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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581 190
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
siwsiw added Rhythm and blues

2
544 177
Creedence Clearwater Revival is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop

3
509 196
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

4
308 97
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
william-sanders added Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

5
318 135
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

6
279 117
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

7
250 120
The Marshall Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Rock and roll

8
248 120
The Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
235 115
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

10
288 153
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

11
193 103
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

12
182 99
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
172 99
Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country

14
269 183
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

15
223 146
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

16
148 83
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

17
218 142
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

18
193 121
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

19
187 116
Poco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

20
164 98
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

21
224 151
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

22
136 76
Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock, Country

23
150 92
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country

24
139 85
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Country

25
134 83
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

26
158 108
The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country

27
130 93
38 Special is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

28
151 118
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

29
61 28
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

30
59 26
The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added Outlaw country, Country

31
118 87
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock

32
163 133
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

33
137 109
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

34
163 141
Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

35
150 128
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

36
132 113
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

37
60 36
Ozark Mountain Daredevils is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
virgilcane added

38
79 59
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Rock and roll, Country

39
102 85
New Riders of the Purple Sage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country

40
119 116
Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

41
107 103
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Country rock, Country

42
112 109
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Country

43
78 69
Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Country rock, Country

44
42 26
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
anna-naverre added Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

45
93 88
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

46
83 77
The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock, Country, Southern rock

47
148 158
Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country

48
150 166
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

49
92 94
Trace Adkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Country rock, Country

50
63 59
The Desert Rose Band is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock, Country