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The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time

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. 

The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

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

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    Carolina Christmas, Where We All Belong, Beyond the Horizon

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    Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

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    Flirtin' With Disaster, Beatin' the Odds, Molly Hatchet

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    Bring It Back Alive, Ghost Riders, So Low

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    Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Million Mile Reflections, Full Moon

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    A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night, Flashback: The Best of 38 Special, 20th ...

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    Tomcattin', Strikes, 1980-03-16: Chicago

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    Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, ...

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    Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits ...

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    Eufaula, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Partly Plugged

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    Whippoorwill, Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie: The EP

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    The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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    Dose, The Deep End, Volume 1

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    Georgia Satellites, In the Land of Salvation and Sin, Let It Rock: Best of ...

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    X-rated, Hot and Nasty: The Best of Black Oak Arkansas, High on the Hog ...

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    Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

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    The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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    Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

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    Dance, Two Lane Highway, Bustin' Out

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    This Is the Way, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best ...

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    Electric Barnyard, Soul, Pickin' on Nashville

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    Hot Number, Girl's Go Wild, Different Tacos

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    Back to Back: At Their Best, Drippin' Wet, Dixie Rock

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    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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    Live at Bonnaroo, Tales of Ordinary Madness, The Lone EP

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    Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They ...

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    The Foundation, Uncaged, Live - The Rock Bus Tour

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    Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day, The Dirty South

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    Ledbetter Heights, Blue on Black, How I Go

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    Living the Blues, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, The Best of Canned Heat ...

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    Boys & Girls, iTunes Session, Alabama Shakes

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    Electric Blue Watermelon, World Boogie Is Coming, 51 Phantom

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    Aha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood

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    Black Stone Cherry, Folklore and Superstition, Between the Devil & The ...

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

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    Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore, Rock On, Street Rats

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    Electric Rodeo, Put the O Back in Country, The Wolf

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    It Still Moves, My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style, Z

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    Honest to Goodness, Macon Tracks, Ghost Train From Georgia

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    Straight to Hell, Damn Right, Rebel Proud

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    Everything All the Time, Cease to Begin, Mirage Rock

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    Danger Zone, Doc Holliday Rides Again..., Rebel Souls

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    Earth to America, Bombs & Butterflies, Jackassolantern

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    Mudcrutch, Extended Play Live

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    It'll Shine When It Shines, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jackie Blue

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    Chock Full of Country Goodness, Too Stuffed to Jump, The Amazing Rhythm ...

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