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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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1,770 307
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
1,510 195
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
866 219
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
987 184
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
721 223
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
650 159
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
621 170
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
629 164
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
506 149
Blackfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Tomcattin', Strikes, 1980-03-16: Chicago

10
465 214
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
502 187
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
332 149
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
329 115
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
433 160
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
311 142
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
229 105
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
340 118
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
221 87
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
353 101
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
288 125
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
185 117
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
292 195
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
185 110
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
227 105
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
189 80
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
241 139
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
182 118
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
204 108
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
176 109
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
204 123
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
171 133
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
112 47
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
172 92
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

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133 97
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

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104 84
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
92 108
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
189 247
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
89 81
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
75 44
Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Eddie Arthur added

40
95 114
North Mississippi Allstars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Electric Blue Watermelon, World Boogie Is Coming, 51 Phantom

41
95 137
Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Boys & Girls, iTunes Session, Alabama Shakes

42
122 101
Whiskey Myers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
rdk_brown added Firewater, Road of Life, Early Morning Shakes

43
27 39
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
23 25
Drivin N Cryin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Kirk Harrington added Mystery Road, Fly Me Courageous, Scarred but Smarter

45
88 84
Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Clark Benson added Straight to Hell, Damn Right, Rebel Proud

46
94 89
Widespread Panic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Earth to America, Bombs & Butterflies, Jackassolantern

47
106 170
Kings of Leon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Aha Shake Heartbreak, Only by the Night, Youth & Young Manhood

48
34 45
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 67
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
29 32
The Amazing Rhythm Aces is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Greg Menefee added Chock Full of Country Goodness, Too Stuffed to Jump, The Amazing Rhythm Aces WFO_Collection