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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566 186
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
siwsiw added Rhythm and blues

2
532 173
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
496 189
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

4
299 93
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
309 132
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

6
271 112
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
244 113
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
242 117
The Band is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

9
282 149
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

10
228 112
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

11
188 101
John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop

12
174 97
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
216 135
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

14
220 140
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

15
190 117
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music

16
263 179
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

17
164 97
Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country

18
144 81
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

19
160 95
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
181 114
Poco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Country rock

21
220 148
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

22
132 74
Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock, Country

23
137 81
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Country

24
144 90
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country

25
130 80
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

26
149 105
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
129 90
38 Special is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

28
59 24
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

29
150 114
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

30
57 23
The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added Outlaw country, Country

31
136 103
Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

32
160 128
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

33
163 136
Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

34
150 123
Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Contemporary Country, Country rock

35
112 85
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock

36
130 109
Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

37
77 54
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Rock and roll, Country

38
55 34
Ozark Mountain Daredevils is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
virgilcane added

39
95 84
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
119 112
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
111 105
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Country

42
40 23
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
anna-naverre added Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

43
105 100
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country pop, Country rock, Country

44
76 66
Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pop music, Country rock, Country

45
81 74
The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Country rock, Country, Southern rock

46
89 84
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

47
146 154
Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rock music, Country rock, Country

48
149 158
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
90 89
Trace Adkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blues-rock, Country rock, Country

50
60 53
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
cubguy added Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock