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The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time 

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Updated July 19, 2019 1.3k votes 510 voters 60.8k views 25 items

Closely associated with the music of Louisiana (and with good reason), swamp rock combines New Orleans-driven R&B with the traditional Creole and French Louisiana sounds. Though it never quite caught on with the mainstream - at least as a whole - swamp rock maintains a large following in Louisiana. The genre as known was created in the 1950s and early 1960s and many of the best swamp rock bands and artists aren't from Louisiana. Swamp rock, though, with its cult following across the globe, still remains an exciting subgenre of rock.

So, what are the best swamp rock bands? For starters, you'd have to include outsiders like Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, Doobie Brothers, Bobby Charles and Tony Joe White as some of the best swamp rock artists. Their hits still resonate and thus, swamp rock lives on. Though it's popularity has waned over the years, swamp rock bands still can rock as hard as any of their contemporaries and thus, the spirit of the jungle lives on.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best swamp rock bands. If you notice a swamp rock band isn't on this list, and should be, feel free to add them.  This list answers the questions "who are the best swamp rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest swamp 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 swamp rock bands that you might've heard of. (25 items)
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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Tony Joe White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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J.J. Cale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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The Radiators is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Leon Russell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Bobby Charles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Deadboy & The Elepha... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Joe South is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Christopher Ameruoso is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Bunk Strutts added
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The Reverend Peyton's Bi... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Delaney & Bonnie and... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Dax Riggs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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The Scientists is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Beasts of Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Troy Shondell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Ed Volker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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The Old Haunts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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The Foolhouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Atom Rhumba is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Ten Benson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
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Kim Salmon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time