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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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1,797 312
Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold

2
1,530 198
The Allman Brothers Band is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
At Fillmore East, Beginnings, Eat a Peach

3
886 222
The Marshall Tucker Band is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Carolina Christmas, Where We All Belong, Beyond the Horizon

4
1,007 188
ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud

5
733 230
Molly Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Flirtin' With Disaster, Beatin' the Odds, Molly Hatchet

6
661 162
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Bring It Back Alive, Ghost Riders, So Low

7
632 175
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Million Mile Reflections, Full Moon

8
641 165
38 Special is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
A Wild-Eyed Christmas Night, Flashback: The Best of 38 Special, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of .38 Special

9
514 151
Blackfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Tomcattin', Strikes, 1980-03-16: Chicago

10
473 219
The Black Crowes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica

11
514 192
The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

12
335 151
Atlanta Rhythm Section is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Eufaula, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Partly Plugged

13
338 117
The Band is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
revconradhutchings added The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

14
443 166
Blackberry Smoke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Whippoorwill, Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie: The EP

15
317 147
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Dose, The Deep End, Volume 1

16
234 109
The Georgia Satellites is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Georgia Satellites, In the Land of Salvation and Sin, Let It Rock: Best of The Georgia Satellites

17
352 120
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

18
228 88
The Rossington Collins Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
This Is the Way, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rossington Collins Band, Anytime

19
364 106
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

20
293 127
Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
X-rated, Hot and Nasty: The Best of Black Oak Arkansas, High on the Hog

21
188 123
The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Electric Barnyard, Soul, Pickin' on Nashville

22
298 200
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

23
188 113
Wet Willie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Back to Back: At Their Best, Drippin' Wet, Dixie Rock

24
232 110
Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Dance, Two Lane Highway, Bustin' Out

25
193 85
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection

26
244 143
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

27
189 119
The Fabulous Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Hot Number, Girl's Go Wild, Different Tacos

28
211 110
Warren Haynes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Live at Bonnaroo, Tales of Ordinary Madness, The Lone EP

29
179 112
Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Living the Blues, Live at the Fox Venice Theatre, The Best of Canned Heat

30
208 126
Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Foundation, Uncaged, Live - The Rock Bus Tour

31
174 136
Drive-By Truckers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Southern Rock Opera, Decoration Day, The Dirty South

32
117 49
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Greg Menefee added It'll Shine When It Shines, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Jackie Blue

33
176 94
Kenny Wayne Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Ledbetter Heights, Blue on Black, How I Go

34
137 100
Black Stone Cherry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Black Stone Cherry, Folklore and Superstition, Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea

35
109 85
Humble Pie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore, Rock On, Street Rats

36
95 112
Grinderswitch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Clark Benson added Honest to Goodness, Macon Tracks, Ghost Train From Georgia

37
192 257
Kid Rock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Devil Without a Cause, Fire It Up, Rock n Roll Jesus

38
90 84
Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Electric Rodeo, Put the O Back in Country, The Wolf

39
80 46
Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Eddie Arthur added

40
126 104
Whiskey Myers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
rdk_brown added Firewater, Road of Life, Early Morning Shakes

41
97 117
North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Electric Blue Watermelon, World Boogie Is Coming, 51 Phantom

42
97 140
Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Boys & Girls, iTunes Session, Alabama Shakes

43
31 41
Jason & The Scorchers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Greg Menefee added Rock On Germany, Reckless Country Soul, Lost & Found

44
91 86
Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Clark Benson added Straight to Hell, Damn Right, Rebel Proud

45
24 29
Drivin N Cryin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Kirk Harrington added Mystery Road, Fly Me Courageous, Scarred but Smarter

46
108 171
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Aha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood

47
94 91
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Earth to America, Bombs & Butterflies, Jackassolantern

48
35 47
Doc Holliday is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Danger Zone, Doc Holliday Rides Again..., Rebel Souls

49
63 69
Point Blank is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
American Exce$$ / On a Roll, Point Blank, Airplay

50
45 48
The Cadillac Three is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time