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The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time  

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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 Revival is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Swamp pop
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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Americana, Blues-rock, Swamp pop
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Tony Joe White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Swamp rock, Roots rock
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J.J. Cale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Americana, Swamp pop, Tulsa Sound
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Canned Heat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music
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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Heartland rock, Rock music
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Leon Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Charles Aaron added Blues, Swamp Rock, Pop
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Creedence Clearwater Revisited is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Rock music, Swamp rock
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The Radiators is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Rock music, Swamp rock
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Delaney & Bonnie and Friends is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Charles Aaron added Blues, Southern Soul, Swamp Rock
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Bobby Charles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Rhythm and blues, Roots rock
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Joe South is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Charles Aaron added Southern Soul, Swamp Rock, Country
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Deadboy & The Elephantmen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Punk blues, Swamp pop, Rock music
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The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Bunk Strutts added Traditional music, Folk music, Country blues
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The Scientists is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Punk blues, Grunge
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Dax Riggs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Gothic rock
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Beasts of Bourbon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Swamp rock
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Christopher Ameruoso is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Bunk Strutts added
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Troy Shondell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Swamp rock, Rock and roll
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Ed Volker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Swamp rock, Rhythm and blues
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The Old Haunts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Garage rock, Swamp rock
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Atom Rhumba is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Punk blues, Rock music
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Ten Benson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Swamp rock, Heavy metal
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The Foolhouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp rock, Heavy metal, Hard rock
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Kim Salmon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swamp Rock Bands/Artists of All Time
Swamp pop, Punk blues, Grunge