bands/musicians The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists  

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List Rules 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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The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
siwsiw added The Eagles Rhythm and blues

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398 136
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

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200 54
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
william-sanders added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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390 150
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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263 95
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

6
260 106
Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

7
198 93
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

8
230 118
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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183 89
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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183 91
The Marshall Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Marshall Tucker Band Rock music, Country rock, Rock and roll

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188 96
The Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

12
148 83
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

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183 113
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Alabama Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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181 113
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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223 153
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Zac Brown Band Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

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138 83
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Dubstep, Jug band, Country pop

17
158 100
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

18
153 96
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

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108 65
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

20
122 79
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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178 129
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Charlie Daniels Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

22
101 61
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added George Strait Country

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124 84
Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Gram Parsons Rock music, Country rock, Country

24
139 99
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

25
99 65
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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134 98
Poco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Poco Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

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95 62
Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pure Prairie League Country rock, Country

28
112 78
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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116 82
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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116 83
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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106 74
38 Special is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
38 Special Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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128 96
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Keith Urban Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

33
124 93
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

34
110 81
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Outlaws Rock music, Country rock, Country

35
107 82
Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Traveling Wilburys Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock

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138 114
Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Eric Church Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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92 68
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blue Rodeo Country rock

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51 30
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
cubguy added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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33 13
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added Kris Kristofferson Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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98 83
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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92 77
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Blake Shelton Country

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31 12
The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added The Highwaymen Outlaw country, Country

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133 123
Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Brantley Gilbert Rock music, Country rock, Country

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98 89
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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101 95
The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Flying Burrito Brothers Rock music, Country rock, Country

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56 44
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Conway Twitty Rock and roll, Country

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116 114
Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock, Rock music

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88 83
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country

49
125 130
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Kid Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

50
81 80
Jason Aldean is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Jason Aldean Country rock, Country