The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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List Criteria: 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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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Rhythm and blues

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Rock music, Country rock, Rock and roll

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

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    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Country

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Dubstep, Jug band, Country pop

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Country rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

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    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Country

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Country rock, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Country

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Rock and roll, Country

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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    Country pop, Country rock, Country

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    Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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