Greatest Southern Rock Bands


The Top Ten

1 Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s They are known for songs like "Free Bird", "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Tuesdays Gone" .

The greatest American band ever!

They are the greatest. #2 doesn't even come close.


They were like the Beatles of southern rock, both had a short existence and a ton of hits.

2 The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers Band was an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman, as well as Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.

Skynyrd may be more popular, in the south especially but the ABB is better by a good margin, if you're going by pure talent in musicianship and songwriting. They didn't wave the Dixie flag as much and they were racially integrated so they lose points with the rednecks but at peak their live show was second to none. So many chops they could have reformed the hog.

The music speaks for itself.

3 ZZ Top ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.

Really look at all the stuff ZZ Top has put out over the years. I bet if you're a true rock n roll fan you will know, like, and be able to sing along w/ minimum 30 songs! I recently started downloading a few ( 5-6 ) of their earlier songs & ended up w/ 63! And actually knew all / most of the lyrics for

4 Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival, often shortened to Creedence and abbreviated as CCR, was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Swamp Rock... - Britgirl

If CCR were a southern rock band, which they are not (from California) they would be at or near top of this list.

What is ZZ Top doing above CCR?

The top 4 here (Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, CCR) are all great, but I'd change the order to 1. CCR 2. ZZ Top 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd 4. Allman Brothers.

5 The Marshall Tucker Band

Too bad that Toy Caldwell died so young, they were really a dynamic organization...he was a great "no pick" guitarist.
fun to listen too...

6 Charlie Daniels Band
7 The Outlaws
8 Molly Hatchet Molly Hatchet

So many great hits/albums. They rock!

9 George Thorogood & The Destroyers
10 .38 Special

I really enjoyed this band in the 80 s I think they very underrated and deserve more respect I actually enjoy them more than lynard skynard

The Contenders

11 Eagles Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

Great band with deep lyrics, just listen to Hotel California!

This is a one great Southern band indeed!

Hotel California!

12 Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
13 Wet Willie
14 Blackfoot Blackfoot Blackfoot is an American Southern rock musical ensemble from Jacksonville, Florida organized during 1970. Though they are primarily a Southern rock band, they are also known as a hard rock act.

These guys are awesome! Enough said.
My favorite songs:
1. Highway Song
2. Wishing Well
3. Left Turn on a Red Light
4. Fox Chase
5. Rattlesnake Rock 'N' Roller

15 The Band The Band The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson more.
16 Kings of Leon Kings of Leon Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin Matthew Followill.
17 Neil Young Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

He isn't a band actually - zxm

18 Little Feat Little Feat Little Feat is an American rock band formed by singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist Lowell George and keyboardist Bill Payne in 1969 in Los Angeles. George disbanded the group due to creative differences in 1979, shortly before his death.
19 Jackyl Jackyl
20 Blackberry Smoke

Just plain awesome

21 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

Not a band and not Southern Rock. - Britgirl

22 Whiskey Myers Whiskey Myers Whiskey Myers is an American Southern Rock/Red Dirt/Country group from Palestine, Texas composed of Cody Cannon(lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Cody Tate(lead and rhythm guitar), John Jeffers(lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Jeff Hogg(drums) and Gary Brown(bass).

Deep Down in the South... Wow! - Britgirl

23 Sea Level
24 Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry are pure magic - carterthedrummer

25 Black Oak Arkansas

Top 10

26 The Georgia Satellites

Keep Your Hands To Yourself is the strength of my vote but otherwise...I wouldn't vote for them. There are far better SR bands out there:
1) Creedence Clearwater Revival
2) The Allman Brothers Band
3) Lynyrd Skynyrd
4) The Band
5) Eagles - Britgirl

27 Alabama
28 Atlanta Rhythm Section

Ronnie van zant always said that ARS was the greatest southern rock band ever. he also said that Ronnie Hammond was the greatest singer he ever heard.

29 The Black Crowes The Black Crowes The Black Crowes were an American rock band formed in 1989. Their discography includes eight studio albums, four live albums and several charting singles.
30 Point Blank

Interesting, if not predictable list … agreed that 38 Special should be Top 5 with Point Blank Top 10 or better. I'm a native Texan who LOVES Southern Rock and am turning 65 … I've dj'd since I was 18 … I should know a thing or two by now!

31 Drive-By Truckers

They have the best perspective on the whole southern rock thing. 'Southern Rock Opera' is the album that knocks it out of the park, but they've got a lot of depth all the way through their southern thing...

Best southern band. Transcends southern rock and becomes one of the best bands in the world and are still top of their game twenty years after starting.

32 Rossington Collins Band
33 Pantera Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.
34 Grinderswitch
35 Third Day
36 Steve Miller Band Steve Miller Band The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California. The band is led by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals.
37 Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Their song ''If You Want to Get to Heaven '' is amazing, I hear it in Grand Theft Auto V radio station ''Rebel Radio''!

38 Monster Truck
39 Southern Rock Allstars
40 Allen Collins Band
41 Artimus Pyle Band
42 Johnny Van Zant Band
43 Johnny Cash And The Tennessee Two

Actually it's The Tennessee Three

44 Ram Jam
45 The Black Keys The Black Keys The Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo, that was formed by Dan Auerbach (Vocals, Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums). more.
46 Fabulous Thunderbirds
47 Barefoot Jerry
48 Dicky Betts & Great Southern
49 Death Death Death was an American death metal band formed in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner. Death is considered to be one of the most influential bands in heavy metal and a pioneering force in death metal. Its debut album, Scream Bloody Gore, has been widely regarded as the first death metal record, while the band's more.
50 Morbid Angel Morbid Angel Morbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums".
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