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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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list ordered by
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Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop
2
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
siwsiw added Rhythm and blues
3
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
william-sanders added Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana
4
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock
5
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
6
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
7
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country
8
The Marshall Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Rock and roll
9
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music
10
The Band is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music
11
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop
12
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Dubstep, Jug band, Country pop
13
Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country
14
Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock, Country
15
Poco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock
16
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Country
17
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music
18
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock
19
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music
20
The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country
21
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock
22
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country
23
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Folk rock, Country rock
24
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music
25
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music