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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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    (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold ...

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    Green River, Cosmo's Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys

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    Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

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    At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

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    Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Million Mile Reflections, Full Moon

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    Carolina Christmas, Where We All Belong, Beyond the Horizon

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    The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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    Dreaming My Dreams, A Man Called Hoss, Good Hearted Woman

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    The Foundation, Uncaged, Live - The Rock Bus Tour

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    Deja Vu All Over Again, Hoodoo, Centerfield

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    Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

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    The Christmas Album, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Let's Go

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    Grievous Angel, GP / Grievous Angel, GP

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    The Mountain, Jerusalem, Transcendental Blues

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    A Merry Little Christmas, Heart Like a Wheel, What's New

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    Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, Traveling Wilburys, Volume 3

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    Bring It Back Alive, Ghost Riders, So Low

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    Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

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    Carolina, Caught in the Act, Sinners Like Me

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    Devil Without a Cause, Fire It Up, Rock n Roll Jesus

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    Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

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