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The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time  

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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
(pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping, Gold
Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the southern hard-rock genre during the 1970s. Originally formed in 1966 as The Pretty Ones in Jacksonville, Florida, they ...more

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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
The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Macon, Georgia, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman (founder, slide guitar and lead guitar) and Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, ...more

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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
The Marshall Tucker Band is an American rock band from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Noted for incorporating blues, country and jazz into its eclectic sound, The Marshall Tucker Band helped ...more

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The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Bring It Back Alive, Ghost Riders, So Low
Outlaws is an American southern rock/country rock band best known for their 1975 hit "There Goes Another Love Song" and extended guitar jam "Green Grass and High Tides" from ...more

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#733 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #234 of 283 Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame #670 of 2,222 The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Million Mile Reflections, Full Moon
Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music. He is best ...more

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Blackfoot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Tomcattin', Strikes, 1980-03-16: Chicago
Blackfoot is an American Southern rock musical ensemble from Jacksonville, Florida organized during 1970. Though they are primarily a Southern rock band, they are also known as a hard rock act. ...more

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Molly Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Flirtin' With Disaster, Beatin' the Odds, Molly Hatchet
Molly Hatchet is an American Southern hard rock band formed by guitarist Dave Hlubek in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1971. The band is best known for their 1979 hit song "Flirtin' with

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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
38 Special (sometimes stylized as .38 Special) is an American rock band that was formed by neighborhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant in 1974 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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ZZ Top is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Tres Hombres, Eliminator, Rio Grande Mud
ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970, consisted of vocalist/guitarist Billy Gibbons (the band's leader, main lyricist and musical arranger), ...more

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#92 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #26 of 354 The Greatest Classic Rock Bandsfeaturing The Best ZZ Top Songs of All Time

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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
The Black Crowes were an American rock band formed in 1989. Their discography includes eight studio albums, four live albums and several charting singles. The band was signed to Def American ...more

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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
The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band from San Jose, California. The group has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They have been active for nearly five decades, with their ...more

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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
Atlanta Rhythm Section (or ARS) is an American Southern rock band, formed in 1970 by Rodney Justo (singer), Barry Bailey (guitar), Paul Goddard (bass), Dean Daughtry (keyboards), Robert Nix ...more

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#256 of 354 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands #11 of 54 The Best Bands Named After Cities #13 of 62 The Best Bands Named After Real Places

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The Rossington Collins B... is listed (or ranked) 13 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
The Rossington Collins Band was a southern rock band founded in 1979 by guitarists Allen Collins and Gary Rossington following the 1977 plane crash which killed three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, ...more
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Eagles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2
The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner. With five number-one singles, six Grammy Awards, five American ...more

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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
Gov't Mule (pronounced Government Mule) is an American southern rock jam band, formed in 1994 as a side project of The Allman Brothers Band by guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody. ...more

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Tom Petty and the Heartb... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (alternately Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) were an American rock band from Gainesville, Florida. Formed in 1976, the band originally comprised Tom Petty ...more

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Blackberry Smoke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Whippoorwill, Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie: The EP
Blackberry Smoke is an American Southern rock/country rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The lineup consists of Charlie Starr, Richard Turner, Brit Turner, Paul Jackson, and Brandon ...more
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The Band is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
revconradhutchings added The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz
The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals, fiddle), Garth Hudson (keyboards, accordion, saxophone), Richard Manuel (keyboards, drums, vocals), ...more

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The Georgia Satellites ... is listed (or ranked) 19 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
The Georgia Satellites are a Southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are best known for their 1986 #2 single "Keep Your Hands to Yourself".
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Black Oak Arkansas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
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Black Oak Arkansas is an American Southern rock band named after the band's hometown of Black Oak, Arkansas. The band reached the height of its fame in the 1970s with ten charting albums ...more

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Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Dance, Two Lane Highway, Bustin' Out
Pure Prairie League, sometimes abbreviated PPL, is an American country-rock band whose roots began between 1965 and 1969 in Waverly, Ohio, with Craig Fuller, Tommy McGrail, Jim Caughlan, and ...more

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The Kentucky Headhunters... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Electric Barnyard, Soul, Pickin' on Nashville
The Kentucky Headhunters are an American country rock and Southern rock band. They were founded in 1968 as Itchy Brother, which consisted of brothers Richard Young (rhythm guitar, vocals) and ...more

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Alabama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right
Alabama is an American country and Southern rock band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama, in 1969. The band was founded by Randy Owen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his cousin Teddy Gentry (bass, ...more

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Wet Willie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Back to Back: At Their Best, Drippin' Wet, Dixie Rock
Wet Willie is an American band from Mobile, Alabama, U.S. They are best known for their hit "Keep On Smilin'," reaching #10 on the Billboard Chart in August 1974, but had a number of ...more

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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
Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949), known professionally as Hank Williams Jr., or alternatively as "Bocephus", is an American southern rock singer-songwriter and musician. His ...more

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