The BEST Episodes of Austin City Limits

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2019

Network: PBS

Great music. No limits. Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre.

The Decemberists followed by Explosions in the Sky

#1 - The Decemberists followed by Explosions in the Sky

Season 33 - Episode 2

Progressive pop pioneers, The Decemberists, make their ACL debut. Next, Explosions in the Sky, well known for the movie scores, appears in a powerful live stage performance.

star 10.00
1 votes

#2 - Spoon

Season 36 - Episode 2

Hailed as “one of the most engaging American bands of the past decade” (The Phoenix) by critics and fans, Spoon returns to Austin City Limits for their third turn on the stage with a new album that “strikes a balance between its early angsty indie-rock and the soulful deconstructed pop of its 2007 release, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” (Billboard).

star 10.00
1 votes
Jason Isbell / Neko Case

#3 - Jason Isbell / Neko Case

Season 39 - Episode 9

ACL presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

star 10.00
1 votes
Sarah Jarosz / The Milk Carton Kids

#4 - Sarah Jarosz / The Milk Carton Kids

Season 39 - Episode 12

Sarah Jarosz performs selections from her 2013 "Build Me Up From Bones" album; the Milk Carton Kids perform songs from their 2013 "The Ash & Clay" CD.

star 10.00
1 votes
Foo Fighters

#5 - Foo Fighters

Season 40 - Episode 13

Foo Fighters perform selections from their 2014 "Sonic Highways" album.

star 10.00
1 votes
Pearl Jam

#6 - Pearl Jam

Season 35 - Episode 8

One of the most popular and influential rock bands of the past two decades, Pearl Jam makes their Austin City Limits debut in celebration of their self-released new CD, Backspacer.

star 9.40
5 votes

#7 - Radiohead

Season 38 - Episode 1

The band performs songs from its Grammy-nominated LP The King of Limbs.

star 9.33
3 votes
Iggy Pop

#8 - Iggy Pop

Season 42 - Episode 5

A thrilling hour with rock & roll legend Iggy Pop in his first-ever ACL appearance. The Detroit native blasts through classics and cuts from his latest album “Post Pop Depression,” accompanied by members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys.

star 9.33
3 votes
 Alejandro Escovedo / Trombone Shorty

#9 - Alejandro Escovedo / Trombone Shorty

Season 36 - Episode 4

As “one of the genuine lights in rock music” (Billboard) Alejandro Escovedo returns to the Austin City Limits stage to perform songs from his soon-to-be-released CD. His authentic Austin sound has led him to national stardom and critical acclaim. “To call Alejandro Escovedo the godfather of modern country rock would sell him short,” wrote critic Will Hermes in Rolling Stone.

star 9.00
1 votes
Norah Jones / Kat Edmonson

#10 - Norah Jones / Kat Edmonson

Season 38 - Episode 8

Jazz and pop cross on ACL with Norah Jones and Kat Edmonson. Jones sings songs from her Dangermouse-produced album Little Broken Hearts. Edmonson showcases the song stylings of her LP Way Down Low.

star 9.00
4 votes
The Avett Brothers / Nickel Creek

#11 - The Avett Brothers / Nickel Creek

Season 40 - Episode 8

The Avett Brothers perform selections from their 2013 "Magpie and the Dandelion" album and Nickel Creek spotlight songs their 2014 "A Dotted Line" album.

star 9.00
1 votes
The Black Keys / J. Roddy Walston & the Business

#12 - The Black Keys / J. Roddy Walston & the Business

Season 40 - Episode 12

The Black Keys feature songs from their 2014 "Turn Blue" album and J. Roddy Walston and the Business spotlight selections from their 2013 "Essential Tremors" album.

star 9.00
1 votes
Don Henley

#13 - Don Henley

Season 41 - Episode 3

Don Henley showcases songs from his first solo album in 15 years, “Cass County” which represents both Henley’s roots and the next stop on his creative journey.

star 9.00
2 votes
James Taylor

#14 - James Taylor

Season 41 - Episode 6

James Taylor performs some of his most beloved songs as well as selections from his 2015 album, “Before This World.”

star 9.00
2 votes
Drive-By Truckers followed by Ryan Bingham

#15 - Drive-By Truckers followed by Ryan Bingham

Season 34 - Episode 12

Rolling Stone called the Drive-By Truckers "the boldest, baddest Southern band in the land" and the band has been living up to that moniker for the last decade. The band fuses solid musicianship with lyrics that tell real stories. "They let the songwriting speak for itself, and it sings loud and clear" (Rolling Stone).

star 8.50
2 votes

#16 - Coldplay

Season 37 - Episode 13

Modern rock giants Coldplay ring in the New Year with a 90-minute Austin City Limits New Year's Eve special highlighting their mega-hits and songs from their newest LP, "Mylo Xyloto." This historic holiday celebration captures the excitement and energy of the Grammy-winning band that has sold over 50 million records worldwide.

star 8.50
2 votes
Natalia Lafourcade / Grupo Fantasma

#17 - Natalia Lafourcade / Grupo Fantasma

Season 42 - Episode 6

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma. Mexican superstar Lafourcade performs songs from her Grammy-winning album Hasta la Ruiz and powerhouse Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma dazzle with irresistible grooves.

star 8.50
2 votes
Cyndi Lauper

#18 - Cyndi Lauper

Season 42 - Episode 9

Enjoy the ACL debut of pop legend Cyndi Lauper with a a program of classics and country covers. Songs include “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “True Colors” and “End of the World.”

star 8.50
2 votes
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit / Amanda Shires

#19 - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit / Amanda Shires

Season 43 - Episode 8

Savor the best in Americana with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Amanda Shires. Isbell and his band showcase their acclaimed roots rock from “The Nashville Sound.” Singer/songwriter/violinist Shires unveils her distinctive take on country music from “My Piece of Land.”

star 8.50
4 votes
LCD Soundsystem

#20 - LCD Soundsystem

Season 43 - Episode 11

Relish the ACL debut of alternative rock icon LCD Soundsystem. The recently revived band spotlights hits and songs from its comeback album “American Dream.”

star 8.50
4 votes
Tedeschi Trucks Band

#21 - Tedeschi Trucks Band

Season 41 - Episode 13

The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record “Let Me Get By.”

star 8.33
3 votes
CeCe Winans / St. Paul & The Broken Bones

#22 - CeCe Winans / St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Season 42 - Episode 12

Thrill to an hour of soul and gospel with Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans and breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones. Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise.

star 8.33
3 votes
Nine Inch Nails

#23 - Nine Inch Nails

Season 40 - Episode 3

Austin City Limits presents an epic hour with Nine Inch Nails. The special broadcast airs as a preview of our upcoming milestone 40th Anniversary Season. NIN’s arena-worthy ACL debut showcases ten songs.

star 8.33
3 votes
St. Vincent

#24 - St. Vincent

Season 44 - Episode 1

Enjoy a visually and sonically stunning hour with Grammy-winning art-rock performer St. Vincent. The groundbreaking singer-songwriter-guitarist and her band perform songs from her acclaimed LP “Masseduction.”

star 8.14
7 votes
Los Lonely Boys followed by The Gourds

#25 - Los Lonely Boys followed by The Gourds

Season 32 - Episode 9

Los Lonely Boys share their "Texican rock 'n' roll" style (From the ACL Taping Program on October 12, 2006) Oye Mamacita Roses Texican Style My Way Outlawsw The Gourds blend country, folk, Tex-Mex and Cajun music (From the ACL Taping Program on June 6, 2006) Lower 48 Burn the Honeysuckle El Paso Mr. Betty Jesus Christ with Signs Following Do 4 U

star 8.00
1 votes