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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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1,964 339
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

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1,658 222
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
977 251
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

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1,093 222
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
705 195
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

6
798 261
Molly Hatchet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Flirtin' With Disaster, Beatin' the Odds, Molly Hatchet

7
727 183
The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Bring It Back Alive, Ghost Riders, So Low

8
705 185
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

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573 167
Blackfoot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Tomcattin', Strikes, 1980-03-16: Chicago

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519 241
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
573 222
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
369 182
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
361 163
Gov't Mule is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Dose, The Deep End, Volume 1

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499 189
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

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384 135
The Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
revconradhutchings added The Band, Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

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280 99
The Rossington Collins Band is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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266 125
The Georgia Satellites is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
408 131
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
The Last DJ, Damn the Torpedoes, Into the Great Wide Open

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426 131
Eagles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Hotel California, Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2

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317 145
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

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326 231
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

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205 128
Wet Willie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Back to Back: At Their Best, Drippin' Wet, Dixie Rock

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209 141
The Kentucky Headhunters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Southern Rock Bands of All Time
Electric Barnyard, Soul, Pickin' on Nashville

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255 128
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

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222 102
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