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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 Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
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Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock
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Ozark Mountain Daredevils is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
virgilcane added
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Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country
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38 Special is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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New Riders of the Purple Sage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music
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Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock
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Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk
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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Rock and roll, Country
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Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
anna-naverre added Rockabilly, Folk music, Country
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Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country
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The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock, Country, Southern rock
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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music
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Mary Chapin Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
william-sanders added Rock music, Folk music, Soft rock
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Commander Cody & His Lost Plan... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Jump blues, Rock music
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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
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The Bellamy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Country rock, Country
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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music
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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock
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Chris Hillman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
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Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Country rock, Country
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The Desert Rose Band is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock, Country
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Diamond Rio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
peter-n-erken added Christian country music, Country
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Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Realman added Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country