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The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time

Updated August 9, 2019 41.3k votes 6.7k voters 313.2k views80 items

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

    (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd), Second Helping
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    The Allman Brothers Band

    At Fillmore East, Beginnings
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    The Marshall Tucker Band

    Carolina Christmas, Where We All Belong
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    ZZ Top

    Tres Hombres, Eliminator
    ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band has, since 1970,...  more

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    The Outlaws

    Bring It Back Alive, Ghost Riders
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    Charlie Daniels

    Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Million Mile Reflections
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    38 Special

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    Blackfoot

    Tomcattin', Strikes
    Blackfoot is an American Southern rock musical ensemble from Jacksonville, Florida organized...  more
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    Molly Hatchet

    Flirtin' With Disaster, Beatin' the Odds
    Molly Hatchet is an American Southern hard rock band formed by guitarist Dave Hlubek in...  more

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    The Rossington Collins Band

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    The Rossington Collins Band was a southern rock band founded in 1979 by guitarists Allen...  more
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    The Band

    The Band, Music From Big Pink
    The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group including Rick Danko (bass guitar, vocals,...  more

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    Black Oak Arkansas

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    Gov't Mule

    Dose, The Deep End
    Gov't Mule (pronounced Government Mule) is an American southern rock jam band, formed in 1994...  more

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    Eagles

    Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits
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    The Doobie Brothers

    Toulouse Street, The Captain and Me
    The Doobie Brothers are an American rock band from San Jose, California. The group has sold...  more

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    Blackberry Smoke

    Whippoorwill, Bad Luck Ain't No Crime
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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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    Atlanta Rhythm Section

    Eufaula, Atlanta Rhythm Section
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    The Black Crowes

    Shake Your Money Maker, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
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    The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

    It'll Shine When It Shines, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    The Ozark Mountain Daredevils are an American Southern rock/country rock band formed in 1972...  more
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    The Georgia Satellites

    Georgia Satellites, In the Land of Salvation and Sin
    The Georgia Satellites are a Southern rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They are best known for...  more
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    Hank Williams, Jr.

    Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts
    Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949), known professionally as Hank Williams Jr., or...  more

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    Wet Willie

    Back to Back: At Their Best, Drippin' Wet
    Wet Willie is an American band from Mobile, Alabama, U.S. They are best known for their hit...  more
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    Warren Haynes

    Live at Bonnaroo, Tales of Ordinary Madness
    Warren Haynes (born April 6, 1960) is an American musician, singer and songwriter. Haynes is...  more

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    The Kentucky Headhunters

    Electric Barnyard, Soul
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