson

  492. Willy Porter

  493. The Wood Brothers

  494. Woody Guthrie

  495. The Word

  496. Wye Oak

  497. The XX

  498. Yo La Tengo

  499. Yonder Mountain String Band

  500. Yo-Yo Ma

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