country music The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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List Rules Just because a band has made a country rock album (like Bon Jovi) doesn't necessarily make them country rock. A group like the Eagles would better qualify

On the surface, the definition of country rock should be relatively simple. When people think of country rock music and country rock songs, they imagine country singers making the dreaded switch to play rock music. However, many of the best country bands made the switch from rock to play country-infused rock songs, thus the name of country rock. Bands would record using a pedal steel, sing about themes commonly associated with country and by the beginning of the 1970s, country rock became a genre that became popular in the mainstream.

So, what are the best country rock bands? Any list of country rock bands has to include top names like the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Zac Brown Band, Bob Dylan, The Doobie Brothers and The Band. These bands are closely associated with country rock and with good reason. They exemplify the fine line between rock music and country music and have managed to fuse the two to create a genre that's become popular in the generations since those early days. Even when new country rock bands come on to the scene, these classic bands have proven their place in rock history by writing hit songs that audiences can't get enough of. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best country rock bands. If you know country rock and notice that someone is missing from this list of country rock bands, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best country rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest country rock musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular country rock bands that you might've heard of. 

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Eagles Rhythm and blues

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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The Band is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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The Marshall Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Marshall Tucker Band Rock music, Country rock, Rock and roll

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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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Alabama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Alabama Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Zac Brown Band Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Dubstep, Jug band, Country pop

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Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blue Rodeo Country rock

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Gram Parsons Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
George Strait Country

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Charlie Daniels Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Poco is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Poco Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Traveling Wilburys Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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38 Special is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
38 Special Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Outlaws Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Keith Urban Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

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Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pure Prairie League Country rock, Country

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Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Eric Church Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Brantley Gilbert Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blake Shelton Country

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Kris Kristofferson Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Flying Burrito Brothers Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Conway Twitty Rock and roll, Country

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Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Kid Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country

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Ozark Mountain Daredevils is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Highwaymen Outlaw country, Country