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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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

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536 181
The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
siwsiw added The Eagles Rhythm and blues

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277 86
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
william-sanders added Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock, Boogie rock

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298 126
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

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255 110
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

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

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

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216 108
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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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

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

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Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Zac Brown Band Americana, Folk rock, Country rock

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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

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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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

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206 134
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Alabama Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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159 95
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Dubstep, Jug band, Country pop

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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

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

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154 95
Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Gram Parsons Rock music, Country rock, Country

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

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122 71
Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Pure Prairie League Country rock, Country

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127 76
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added George Strait Country

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121 77
Don Henley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Don Henley Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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134 89
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Outlaws Rock music, Country rock, Country

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

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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137 103
The Flying Burrito Brothers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Flying Burrito Brothers Rock music, Country rock, Country

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110 79
Blue Rodeo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blue Rodeo Country rock

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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145 114
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

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

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51 22
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added Kris Kristofferson Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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Dixie Chicks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Dixie Chicks Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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49 21
The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
michael-koebnick added The Highwaymen Outlaw country, Country

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110 96
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Blake Shelton Country

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68 51
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
KennethBudSnow added Conway Twitty Rock and roll, Country

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Rascal Flatts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Pop music

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48 32
Ozark Mountain Daredevils is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
virgilcane added Ozark Mountain Daredevils

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59 46
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
cubguy added Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

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Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Brantley Gilbert Rock music, Country rock, Country

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88 81
New Riders of the Purple Sage is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
New Riders of the Purple Sage Rock music, Country rock, Country

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Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock, Country

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143 150
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Kid Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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35 21
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
anna-naverre added Johnny Horton Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

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75 70
The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Kentucky Headhunters Country rock, Country, Southern rock

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84 81
Little Feat is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Little Feat Americana, Swamp pop, Jazz-funk

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Jason Aldean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Jason Aldean Country rock, Country

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Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Don Williams Pop music, Country rock, Country