Zydeco music is a genre all it’s own. And while it’s very popular in Cajun country, we’ve discovered that folks here in Texas have very little reference for what zydeco music is or who the top artists are!
Don’t fret – Razzoo’s is here to help! Here’s a little info on zydeco music and popular artists to find on Spotify today!
The History of Zydeco
Zydeco music dates back to the late 1600s when French colonists sailed over to the New World to settle the land now known as Louisiana. Louisiana became a melting pot of cultures, and out of that melting pot, zydeco music was birthed. French Creoles formed the genre as a blend of blues, R&B, reggae, and soul, commonly played at house dances. For that reason, you’ll find zydeco music to be upbeat and bluesy, infused with elements of traditional songs for dancing. It’s hard to listen to zydeco without getting the urge to tap your tow or sway to the beat.
Top Zydeco Artists
We’ll admit, knowing where to start when finding the best zydeco music can be tricky. So in order to give you the best list possible, we’ve pulled the Top 40 List from Clarence’s Baton Rouge Cajun Radio Show. Clarence is a Cajun DJ in Baton Rouge, and since he’s right smack dab in the heart of Louisiana, we’ll trust he knows a thing or two about zydeco. Below is his list of top artists, along with their top songs:
· Boozoo Chavis - Dog Hill, Uncle Bud, Dance All Night
· Rockin' Sidney - Don't Mess With My Toot-Toot
· Morris Francis - Fun in Acadiana
· Fernest Arceneau - Zydeco Boogaloo, It's Allright, Midnight Train
· Beau Jocque - Cornbread, Get It, Beau Jocque
· Clifton Chenier - Tu Le Ton Son Ton, Hot Tamale Baby
· John Delafose - Joe Pete A Deux Femme
· Chris Ardoin and Double Clutchin'-Lake Charles Connection,Pass The Dutchy
· Rosie Ledet - I'm Gonna Take Care Of Your Dog
· Nathan and the Zydeco Chachas - Everything On The Hog, Steady Rock
· Willis Prudhomme - My Woman is a Salty Dog, Why You Wanna Make Me Cry
· Donna Angelle - Old Man's Sweetheart
· Leo Thomas - Why You Wanna Make Me Cry
· Queen Ida - Frisco Zydeco, Ful Il Sa
· Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas - Steady Rock
· Buckwheat Zydeco - Boogaloo, Ma 'Tite Fille
· Zydeco Force - On My Way, Zydeco Extravaganza, Oh Madeleine
· Step Rideau - Standing Room Only
· C.J. Chenier - It's Alright, The Power of Love
· Leroy Thomas - Somebody's Lookin' For Ya
Our favorites at Razzoo’s - the best Cajun food restaurant in Texas - are Boozoo Chavis and Buckwheat Zydeco! Download a song or two today and let us know what you think!