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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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    Rhythm and blues

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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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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, Rock music, Country rock

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    The Band is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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    Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

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

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Dubstep, Jug band, Country pop

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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    Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Country

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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    Country rock, Country

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    38 Special is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

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    Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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    Country

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    Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    New Riders of the Purple Sage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock and roll, Country

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    Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

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    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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    Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

    Country pop, Country rock, Country

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    Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Country rock, Country

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    Americana, Jump blues, Rock music

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    Western music, Country rock, Acoustic music

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