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Using elements of rock, country and blues, Southern rock is a genre that (you guessed it) came from the Southern part of the United States and is one of the most popular subgenres of rock music. The best Southern rock bands are among the greatest rock bands of all time and with good reason. The best Southern rock songs are part of the great American songbook and are some of the most well regarded tunes in history. As for Southern rock, it is defined by boogie rhythms, thunderous guitar solos, heavy jams and lyrical content that tackle Southern culture and Southern pride. As Southern rock has evolved over the years, it's come to feature elements of garage rock and even metal. 

So, what are the best Southern rock bands? Any list of Southern rock bands has to include names like the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, Drive-by Truckers and the Black Crowes. When you think of Southern rock, you generally think of these classic bands. New Southern rock bands come and go, but these bands have hits that audiences love to sing along with and are not easily forgotten. Southern rock is a genre that's become well regarded by music fans due to these Southern rock bands and how important of role they had in shaping rock music.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Southern rock bands. If you notice that someone is missing from this list of Southern rock bands, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Southern rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Southern 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 southern rock bands that you might've heard of. 
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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

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1,366 167
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

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791 191
The Marshall Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Marshall Tucker Band Carolina Christmas, Where We All Belong, Beyond the Horizon

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907 158
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
ZZ Top Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

5
655 203
Molly Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Molly Hatchet Flirtin' With Disaster, Beatin' the Odds, Molly Hatchet

6
590 140
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Outlaws Bring It Back Alive, Ghost Riders, So Low

7
573 155
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Charlie Daniels Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Million Mile Reflections, Full Moon

8
574 153
38 Special is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
38 Special A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night, Flashback: The Best of 38 Special, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of .38 Special

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467 135
Blackfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Blackfoot Tomcattin', Strikes, 1980-03-16: Chicago

10
431 192
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica

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455 172
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Doobie Brothers Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

12
302 138
Atlanta Rhythm Section is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Atlanta Rhythm Section Eufaula, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Partly Plugged

13
292 128
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Gov't Mule Dose, The Deep End, Volume 1

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399 148
Blackberry Smoke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Blackberry Smoke Whippoorwill, Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie: The EP

Rock Stars Who Have Aged Surprisingly Well

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290 104
The Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
revconradhutchings added The Band The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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208 91
The Georgia Satellites is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Georgia Satellites Georgia Satellites, In the Land of Salvation and Sin, Let It Rock: Best of The Georgia Satellites

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293 97
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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209 76
The Rossington Collins Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Rossington Collins Band This Is the Way, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rossington Collins Band, Anytime

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266 115
Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Black Oak Arkansas X-rated, Hot and Nasty: The Best of Black Oak Arkansas, High on the Hog

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301 87
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Eagles Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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168 106
The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Kentucky Headhunters Electric Barnyard, Soul, Pickin' on Nashville

The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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270 179
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Alabama Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

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173 102
Wet Willie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Wet Willie Back to Back: At Their Best, Drippin' Wet, Dixie Rock

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211 96
Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Pure Prairie League Dance, Two Lane Highway, Bustin' Out

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168 67
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Hank Williams, Jr. Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection

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226 128
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
David Allan Coe Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

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171 107
The Fabulous Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Hot Number, Girl's Go Wild, Different Tacos

28
188 100
Warren Haynes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Warren Haynes Live at Bonnaroo, Tales of Ordinary Madness, The Lone EP

The Best Rock Vocalists

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166 99
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Canned Heat Living the Blues, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, The Best of Canned Heat

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183 115
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Zac Brown Band The Foundation, Uncaged, Live - The Rock Bus Tour

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157 123
Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Drive-By Truckers Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day, The Dirty South

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122 88
Black Stone Cherry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Black Stone Cherry Black Stone Cherry, Folklore and Superstition, Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

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159 83
Kenny Wayne Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Ledbetter Heights, Blue on Black, How I Go

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96 39
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Greg Menefee added The Ozark Mountain Daredevils It'll Shine When It Shines, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jackie Blue

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92 76
Humble Pie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Humble Pie Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore, Rock On, Street Rats

The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

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83 99
Grinderswitch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Clark Benson added Grinderswitch Honest to Goodness, Macon Tracks, Ghost Train From Georgia

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83 70
Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Shooter Jennings Electric Rodeo, Put the O Back in Country, The Wolf

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172 231
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Kid Rock Devil Without a Cause, Fire It Up, Rock n Roll Jesus

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91 127
Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls, iTunes Session, Alabama Shakes

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89 103
North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
North Mississippi Allstars Electric Blue Watermelon, World Boogie Is Coming, 51 Phantom

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24 31
Jason & The Scorchers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Greg Menefee added Jason & The Scorchers Rock On Germany, Reckless Country Soul, Lost & Found

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85 73
Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Clark Benson added Hank Williams III Straight to Hell, Damn Right, Rebel Proud

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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60 33
Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Eddie Arthur added Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks

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16 19
Drivin N Cryin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Kirk Harrington added Drivin N Cryin Mystery Road, Fly Me Courageous, Scarred but Smarter

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108 96
Whiskey Myers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
rdk_brown added Whiskey Myers Firewater, Road of Life, Early Morning Shakes

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40 36
Blues Traveler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Greg Menefee added Blues Traveler Four, Travelers & Thieves, Blues Traveler

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99 160
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Kings of Leon Aha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood

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32 40
Doc Holliday is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Doc Holliday Danger Zone, Doc Holliday Rides Again..., Rebel Souls

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87 84
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Widespread Panic Earth to America, Bombs & Butterflies, Jackassolantern

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61 64
Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Point Blank American Exce$$ / On a Roll, Point Blank, Airplay