country music 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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474 152
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

2
508 168
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
siwsiw added The Eagles Rhythm and blues

3
449 176
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

4
259 81
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
william-sanders added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

5
286 118
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
283 129
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
243 108
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
217 106
The Marshall Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Marshall Tucker Band Rock music, Country rock, Rock and roll

9
221 111
The Band is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Band Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

10
260 140
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

11
208 105
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

12
169 92
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

13
200 122
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

14
178 107
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

The Best New Country Artists

15
249 166
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

16
200 128
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Alabama Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

17
130 73
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

18
153 93
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Dubstep, Jug band, Country pop

19
145 90
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

20
203 140
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Charlie Daniels Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

21
172 114
Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

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22
161 108
Poco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Poco Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

23
119 71
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added George Strait Country

24
145 94
Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Gram Parsons Rock music, Country rock, Country

25
113 70
Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pure Prairie League Country rock, Country

26
117 76
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

27
130 90
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

28
128 89
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Outlaws Rock music, Country rock, Country

18 Times Taylor Swift Was Totally Country

29
125 89
Traveling Wilburys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Traveling Wilburys Heartland rock, Rock music, Folk rock

30
119 84
38 Special is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
38 Special Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

31
153 117
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

32
143 109
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
140 107
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
128 96
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

35
157 125
Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Eric Church Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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106 76
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blue Rodeo Country rock

37
48 21
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added Kris Kristofferson Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

38
45 18
The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added The Highwaymen Outlaw country, Country

39
123 98
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

40
125 101
The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Flying Burrito Brothers Rock music, Country rock, Country

41
116 94
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

42
109 91
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Blake Shelton Country

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114 100
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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67 50
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Conway Twitty Rock and roll, Country

45
58 41
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
cubguy added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

46
46 29
Ozark Mountain Daredevils is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
virgilcane added Ozark Mountain Daredevils

47
142 141
Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Brantley Gilbert Rock music, Country rock, Country

48
139 143
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Kid Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

49
98 95
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country

50
94 91
Jason Aldean is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Jason Aldean Country rock, Country