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The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists 

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Updated 十月 13, 2018 39.6k votes 3.9k voters 306.3k views 180 items

List Rules Just because a band has made a country rock album (like Bon Jovi) doesn't necessarily make them country rock. A group like the Eagles would better qualify

On the surface, the definition of country rock should be relatively simple. When people think of country rock music and country rock songs, they imagine country singers making the dreaded switch to play rock music. However, many of the best country bands made the switch from rock to play country-infused rock songs, thus the name of country rock. Bands would record using a pedal steel, sing about themes commonly associated with country and by the beginning of the 1970s, country rock became a genre that became popular in the mainstream.

So, what are the best country rock bands? Any list of country rock bands has to include top names like the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Zac Brown Band, Bob Dylan, The Doobie Brothers and The Band. These bands are closely associated with country rock and with good reason. They exemplify the fine line between rock music and country music and have managed to fuse the two to create a genre that's become popular in the generations since those early days. Even when new country rock bands come on to the scene, these classic bands have proven their place in rock history by writing hit songs that audiences can't get enough of. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best country rock bands. If you know country rock and notice that someone is missing from this list of country rock bands, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best country rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest country 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 country rock bands that you might've heard of. 
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Creedence Clearwater Rev... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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The Eagles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Lynyrd Skynyrd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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The Allman Brothers Band... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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The Marshall Tucker Band... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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The Band is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Alabama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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John Fogerty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Zac Brown Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Poco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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The Doobie Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Gram Parsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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The Flying Burrito Broth... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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The Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
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Pure Prairie League is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists