No one knows what Americana is, but if I did I'd say THE BAND were/are
To name a few from the past:
Donnie & Marie - A Little Bit Country (A Little Bit Rock n Roll)
Almost all pop music from the boyband era including Britney Spears through to OTown to NSync to Westlife to BSB (I wanted to be Nick Carter's wife at the young age of 13) and so on and so on. We were goofing off in the car yesterday and singing everything from those days straight through to 98 Degrees (My passion for Drew Lachay was ressurected when he was on DWTS - can't stand Nick Lachay) Even 2ge+her (Calculus). Actually want to dig some of my old CDs back up again. Listen to alittle BSB for old time's sake. Saw them in concert for old time's sake 3 or so years back. Had a great time. I did it for the 13 year old me who never made it to one of their concerts.
Abba - still.
Was hardcore into country music (Billy Ray Cyrus - "Achy Breaky Heart", Billy Dean - "Billy the Kid", Alabama, Shania Twain, etc) and the Monkees in my preteen years. Early teens focused on pop music of all kinds and country (Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Lonestar, etc). Later teens was 80s music. (Bon Jovi, U2, Mellencamp, Bryan Adams, Springsteen, etc) Early 20s was still the 80s music somewhat. Wasn't as hardcore on Bon Jovi as I had been (three concerts later) and was mainly focusing on U2 and Springsteen. Had always liked Bob Dylan but majorly fell for him around this time. Bono also. Decided to give that fellow RYAN Adams one more try and the rest is history. LOL. Definitely broadened my horizons with Gram Parsons, Whiskeytown, Avett Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, etc. Now I like to think I'm some kind of blend of all my musical personas. What I don't listen to anymore sits on my shelf and waits to be rediscovered. What's corny to me today could be number one on my playlist tomorrow. i.e./ Avril Lavigne. Thinking about digging that first CD I loved so much out again. (The rest since sucked big time though I can't be the only one who can't get "Girlfriend" out of my head occasionally...)
My biggest "guilty pleasure" is the band Better Than Ezra, have everyone of their CDs and a live DVD from HOB in Nola. They write really cool visual songs, the kind that when you close your eyes you will be transported to another place and time. Is that corny?