The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time

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Using elements of rock, country and blues, Southern rock is a genre that (you guessed it) came from the Southern part of the United States and is one of the most popular subgenres of rock music. The best Southern rock bands are among the greatest rock bands of all time and with good reason. The best Southern rock songs are part of the great American songbook and are some of the most well regarded tunes in history. As for Southern rock, it is defined by boogie rhythms, thunderous guitar solos, heavy jams and lyrical content that tackle Southern culture and Southern pride. As Southern rock has evolved over the years, it's come to feature elements of garage rock and even metal. 

So, what are the best Southern rock bands? Any list of Southern rock bands has to include names like the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, Drive-by Truckers and the Black Crowes. When you think of Southern rock, you generally think of these classic bands. New Southern rock bands come and go, but these bands have hits that audiences love to sing along with and are not easily forgotten. Southern rock is a genre that's become well regarded by music fans due to these Southern rock bands and how important of role they had in shaping rock music.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Southern rock bands. If you notice that someone is missing from this list of Southern rock bands, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Southern rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Southern 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 southern rock bands that you might've heard of. 
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    Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    most listed
    Rock music, Country rock, Rock and roll

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    ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Molly Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

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    The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    38 Special is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Heavy metal, Southern rock

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Southern rock

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    Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    The Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time

    added by revconradhutchings
    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Country rock, Country, Southern rock

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Rock music, Southern rock

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    Country rock, Country

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    Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Rock music

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    Country pop, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Christian rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Texas blues

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    Country rock, Country, Southern rock

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    David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Southern rock

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    Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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    Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

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    Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock

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    Blues-rock, Jam band, Southern rock

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    Grinderswitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time

    often listed & added by Clark Benson
    Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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    Kenny Wayne Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Blues

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    ranked high on reranks
    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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    Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time


    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Rock music, Country rock, Southern rock

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Pop rock

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    Pop music, Pop rock, Soft rock

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    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Greg Menefee
    Rock music

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    Rock music

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Clark Benson
    Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly

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    added by rdk_brown

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