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Top 10 Southern Rock Bands

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The southern United States is a spooky place of equal parts back-woods moonshine and old Civil War mystery. From this special, almost mystical place, maybe the best type of rock and roll was born. The southern United States know the blues like no other district in the world – this comes out in simply poetic lyrics and great guitar riffs. Here’s a top 10 of the best.


Creedence Clearwater Revival


They may have been from California but they sang some of the best southern rock songs like “Born On A Bayou” and “Long As I Can See The Light”. Lyrically “Midnight Special” is one of the quintessential southern rock songs but the fact that they were from out west bumps them down a couple levels to 10.


Charlie Daniels Band

Charlie Daniels

Yes, that guy and I’ll wager none of us know a single person that couldn’t sing every bar of “Devil Went Down To Georgia”. He is on there more for the girth of his work than for the #1 hits but Charlie made fiddles cool, kinda.


Marshall Tucker Band

Marshall Tucker Band

They plowed some good ground with songs like “Fire on the Mountain” and “Heard It In A Love Song” Doug Gray sings the part of the broken down yet happy southern boy damn well, I’m not sure they are the most influential band out there but they sure went to the well once with “Heard It In A Love Song.”


North Mississippi All Stars


Pay attention to this band if this genre is for you, they have only been around since 1996 but they can play and are one of the only bands that can actually make the claim of being better live than on CD, most of these bands can say the same but most bands in the music world are filtered through miles of electronics to make them sound something like, well, shit. Luther Dickinson is one of the best singer/guitar players around. Check into “Mean Ol’ Wind Died Down” it’s satisfying.



Zz Top

Come on, these guys deserve a lot of credit for still being around and just like Fidel Castro, they still have their beards. Points for that, seriously though some of the best guitar licks in rock come from this band like “La Grange” could be the best rock and roll guitar song ever, ranking that is like ranking your favorite toes but it’s in the top 10 (new list somebody). They make lyrics like “A Haw Haw Haw/ A Haw Haw Haw Haw” sound good.


David Allen Coe


He gets most of his credit for being both a racist and a country singer but had a lot of southern rock in him. Songs like “Longhaired Redneck” and “If That Aint Country”. He wrote some pretty awful songs about black people but is repentant and what can you expect from a guy who has been in and out of reform schools and prison since the age of 9. “Southern boys live among the ghosts and spirits of slaves and soldiers crying out to a moon that’s done them wrong”–I hate unattributed quotes but this one kinda got it just right.


Elvis Presley


Kind of like the Beatles in the sense that he was basically just the first person to stumble on a round shape and use it for a wheel. I’m guessing someone would have taken black blues and gospel and mixed them with country to make southern rock shortly after him had he not. Just like that first cave man who invented the wheel–would have been done eventually. Still though, the older I get the better he sounds. Has far too many songs to list go pick your own.


Little Feat

Little Fea

Lowell George was a badass in the Duane Allman vein. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do on a stage. This is one of the first southern rock bands whose album’s can be seen as entire pieces rather than a collection of songs. “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” is a gem. They were among the first bands from the south to include black musicians which proves art is a ways ahead of the rest of life, avant guard is the status quo. Their clothes suffered during the 70’s as the entire country slipped into the deluge of disco, that mosquito that sucked the soul of music from us for nearly 2 decades largely until Nirvana’s Nevermind (one of the most appropriate titles to an album, a jaded exasperated response to a world that just doesn’t get it). Lowell George died in 1979 and like many of our best they left all too soon. Life’s a bitch for the ubertalented, I guess.


Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Named after their high school gym teacher in a back-handed way. This is one of the most played bands of all time. They have anthems like “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Gimme Three Steps” and “Every Mother’s Son” are classics as well. And, just like Lowell George and Duane Allman, Ronnie Van Zandt died too early, this time in a plane crash along with two other bandmates and both pilot and copilot. They continued to make music with Johnny Van Zant, Ronnie’s brother, at the front. It was tough to bump them to the second spot in this list but the Allman Brothers Band, and the spin-off’s like Gov’t Mule and The Greg Allman Band, are just too good both lyrically and in skill.


The Allman Brothers Band


“All Night Train” is one of the all time best jam songs I’ve heard and the Allman Brothers built their foundation on playing instruments well, then getting bent on drugs and booze. And they were certainly not the most attractive group of guys but NSYNC and the Back Street Men sucked and they were gorgeous. Songs like “Going Down Slow” well showed the down side of drug and drink: “won’t somebody write my mother/and tell her the shape I’m in/ I want you to tell her to pray for me/ask her to forgive me for all my sins.” Prophetic lyrics, had Duane Allman not died there is no telling how much new ground the group would have cut. Songs like “Rambling Man” and “Midnight Rider” are anthems best listened to alone in the driver’s seat on some long highway with the music way up. Duane Allman lived hard and kicked a lot of ass. Its unbelievable he died at the age of 24.

Contributor: Brosiusjb

  • jordan

    i agree on allman brothers over skynyrd. nice list

  • Rob

    I laughed at “La Grange” being one of the best rock ‘n’ roll guitar songs of all time. I wouldn’t even rank it in my top 100. Other than that, this is a great list!

  • Miss Destiny

    OMG all these bands are from America obviously you’re ignorant to the rest of the world’s music and a big fat racist!!!!~!!1!

    Hehe, just kidding! (Though I was half expecting to see REAL comments like that.)

    I love this kind of music, my dad played half these bands when I was growing up and the rest I either discovered on my own or through friends/family. I knew every band but North Mississippi All Stars. (Totally going to check them out now!) I actually thought Lynyrd Skynyrd would be number 1 but I totally have some love for the Allman Brothers band too.

    Seeing Charlie Daniels and David Allan Coe on this list were the icing on the cake. Those two artists were introduced to me by my mom! :)

    Great job!

    • GGGG hhhhhhhh

      you stupid Bitch!!! what about SOUTHERN do you ot understand

  • jajdude

    Ukeleled guns on the list, g – any music that uses tintinnabulation as part of its repertoire is A-OK yo by me yo.

  • Tricia

    Southern Rock’s not something I know enough about to comment on intelligently. This is a good list though, informative, and gives me something to get intelligent about. Thanks for the list!

  • CurtShmurt

    Y’all forgot to mention “The Ballad of Curtis Loew” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. I know it wasn’t a hit but I love that song. Damn!!!!

    • Rockstar

      I TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!! It's actually my favorite song by skynyrd!

  • Tony Szàraz

    #11 maybe Molly Hatchet, my favorite Southern Rock band.

  • astraya

    Elvis was a band?

    Other than that, I think Tricia (comment no 5 above) said it for me.

  • evilspwn

    goo call on n0.1.
    any chance you guys could do some articles on cricket in the near future?

  • Frank

    “I’ll wager none of us know a single person that couldn’t sing every bar of ‘Devil Went Down To Georgia’.”

    Wow, did you ever lose that bet… I asked my wife, I asked my friends, I asked my coworkers… None of them had even heard of the song.

  • Mindcrime

    CCR belongs in the top 3, but they weren’t an official southern band, so it’s an accurate list.

    Also an honorable mention should be made to .38 Special, Kansas, & Black Crowes, who I like better than half of the bands that made that list.

  • Jenna


  • Mullaccio

    Would Stevie Ray Vaughn be considered southern rock? I guess its more Texas Blues. Delighted to see The Allman Brothers at number 1. Would have liked to see Creedence a bit higher on the list. Another suggestion would be J.J. Cale but I am not sure of that would fit the criteria.

  • Mullaccio

    *it would fit the criteria…I really should proof read before humble apologies.

  • DiscHuker

    from the intro “The southern United States is a spooky place of equal parts back-woods moonshine and old Civil War mystery”.

    being a born and raised southerner, i have to take exception to this statement. have you ever been to the south or do you just listen to MSNBC to get your stereotypes? and even if this was true, what does it have to do with southern rock?

    the northeastern united states is a spooky place of equal parts crack-dealers from the ghetto and foreigners driving taxi cabs.

    the western united states is a spooky place of equal parts homosexuals having sex in the streets and hippies smoking pot in public.

    do you see any problems with these statements?

  • gav

    how about kings of leon?

  • ronsantohof

    The Midwest United States is a spooky place of equal parts cow/pig farms and nothing. It is less scary than the other parts of the world.

    I was going to add the bands Molly Hatchet and The Fabulous Thunderbirds althought after much introspection of my part(very little) I believe they only deserve honorable mention.

  • MadMonkey

    David Allen Coe is FTW. I love his racist stuff :)

  • why

    whats with the 2 days of american focused articles, sort it out no one outside of the states gives a damn about baseball and southern bands

  • Carrie lynn

    Another list with the king on it, i love this site ! But, as noted above the king was just one man, not a whole band. Elvis and the Jordinaires could be , however.

  • JOHNY!

    I’m not an expert on southern rock bands, but what about Kansas? Do they even belong here?

  • Bobo

    Let’s not forget the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Russell Smith had the voice and the tunes.

  • geez

    Elvis is not a band. And CCR is not southern. That would be like adding Neil Young for Southern man.

    David Allen Coe is not even liked or known by most southerners. But I am sure you had to add some drug addled racist hick to send out the stereotype of the rest of the southerners like me

  • Missel

    Ever been to Japan why they are more crazy about baseball there than anyone I know in the US.

  • damien_karras

    Listverse is a spooky place of equal parts people who take stuff waaayyy too seriously after reading the list intro and buttered squash.
    I like this game! Good list… next?

  • jiminut

    pretty good but take off Elvis and ZZ Top. Creedence is Southern rock. It’s a genre, folks, and they fit the bill. ZZ Top does not. Consider Molly Hatchet, Mountain, and for you hippies — Widespread Panic.

  • Tricia

    damien_karras: my thoughts exactly.

  • misterarthur

    Lowell George was born in Hollywood, as was Paul Barrere, and Richie Hayward’s from Iowa. I love Little Feat, but I think their music was more about the idea of Southern music, than Southern music itself.

  • ringtailroxy

    i love Jupiter Coyote…

  • oouchan

    CCR should have been higher, Elvis is dead and so is his music! Add in Molly Hatchet in his place. I actually prefer Lynyrd Skynyrd over The Allman Brothers Band. Nice list!

  • guy

    15- hahahahahaha.

    i love skynard and ccr

  • Copaface

    Kudos for CCR!!

    & Lynyrd Skynryd (probably not spelt right)

    Good list :D

  • Phender_Bender

    LITTLE FEAT!!! They are great! I don’t think I would consider them Southern Rock though. To me they seem more like they would be swamp rock, like The Band and J.J Cale.
    Allman Brothers Band are truly one of the best bands ever though. They deserve to be first.

    Also, if you like southern rock you might want to check out a band called Five Horse Johnson. They are a small bluesy hard rock band from Toledo. They are not popular at all, but I believe that if they were around during the Allman Brothers they would be very famous.
    Here is one of their more hard-rock style songs. It reminds me of Molly Hatchet for some reason.

  • Bill

    This was a fantastic list, but there are so many better ‘real’ Southern rock groups that could have filled in CCR’s place at #10. I love CCR, but they really don’t belong on this list.

  • Tj

    I know it’s not everyones taste but to leave Pantera off the list I think is a mistake. In a contemporary rock and roll world they are massively influential, and they are very openly and proudly a southern rock style, with heavier elements added.

  • RandomPrecision

    good choice in Allman Brothers.

    Well my father was a gambler down in Georgia,
    He wound up on the wrong end of a gun.
    And I was born in the backseat of a Greyhound bus
    Rollin’ down highway 41

    Lord I was born a ramblin’ man
    Tryin’ to make a livin’ and doin’ the best I can
    And when it’s time for leavin’
    I hope you’ll understand
    That I was born a ramblin’ man

  • Shadow

    Brosius – Thank you! Southerners usually don’t get enough credit for the awesome things they do. I also knew all of these but North Mississippi Allstars because my old man played them all when I was a kid, grew up on them in fact.

  • Del Davis

    Love all the bands on this list.
    Quick note aboot the CCR paragraph…
    “Midnight Special” is lyrically a good tune, however it’s been around long before CCR covered it.
    It sounds like your saying they wrote it, but they did not.
    If I read it wrong, sorry for my mistake.
    Just trying to give credit where credit is due.

    oh, and I didn’t spell ‘About” wrong. I’m Canadian, and I guess we say it “ABOOT”, eh?

  • Chris

    Good list, it must have been a tough choice between Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers, but I agree that The Allman Brothers are slightly better. Maybe best British Invasion bands could be next?

  • curtisfe

    I never do this, but you absolutley can not leave out The Black Crowes, and Widespead Panic, The Doobie Brothers, and The Georgia Satelites at least deserve an honorable mention.

  • slipstick

    I prefer Skynyrd to the Allman Brothers too, but in the end, there can be only one. I love Little Feat and my favorite Marshal Tucker Band song would have to be “Can’t You See.”

    I think that Atlanta Rhythym Section should’ve been on here. Also, there should be an honorable mention about the work that the Van Zant brothers have done (.28 Special and the 2 surviving brothers and the albums that they’ve put out together in the past decade or so.)

    So was the comment about Charlie Daniels’ girth a crack at his weight?

  • curtisfe

    Other than that though, solid list.

  • mattofutexas

    for the record #26 ZZ Top is definitely Southern rock. My cousin Frank Beard is the drummer and I can tell you from my pops’ side of the family that they are as Southern and country as you can get, along with their genre of music being very Texas Southern. And as for the guy who said Pantera, I don’t know about that one but I grew up in Arlington and they were always right across the street from me when I was very little. (I’m 20 now)

  • Brosiusjb: I knew of all of these bands, knew some of them, loved a few.
    Saw CCR, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top & The Allman Brothers Band play live. None of this makes me an expert, but it gives me some personal insight into some of the bands, and I’d have say that I think you got the order just about right. It works for me.
    Good job.

  • mattofutexas

    and I don’t listen to any of these, I’m more into trippy art rock music, the floyd or zep or what have you. but I’m just saying, ZZ Top is good on this list, not even because it’s part of my family because I do not listen to ZZ Top at all but for late 70’s-80’s Southern rock they were definitely sick.

  • Speedpig

    Good list. For anyone who thinks David Allan Coe is a racist should check out his album “Requiem for a Harlequin” seeing that it has quite a few anti-racist pro civil rights songs, and the song “Fuck Anita Bryant”.

    Oh and I think you should of put Drive-By Truckers on this list.

  • Secillic

    No Outlaws? Green Grass and High Tides is one of the best southern rock songs out there.

  • caStroY


    “I know I have said this before, but the odds of us actually playing Freebird?

    There are no odds. It is not going to happen.”

  • asdf

    This list is terribly written. The paragraphs about each band are just horrible.

  • RobertSean

    CCR Should be much higher, if not #1

  • The Dude

    hey man what an awesome list! im a huge southern rock fan and i think ya got it pretty good. my only complaint with the list is Lynyrd Skynyrd bein number 2, they ARE southern rock. but still, thanks for the list, rock on!

  • dustin

    great list

  • bucslim

    #41 slipstick – .28 Special? I think your caliber is off a bit.

    And I gotta agree with my boy Diskhuker – your description of the south is wrong. I always heard it’s a spooky place where the men are men and the sheep are nervous.

  • infallibleangel

    Good list… these songs definitely make me feel a sort of ambiance of the old south. I wasn’t even alive for the heyday of many of these bands… but they make me feel like there was a time of “magical freedom” that took place on southern highways and bayous.

    Garth Brooks songs make me feel like that too.

  • Eddie

    CCR is one of my all time favourite bands.
    I had never heard of Little Feat until I was at Bonnaroo this past summer and stopped by their show. It was unreal. The Allman Brothers were supposed to play, but had to cancel and were replaced with Widespread Panic (much to my dismay…love The Allman’s, but Widespread isn’t for me)

  • Brandon

    I did not like this list, how come every southern band have to be from at least 20 years ago?

  • infallibleangel

    With golden sunny days and thunderstorms and Spanish moss.

  • Seabass

    No Molly Hatchet?!?! Other than that awsome list man. Allman Brothers Band is amazing!

  • chloe.valensi

    Kings of Leon should have definitelly been on here.

    And Eddie, I was pretty depressed the Allman Brothers couldn’t come, but I disagree about Widespread, I think they turned out to be pretty good. Haha, but everything about Bonnaroo is unreal.

  • YogiBarrister

    “I’ll wager none of us know a single person that couldn’t sing every bar of “Devil Went Down To Georgia”
    That would be me. In fact I don’t know anyone who doesn’t loathe Charlie Daniels and Lynyrd Skynyrd. At least David Allen Coe is more honest about his racism. Speaking as a dye-in-the-wool New England Yankee, the bands that glorify the confederacy are dreadful. However, the Allman Brothers(if brosiusjb had ranked Lynyrd Skynyrd first I would have had to go all General Sherman on his ass) rule! So do ZZ Top, Little Feat, and of course CCR(not just a California band, a Berkeley, Ca band). Elvis seems a little out of place here. If you’re going that route, Jerry Lee Lewis would have been a savvier choice.
    I’ll be sure to check out the North Mississippi All Stars. Another current Southern rock band that is reputed to be fantastic live is My Morning Jacket.

  • Rob

    I agree with TJ – Pantera should have been on this list. Those guys were Texans through and through, and were completely unashamed about introducing that flavor into their music. The result was metal so heavy that no one referred to “glam metal” as heavy metal anymore after Vulgar Display of Power’s release. They may not be your typical southern rock band, but they rock and they’re from the south, for what it’s worth.

  • 61. YogiBarrister: I don’t know “Devil Went Down To Georgia”, either. I got a gutful of racism at home, my dad was a southern boy, and boy! could he talk the talk!
    As a result, though, I am throughly anti-racist…no, that’s not the word I’m looking for…I’m neutral, racially.

  • BooRadley

    As soon as I saw the title of this list, I had to scroll down to #1 to see if you got it right. YOU DID!

    I have always been in love with the Allman Bros.’s music, and to this day, Duane Allman is my favorite guitar player of all time. My idea of Heaven is seeing those pearly gates open and having Duane right there, playing me in.

    Little Feat with Lowell George was one of the best bands ever, period. Listen to “Spanish Moon” and you’ll see why. They were tight, always exactly together on every beat.

    While both bands still go on without their beloved lost members, there is nothing like them when Duane and Lowell were still around.

    As for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” of course I know all the words! My problem is that I don’t think CD is exactly the best fiddle player to be fiddlin’ against the devil. Maybe Sam Bush? But that’s getting into Bluegrass, a whole ‘nother genre.

    Good work on the list, Brosiusjb!

  • Slavoj

    Duane Allman didn’t write “Going Down Slow.” It was written in the ’40s and made famous by Howlin’ Wolf’s (far better) version in the early sixties.

    What about The Band? Their first two albums are better than anything on this list. Although only one member was from the South (Levon Helm), their music was lyrically and stylistically soaked in southern culture.

  • Slavoj

    Oh, and CCR certainly didn’t write “Midnight Special.” It’s a traditional song popularized by Leadbelly.

  • Cynthia

    I think CCR should have been WAY further up on the list! Still a great selection nonetheless.

  • littleboots

    I’ve always liked CCR, and the rest of the bands mentioned were mostly ok..but I was very disappointed that George Thorogood and the Destroyers did not make this list at all…correct me if i’m wrong, but didn’t they have all the elements of this list? Blues, rock and from Delaware? “I drink alone….yeah, with nobody else”.

  • Carrie lynn

    How is devil went down to georgia racist? Or charlie danials in general? Or any of these bands in general ? Except Mr Coe. Otherwise please explain.

  • YogiBarrister

    Carrie, I don’t know if Charlie Daniels is racist, but he is a rightwing tool. Like Ted Nugent he actively supports the gun loving, peace hating agenda. Here’s a clue, if the confederate flag is on display anywhere on stage, it’s a racist band.

  • Redcaboose

    A really nice list, but I do not think that David Allen Coe belongs on it. If he is repentant on his racist views, it is probably because he can make more money that way.

    ZZ Top all the way. YAY!!!!

  • BooRadley

    65. Slavoj:

    You are so right! I can’t believe I forgot about The Band! I adore them. One of my favorite songs of all time is “The Weight.” They DEFINITELY belong on this list! They would be in my top 3, along with Little Feat and the Allman Brothers. Thanks for reminding me! I think I’ll go put them on the CD player right now.

    69. Carrie lynn:

    I don’t know how it got so twisted around, but other than Mr. Coe, I don’t see any racism either. Well, I don’t really like “Sweet Home Alabama,” (please, people, don’t start screaming, I know I’m the only one…) because of the line “I hope Neil Young will remember, a Southern Man don’t need him around, anyhow.” This was a reaction to Neil Young’s song, “Southern Man,” which WAS about racism in the South. So I have always had an uncomfortable feeling about Sweet Home Alabama being slightly racist, and I never could really enjoy it, even though otherwise, as a song, it really rocks.

  • Carrie lynn

    Hm, most Southern people i know say the confederate flag does not represent racism to them but southern freedom and culture. Not saying i think it is a great idea.

  • AzReb

    Yankee bands wish they could compete when it comes to substance.

  • AzReb

    Mr Coe was not being racist just observant.Music has no place in the pc world.

  • H

    .38 Special… Molly Hatchet… Worst oversight of all… BLACKFOOT. (Train, Train… take me on out of this town) Elvis doesn’t belong here. I haven’t heard the North Mississippi All-Stars, but Southern Rock was a genre. It doesn’t meant every rock band from the south is “southern rock.” Honestly, I don’t even think ZZ Top is a good example of southern rock.

  • YogiBarrister

    AzReb, it’s interesting that I can’t even think of what could be described as a Yankee band. Ted Nugent was in a band called Damn Yankees, but we all know he is a southerner at heart. BTW The South certainly has nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to music or literature. I’m not implying that. I just prefer the music that evolved from Black Southern culture. Blues, jazz, and yes, even Mowtown is more relevant to my 21st Century life. Bitter white men, bitching about Obama and glorifying the Antebellum South, not so much.

  • YogiBarrister

    This moderation thing is quite annoying. I mentioned the name of Ted Nugent’s band and so my last comment can’t be posted. I assume that’s why. The first time I got one moderated was when I posted the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Is Jamie a confederate sympathizer?
    Anyway, my point was that the music that evolved from Black Southern culture is far superior IMO.

  • Blitzen

    Love Little Feat! Lowell George also put out a solo album that is well worth finding. I listen to it all the time.

    What about Tony Joe White? Steve Earle?

  • Sherry

    Anybody remember Blackfoot? I really really liked them.

    Charlie Daniels has become a devout born-again war-monger in his old age. Supported Bush and McCain-Palin. His right to do so, but now I don’t enjoy his old music much anymore.

    Sometimes I wish entertainers would just shut up and entertain. Tom Cruise ruined his movies for me too.

  • Ernmas

    Yeah for The Allman Brothers. Sweet Melissa is my favorite song of all time!

  • Matt123

    Nice job. Anyone else find it odd that the only member
    of ZZ Top without a beard is named Beard? May I suggest:
    “10 Top Stupid Things People Notice While Reading Other Lists”?

  • Cyn

    78. YogiBarrister –
    your comment went into moderation for ’21st’. due to the abuse of that term ‘1st’. any part of word containing words in the filter will get it kicked into moderation.
    this is not a personal process. it is a computer program or robot.
    so calm down and be happy the comments are not over run w/ spam or inane claims to fame on comment order or other such childish bullshit.

  • YogiBarrister

    Cyn, thanks for pointing that out, never would have occurred to me otherwise. I probably can’t say Century 21 either, lest it appear to be real estate spam.

  • Brosiusjb

    DiscHusker I was born and raised in New Orleans. So, yes, I’ve been to the south.

  • Brosiusjb

    Slavoj I may have to recheck into The Band. My dad was a music lover from the 60’s so I grew up with bands like The Band, etc. Maybe I let them slip toward folk rather than southern rock. No Del Davis I know CCR didn’t write Midnight Special but when CCR covers it they turned it from blues to southern rock. Had the list been about the blues, which would be a good list, I would have gone back to Huddie Ledbetter, even those these songs were really written over time beginning with slaves in the fields.

  • Brosiusjb

    Redcaboose were I repentant of something I would want people to believe me so I’m going to extend David Allen Coe the same courtesy. Just according to he hates the KKK and wrote a song called “Fuck Anita Bryant” because she is homophobic. I like The Black Crows too, a lot. Music is like wine though you only know how good it is when you let it sit a while and sample what comes next. The Black Cromws may find their way onto this list someday, you never know.

  • Brosiusjb

    Full Disclosure: I was born in Wichita KS, we moved to New Orleans when I was a baby after my grandfather bought a hotel. Dad ran it. I love the south and have been from Florida to Texas and Missouri to Louisiana. There is a lot of bad still about the south but like I said about Katrina, the culture of New Orleans isn’t gong to be destroyed by Katrina, the culture of New Orleans would be destroyed if all of a sudden everybody had money in their pocket and a smile on their face. The bad sometimes makes the good.

  • YogiBarrister

    This somewhat poorly recorded video confirms two things Brosiusjb wrote in the intro; The North Mississippi All Stars are a great live act and LaGrange totally kicks ass.

  • YogiBarrister

    Maybe it would help if I inserted the link :)

  • Bigwig Rabbit

    I’ll second, or maybe 25th Molly Hatchet. didn’t read all the comments. Sin.

  • 803cpkeenan

    I cant complain about this list at all. Allman Brothers deserve number one, gregg and duane made amazing music. Being from South Carolina I appreciate the thought behind the list and your introduction, thanks.

  • 803cpkeenan

    and north mississippi allstars are fucking

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  • Luke101

    This list sucks

  • C

    What about Kings of Leon???

  • Cyn

    84. YogiBarrister –
    and i got away w/ it cuz i put it quotes. er..i think.
    ours is not to reason why computers do as they do but be grateful that they do.

    all hail our computer overlords ;)
    (is thinking if she compliments computer, computer will be nice to her and not crash or nuttin’)

  • Cris

    My favorite is undoubtedly Lynyrd Skynyrd.

  • Cyn

    90. YogiBarrister –
    now the link thingie, i’m really not sure about. why this one posted and the others didn’t. using a shortened or original vid link might be it. and do think there’s a limit to # of links posted. or could be the text either before or after the link code…
    fuck if i know ;) but its posted now.

    i just ask if your comments go into moderation or simply don’t post…just please be patient and wait for the comment to be released. repeating the same comment again will not make it post. and some comments are being filtered into it may take a few to figure out what happened. adding additional comments just confuses the matter.

  • SPmuck

    Allman Brothers. I love the fact you put them ahead of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Allman Bros will always beat Skynyrd.

  • The Real Deal

    Drive-By Truckers!!!

  • bec

    Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster are the greatest Southern band I’ve heard :)

  • k1w1taxi

    David Allen Coe – two words, Titties and Beer. No 1 for that alone. :), Not to mention Devil Went down to Jamaica.

    Charlie Daniels, always thought he was more country than Southern Rock, but then I haven’t heard that much of his.

    Blitzen (79) TJW is probably more Blues than SR and Steve Earle would probably be insulted to be so casually pigeonholed as he has a MUCH broader repertoire than SR.


  • Mortivore

    Heh. I’m southern, and I have a sppoky ghost that follows me around. She isn’t an old slave or a soldier, though. And really not that spooky, I guess. But still. Oooooooooohh-ooh! *Is crappy ghost noise*

    To be honest, I don’t really know a damn thing about Southern Rock, other than Charlie Daniels. And I think his best song was actually the tale of Lucius Clay. Or was it Lucien Clay? >.

  • Rascalian

    Nice list, don’t have any complaints…other than i don’t like Elvis…Sure he was a legend and made the ladies wet with his swingin pelvis but….i can’t stand his voice…yeah i said it. My dad went to highschool with ZZ Tops drummer, Beard, ironically named since he was the only one of the band to not get involved with the “beard bet”.

  • who cares

    Nashville Pussy ?

  • marmalamuc

    I have to point out that the Allman Bros. didn’t write most of those songs. A lot of their songs are re-worked blues standards. Like “Goin’ Down Slow”, written by St. Louis Jimmy and first recorded by Howlin’ Wolf.

    But I am REALLY glad you had the Allman Bros. above Skynyrd. They were far more talented and innovative musicians.

  • Lizzie

    54. bucslim – January 24th, 2009 at 11:25 am

    ” I always heard it’s a spooky place where the men are men and the sheep are nervous.”

    Nope. That’d be New Zealand!

    Interesting list. I’d be interested to see what some of our resident LV Southerners have to say…. :)

  • Noah

    Great list. I just wanted to pass on that “Ramble Tamble” by CCR is one of the best songs ever written. If you haven’t heard it, check it out.

  • LordCalvert

    #102, “Titties and Beer” is Rodney Carrington, not DAC. David Allen Coe gets credit for a lot of music that he has no part of. Namely Johnny Rebel.

    YogiBarrister, your comments about Charlie Daniels qualify you as a dumbass.

    that is all

  • CowzRppl2

    David Allen Coe’s picture made me laugh. . .

  • tonepoet

    What??? No .38 Special? But Elvis is there. Man, I’m from the south, and no one considers Elvis southern rock. Maybe his style is derived from Southern Gospel, but that’s it. Mainly you forgot bigger ones than David Allan Coe, such as:

    The Outlaws
    Molly Hatchet
    .38 Special

    These guys are bigger than some others that you listed, trust me!!

  • MKO

    Come on now, get with the times a bit. Drive-By Truckers, hands down one of the best current forgotten bands. Incredible variety, great songwriting and one hell of a live show. Also, gotta have some Lucero and even give Ryan Adams a shout for some of his solo stuff and also with Whiskeytown.

  • Dev

    To # 19’s dumb comment..Well I am a Canadian that loves Southern Bands and Baseball…so yeah…this isn’t just a list for Americans…

  • chaosinc

    There are many lists on here that I don’t feel qualified to comment on… but as an avid musician, and drum instructor, this is one that I can. Do this many people really have a problem understanding genres of music? We’re talking about southern rock here. The mixture of blues, country, and good old ass-kicking rock. We’re also talking about music that has stood the test of time. All of the bands listed here fit the bill. Pantera? c’mon, they defined their own genre of METAL!
    I also would like to say that those of you that constantly get onto the comments, and complain that this or that band/person was forgotten, remember that these type lists are opinion. If you don’t care for the opinion stated, do the research, and submit your own list.
    Finally, for those of you complaining about some of these bands being spokespersons for the right wing party. By comparison, I will take what these individuals have to say over the mindless drivol spurted by morons such as Bono.

  • lo

    25. damien

    “Listverse is a spooky place of equal parts people who take stuff waaayyy too seriously after reading the list intro and buttered squash. I like this game!”

    made me LOL, literally! thanks :)

    i took “a spooky place of equal parts back-woods moonshine and old Civil War mystery.” to be a romantic and atmospheric description of one mood the south can be in, not a literal one. or one saying “the south is NOTHING else but this.” i found it lovely.

    disc, where are you from anyway? i always guessed oklahoma, for some unknown reason.

  • damien_karras

    I’m going to add “The Radiators”. Had some good ass-kickin drinkin shots, suckin down crawfish nights listening to them…

  • Dredoo

    hey you forgot Down ..Pantera even

  • bigski

    ronsantohof-I thought the comment about the midwest was a very good reply to a provocative statement. Very good list,big fan of all these bands. I know it was a hard choice between #1 & #2.

  • lifeschool

    Segue: Scratch that last message: if you saw THESE bands live, you’re A OK. ;) Love this list. Good one!

  • Sarah

    Where’s REM?? They’re from Athens, Georgia.

  • WisconsinDeatTrip

    REM? As mentioned, just because they’re from the south don’t make them a “southern” band. REM could have come out of the East Village.

    Elvis? Give me a break.

    Blackfoot and Molly Hatchet are the two obvious missing bands.

  • my dad grew up in Muscle Shoals (yes the one from the Sweet home alabama) and he once told me he would play cards in Recording studios and one night a band was being too loud while they were playing, the owner of the recording studio got up and told the band to be quiet and my dad asked who it was and the guy told him it was the… Allman Brothers!

  • jpaape

    Even though they actually formed in LA, the Eagles had, what I consider to be, some of the best southern style rock you can find. I think they should at least get an honorable mention.

  • 119. lifeschool: Segue: Scratch that last message:…
    I found absolutely nothing for you to apologize for. What am I missing? :-p

  • Rob

    #100 The Real Deal knows the real deal. The Drive by Truckers are one of the best southern bands out there. Saw them with the Pawtuckets a while back when I was living in Savannah.
    Great show.

  • puckernuts

    fyi try some of these southern rockers
    Screemin cheetah wheelies
    Cry of Love
    Brother Cain
    Drivin and Cryin

    Great List

  • jardojo

    Where the hell is Pantera?!

  • Iain

    ‘And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’ are from Texas – does that count?

  • Maggie

    Are you kidding me that the Eagles did not make this list?!?! They too are mostly from California but that obviously wouldn’t disqualify them. They epitomize Southern Rock and have been doing it succesfully for decades.

  • Peri

    #15 DiscHusker

    “The southern United States is a spooky place of equal parts back-woods moonshine and old Civil War mystery”

    When people talk about the South, this is the image they see. They don’t see the big city-like places Atlanta, Huntsville, Macon, Memphis and Charlotte.

    It is from those spooky, out-of-the-way places in the beautiful Southern hills that the sounds of Southern Rock originated. The sound moved and changed and evolved, but that’s where its roots lie. They didn’t come from the concrete canyons of the cities.

    I’m originally from New England but lived 3/4 of my 40 years in the South. NE is beautiful in the fall, but give me a Carolina rain storm in a summer forest with the Allman Brothers playing in the background and I’m a happy woman.

  • I agree with gav, chloe.valensi & c:
    Kings of Leon should have been on this list !

  • braincake

    zz tops beer drinkers and hell raisers is one of my favorite songs. along with simple man by skynyrd.

    38 special was also a pretty good band in the day.

  • Callie


    “Here’s a clue, if the confederate flag is on display anywhere on stage, it’s a racist band.”

    I like you, but this is an ignorant statement. If I saw a man in the inner city wearing red walking towards a man wearing blue I wouldn’t automatically think I was about to get caught in a gang war.

    I was raised in the north by southern parents who taught me the best of southern values (please, thank you, sir, ma’am, sunday breakfasts, etc) and left the worst southern stereotypes out. I am a well educated, classy young woman, I drive a BMW, not a pickup, and I appreciate the Confederate Flag. I don’t fly it or flaunt it, but likeing it certainly doesn’t make me a racist.

  • Hollis

    What about Kid Rock? I’m not a southener myself, but I think he’s a good example of a good ol’ southern rocker!

    Great list though!

  • YogiBarrister

    Callie #133, here’s my take on the Confederate flag. The actual Confederate flag looks a lot like the American flag with three wide stripes and a blue field with thirteen stars. It looked too much like the Union flag so they created the Stars and Bars to be used in battle. I have no problem with the Confederate flag, but the battle flag disrespects the memory of hundreds of thousands of American troops who gave their lives to preserve our nation. It’s also an aggressive slap in the face to African-Americans whose ancestors were slaves.
    From a purely aesthetic POV, the Stars and Bars is kind of cool looking, but then so is the Nazi flag. It’s become a symbol for bitter, white people who really don’t like the vast majority of Americans because of where they live or because of their ethnicity.

  • YogiBarrister

    Lord Calvert #109, my comment about Charlie Daniels is spot on. He is a tool of the rightwing. He tricks working class white people into voting against their own best interests. It used to work all too well. Fortunately, people in the South are getting hip to this cultural treachery.

  • khen913

    I don’t know if I particularly like the content of this list, but the comments are amazing.
    I like “Southern Rock”, but Elvis and NMAS? Get real.
    Along with about a half dozen other commenters, I do think Kings of Leon should have at least gotten a honorable mention, but they may be too obscure. They have their own sound that is drawing people back into this genre.

  • stuck8

    It’s funny. Just last week I was thinking we needed this list. But I don’t know about this list. Drop Creedence and Elvis, good artist for sure, but neither are Southern Rock at all. It is also a travesty that the Drive-by Truckers are not on this list. They should be in the top 5! Was looking for Blackfoot or Molly Hatchet too, but can understand them not being in the top 10.

  • Sweet Marie

    My husband and I are old enough to know Cody and Luther Dickinson’s father, Jim Dickinson. Cody and Luther being part of the North Mississippi All Stars. We also knew Cassie Gaines who died in the Lynard Synard plane crash, after she left Memphis.

  • Billy

    List has some souther rock bands, but any one of these fits better than half of the list does:
    Wet Willie
    Molly Hatchet
    Amazing Rhythm Aces
    Atlanta Rhythm Section
    Black Crows
    Drive-By Truckers
    Kings of Leon
    Cowboy Mouth
    Dash Rip Rock

  • Brosiusjb

    Not including Elvis on this list would be like not including Yuri Gagaran (first man in space) in a list of greatest astronauts. Say what you want about him, and I agree he is not my favorite (if you read my description of Elvis I am none too glowing in my praise) but this genre is a product of Elvis Presley and what he produced. Elvis would not be on my list of favorite rock bands, much less Southern Rock bands, but the fact remains that he deserves recognition for the course of events he set into motion. The North Mississippi All Stars absolutely deserve to be on this list. They are carrying the torch of southern rock in a proud way.

  • Brosiusjb

    Im going to look into the Drive-By Truckers more. I like what I’ve heard so far but know more about the NMAS as I’ve seen them live at Wakarusa Fest.

  • Brosiusjb

    Im going to look into the Drive-By Truckers more. I like what I’ve heard so far but know more about the NMAS as I’ve seen them live at Wakarusa Fest.

    and it’s Yuri Gagarin, not Gagaran.

  • Brosiusjb

    Stuck8 CCR’s has the quintessential Southern Rock songbook. I mentioned Born on a Bayou but the list goes on ad nauseum: Fortunate Son, Run Through The Jungle, Looking Out My Back Door, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, etc. Not only do they sing southern rock songs but John Fogerty’s voice may be more “southern rock” than Lowell George and Ronnie Van Zant.

  • Mara

    I agree about fighting about someone’s opinion, but come on.

    This list reads like it was written by a twelve year old.

    “but NSYNC and the Back Street Men sucked and they were gorgeous.”

    And honestly. Do you need to put someone else’s music down to get your point across?

  • Silvio
  • slipstick

    I doubt if he’s still reading, but #54 Bucslim:

    I type these in the dark just by feel and what little I can see of the keyboard. I believe that I got my message across even if I mistyped the caliber.

  • redhawtharley

    #146… LOVE The Georgia Satellites.

    The Allman Bros were a good choice for number one. I’m named after one of their songs… ‘Melissa’.

  • Ernmas

    #148…I wasn’t named after the song, my mother had picked out Melissa long before I was conceived…but it did come out around the time I was born.

  • MzFly

    I immeditaly thought Skynyrd would be #1 but I think the Allman Brothers Band is a great choice. However, I also think some great bands were overlooked – Molly Hatchet, George Thurgood in particular.
    ALSO, for everyone saying CCR is not a Souther Rock Band.. WTF?? It’s one of the first examples of Southern Rock I ever heard , from mah daddy :)

  • YogiBarrister

    Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis,
    Pumped a lot of ‘tane down in New Orleans,
    But I never saw the good side of the city,
    Until I hitched a ride on a river boat queen.
    Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river.
    If you come down to the river,
    Bet you gonna find some people who live.
    You don’t have to worry ’cause you have no money,
    People on the river are happy to give.
    Yeah sure, Credence Clearwater Revival isn’t a southern rock band. The naysayers need to come up with at least one song of theirs that doesn’t fit the genre.

  • Lucky

    I’m a huge southern (classic) rock fan. Never heard of North Mississippi All Stars. I checked ’em out.

    Good times, indeed.

  • stuck8

    If some people want to consider CCR and Elvis Southern Rock, that’s fine. Labeling bands is always going to generate disagreements. I checked Wikipedia and Rolling Stone, and neither used Southern Rock to describe CCR. Wikipedia used ‘Swamp Rock’ which I think is pretty accurate. However, I found other sites that said CCR was a pioneer of Southern Rock. They may have some southern themes in their songs, but their sound is just never what I considered Southern Rock. You start labeling Metal bands and you will get the same disagreements. For example, I have never considered Van Halen ‘Metal’, but lots of other people do.

  • Melina

    Looooove The Allman Brothers.

  • bigski

    Anyone who considers Van Halen metal either don`t know what metal is or have never heard Van Halen !

  • lo

    could one of the people who feels the sound of CCR is not southern rock please explain why?

  • Bee

    R.E.M. anyone?

  • Brosiusjb

    Mara– stream of consciousness you pompous hack. I never though making fun of N’SUCK and The Back Street Uncles would touch a nerve– just shows that no matter the offense some idiot will be ready to defend against it. Well I’m the idiot defending the bastion of decent music against incursions from 5 man dancing bands of mid life crises. Mara, I know who you are I’ve seen your face before, I even have it on youtube, habitually defending shitty music. I like your eyelashes.

    As for putting other people’s music down to make my point, YES, Lord in heaven, I will be a vocal critic of the 5 man boy band model of music until the model falls off a shelf and crashes against the floor like my model of Red Baron’s biplane. I guess thats the price of employing undocumented immigrants in your home but fear not, Jing was not a Mexican undocumented immigrant, she was an east Asian undocumented immigrant and she could get careless with the vacuum. There are things in this world that are beyond reproach, boy band is not one among them.

  • Dr.Idiot

    The hospital called your brain is ready. This letter costs $10,000 (canadian) and is not covered by insurance. Maybe you can have one of your man band crushes help you out.
    As always.
    Dr. Idiot

  • Realist

    I think an argument can be made to include some influential southern heavy-metal acts. Down and Corrosion of Conformity off the top of my head have a huge following.

    This also may have been mentioned. I only skimmed the comments.

  • yc

    nice list, inspire me to listen to some rock n´roll.

  • Steelman

    70. YogiBarrister –

    Loving guns or believing in the constitutional right to bear arms does not make one “peace hating”. They are mutually exclusive issues. In fact, I’ve witnessed enough left wing loons, claiming to be “peace-loving”, go into fits of violence during protests. That’s the irony of the left, they claim “peace, love, tolerance and openness”, when they have shown they are quite the opposite.

  • YogiBarrister

    Steelman, I was referring to this incident:
    “Renegade right-winger Ted Nugent recently went on a vicious onstage rant in which he threatened the lives of Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Decked out in full-on camouflage hunting gear, Nugent wielded two machine guns while raging, “Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary,” he continued. “You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.” Nugent summed up his eloquent speech by screaming “freedom!”

    This isn’t the first time Nugent has been caught spewing hatred. Last January, the guitarist caused a scandal for Republican Texas governor Rick Perry when he wore a Confederate flag shirt and insulted immigrants at Perry’s inauguration event. In July, Nugent was quoted in a Wall Street Journal story blaming “stoned, dirty, stinky hippies” for “rising rates of divorce, high school drop-outs, drug use, abortion, sexual diseases and crime, not to mention the exponential expansion of government and taxes.” ROLLING STONE

  • MikeInMaryland

    no Kings of Leon? wtf?

  • Good Nads

    I think Molly Hatchet should have made the list, even though they only made 1 good song(Dreams I’ll Never See). Other than that, it’s perfect.

  • Mara

    The hospital called your brain is ready. This letter costs $10,000 (canadian) and is not covered by insurance. Maybe you can have one of your man band crushes help you out.
    As always.
    Dr. Idiot”

    Wow. That’s amazing. You sure got me there. If your comment wasn’t completely inane and written by an eight year old, I might be offended.

    And.. seeing as we have free health care in Canada.. Wow, you sure did your research. Nice going there, ass.

  • Geni

    I would have liked to have seen Jimmy Buffet and The Outlaws and Stevie Ray Vaughn given some recognition! And being from Jacksonville, Florida, I adamantly feel Lynyrd Skynyrd should have been at #1!

  • stuck8

    Interesting timing on the list. I am sure some others have seen the sad news that Billy Powell, the keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd died yesterday in his home in Jacksonville. His keyboards were a very important part of their sound.

  • stuck8

    As for why I don’t include CCR? Southern Rock to me was bands like Lynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker, The Outlaws, Elvin Bishop, Black Oak Arkansas. But defining a branch of rock is very nebulous. For example, I found this site, which has a pretty good definition that I agree with. “…musical style marked by hard rock guitar, boogie rhythms, and lyrics about the cultural and historical heritage of the South..” But then this site goes on to talk about AC DC, Def Leppard??? Give me a break! So everyone is going to have different thoughts on this. To me CCR did not have the driving guitars, the Southern Twang in the vocals, and the general attitude that I associated with Southern Rock. Plus they were not even from the South. Although being from the South does not make you Southern Rock either. Jimmy Buffet and REM have been mentioned. I love both these bands, but to me both of them are as far away from Southern Rock as Def Leppard. And as mentioned, as for the new breed. The Drive-by Truckers fit perfectly.

  • Lindsey

    No .38 Special? Sad..sad. However, Allman Brothers right over Skynyrd? Nice touch. :)

  • emmstein

    Pantera!!! Also, anything with Phil Anselmo in it..

  • Nicosia

    This is all the stuff that’s in my ipod! Marshall Tucker’s “Fire on the Mountain” is one of my faves, and to Good Nads- what about “Flirting with Disaster”?

    CCR is good, but only in small doses… John Fogerty’s voice can be grating after a while. I’d replace them with .38 Special.

    Time to grab my shotgun and check my moonshine still!

  • Cambrexia

    Yeah! I listen to bits and pieces of most of these.

    And that is a beautiful picture of Elvis.

  • howie13

    What!!!! No Molly Hatchet?? Them Florida boys’ll be huntin you down!! Surprised to not see 38 Special as well. Good list, definite kudos on NMA inclusion, one of the best blues/ rock bands I’ve ever heard, this coming from a Memphis native. Their albums Hernando and Electric Blue Watermelon kick ass- check them out on Myspace

  • SPMuck

    What a about Black Oak Arkansas?

    • mike mcgilvry

      yeah i love me some black oak. by the way i think skynyrd is overrated. i realize i’ll be in the minority with that opinion

  • Brian


    Try not to inject too much intelligence into southern rock. It would completely defeat the purpose. It’s just simple meant to be enjoyed and make you feel good. And it does!

  • jDage

    Very nice to see Little Feat included!

  • Shannow

    Drive-By Truckers

  • Ty S

    Kings of Leon and The Black Keys would fits this list quite well – both of which also sound just as good (if not better) live than on CD, nor do they filter or balance their music

  • Ashley R

    my moms favorite band of all time is Lynyrd Skynyrd. i KNEW they’d be on here! and if they werent i was gonna be mad haha. i love them…and they’re the reason i might be moving out of michigan! YAY (their music motivated my mom to leave this godforsaken state haha)

  • PD

    Are the people who put this group together wacked or what. I mean…REALLY…Creedence, David Allen Cole, ELvis…Southern Rock? Apparently who ever put this group of 10 together does not know and understand what Southern Rock is all about nor do I believe people who put this group of 10 together are from the “southern rock” states

  • Dudes

    what about Pantera?

  • JES

    I know they are from California, but as far as “style” goes, I have always considered the Eagles to be Southern Rock. So is Alabama, despite their Country label.

  • Clay

    ELvis? seriously? You passed up bands like Molly Hatchet band The outlaws, .38 Special, Ted Nuggent? WTF? I agree with most picks, but Elvis, Little Feet, and The North Mississippi Alll Stars need to go… id say replace them with Molly Hatchet, .38 Speecial, and either The Drive by Truckers or Ted Nuggent…. and if you doubt Ted is southern rock, listen to Great white Buffalo or Stranglehold and reconsider

    • jackdaniels63

      Little Feat rocks son.

  • Luke

    This could be the worst list ever!! How can anybody put David Allen Coe ahead of CCR, and then you put Elvis on this list??????Really, Do you know anything about Southern Rock????? Im pretty sure you have about 5 right here on this list, Allman Brothers, Skynard, CCR, Marshall Tucker Band, ZZ Top, and other than these 5, your absolutely CRAZY!!!!!! How about Blue Oyster Cult, or Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, or Fleetwood Mac….If that is not Good Southern Rock, I don’t know what is????

    • jackdaniels63

      Fleetwood Mac is NOT southern rock….maybe southern california.

  • Amy

    It’s was more about the sound than the location: Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd (I never spell that right) Charlie Daniels Band, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker Band (lots of bands back then) CCR, Eagles, Steve Miller Band, Little Feat, .38 Special, Outlaws, Elvin Bishop. Many of these artists aren’t really from the South.

  • totalstranger

    Blackfoot, Molly hatchet, .38 Special and take off Elvis, NMA, and Coe(country)

  • Joe the egg

    Rebel Meets Rebel

  • Babis from Greece

    Molly Hatchet and 38 Special belong at the top. And of course Black Oak Arkansas.

  • khadfa

    how is elvis a band?

  • bigeskynyrdfan

    Can’t belive Molly Hatchett is not on the list. Flirtin w/Disaster, Fall of the Peacemakers, Gator Country, Dream I’ll Never See, Bounty Hunter. You need to listen to these songs again



  • CLG3

    I applaud the Creedence inclusion, as a southerner myself. I’d rank ’em even higher, truth be told. For the guy who says he doesn’t consider Creedence southern rock but DOES consider Skynyrd, just remember: Ronnie Van Zant cited Creedence as his primary influence. Heck, CCR’s rock is more southern than many actually from down here. Don’t just think about “Born on the Bayou” or “Proud Mary”. Take a listen to some of their lesser known stuff like “Tombstone Shadow”, “Bootleg”, “Graveyard Train” and “Keep on Chooglin” and tell me they don’t sound like worthy southern rock songs!

  • belgiansouthener

    What about The Outlaws (they really should be in the list), 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Dickey Betts & The Great Southern, Wet Willy, Drive-By Truckers, LeRoux, Grinderswitch, Henry Paul Band, Dixie Dreggs, Doc Holliday, etc …
    Next time lets make a Top 50 instead of a Top 10.
    I don’t think Elvis should be in this list and although I love Little Feat, I don’t consider them a Southern Band.
    You should also try some less known great Southern Rockers such as Blackberry Smoke, Zach Williams & The Reformation, Judge Parker, Dirty Sweet, Five Horse Johnson, …

  • Dick

    Here’s a shameless plug! For you lovers of Southern Rock, 3 of the top 10 Southern Rock bands will be together onstage at Long Island Southern Jam 2010 on May 22, 2010 at Overlook Beach in Babylon, NY.

    The Marshall Tucker Band
    Molly Hatchet
    The Outlaws
    Blackberry Smoke
    The Chris Hicks Band

    Bands will join in on an all band jam fest between sets!

    Will be one hell of a rock show! Dont Miss It!

  • Will Trame

    This was an excellent list. The Allman Brothers were a perfect example of Southern blues. I believe that Gregg Allman stated that one of his influences was Little Milton. The Marshall Tucker Band were definitely undervalued. In addition to “Heard It In A Love Song”, I loved their tunes “Can’t You See” and “Take The Highway”. One of the few bands to utilize the flute. Little Feat, too, were under-appreciated. Although I prefer the Lowell George era, their entire catalogue is worth checking out, but I would recommend anything after 1988’s “Let It Roll” to hardcore Feat aficionados only. ZZ Top were phenomenal. Even though I didn’t care for some of their late 80s output, they provided a fine amalgam of blues-laced rock. It is an apt testament to their talent that they are perhaps the one band that has existed for over 40 years with the original line-up intact.

    Notable omissions:

    38 Special
    The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    Molly Hatchet
    The Outlaws

  • Keith

    Hate to break it to everyone but CCR is not a southern Rock band. John Fogerty tried to steal Howlin” Wolfs voice and got all of his lyrics by watching TV and pretending to be southern. CCR is a hell of a band, but they are southern/blues/country in STYLE only. They could never have written with the honesty of a Lynyrd Skynyrd or the soul of Muddy Waters. Like putting a skirt on a dog and calling it a girl.

  • Scott

    Skynyrd should be no# 1 – period.

  • Scott

    No Molly Hatchet? WTF????????

  • rob-o

    where the hell is black foot they should be number 1

  • GringoStarr

    Can I recommend an amazing 3 piece of Canadian musicians based out of Austin?


    3 albums (Y. U. So Shady, Cup of Cold Poison, and Good as Dead) to be the soundtrack to your next bar fight.

    During their 2009 Canadian tour, they were kicked off stage for being too loud, and hadn’t even accessed the venues PA system.

    Check out and turn your speakers up nice and loud.

  • Ahh, Creedence Clearwater Revival. That's one of my favorite bands of all time. So lyrically and musically talented, and such calming songs that can brighten anyone's day. I was refreshed to see them honored on this list!

  • Levi Cordoroy

    CCR should be number one and the eagles should be in the list!

  • RockBanditPhil

    You are on crack, putting CCR at 10. They are #1 in my honest opinion.

  • Chris

    Outlaws should be on list.

  • Andrew

    Molly Hatchet? Derek Trucks?

  • sensesend

    A somewhat obscure southern band that got lost in the mix was White Witch out of Tampa, FL in the early 1970's. Stylistically, they covered a lot of ground, but you could hear the southern influence even in their more glam and prog rock-leaning tunes.

    And since I'm here, I'd add Southern Culture on the Skids for consideration. "Dirt Track Date" is a great album from start to finish. Also, the Rev. Billy C. Wirtz may be a solo act with a few too many jokes in his act for purists, but the guy can flat-out play piano with some of the best.

  • jackdaniels63

    North Mississippi All-Stars? Never heard of ’em. Molly Hatchet “Dreams I’ll Never See”

  • HEN

    Elvis by himself is as band?

    Kentucky Headhunters have not even been mentioned in the comments yet.

  • Martin

    i think the drive by truckers should receive at least an honorable mention!!

  • You forgot Danny Joe Brown/Molly Hatchet!

  • Paulo

    Were´s 38 Special here ???????

  • Doug Peters

    .38 special belongs in the top 5. Period. You blew it !!!!!

  • NO OUTLAWS ???!!! The Outlaws put out one of the greatest southern rock music songs ever “Green Grass And High Tides”. Listen to the 20+ minute version on their live album “Bringin’ It Back Alive” it makes “Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd sound like the theme to the Mickey Mouse Club.

  • Gypsy

    Love #3 and your appreciation of them but…they’re an “LA” band. Although Billy is from Texas, Sam & Kenny from Louisiana (and now Fred from Arkansas), the band was formed in L.A. whence Lowell and Paul hail and Richie(Iowa) and Billy hooked up.

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  • David

    I think Little Feat should be at a lower position than No. 3. You said the reason you place Creedence Clearwater Revival at No. 10 is because they hailed from out west in the USA. Well, I would just like to let you know that Little Feat were like CCR in that they were sounded spiritually like a South band, singing about bayous, the Mississippi, etc. and also hailed from out west.

  • petet2112

    Here are 2 names for you for Southern Rock Bands……….Blackfoot and Grinderswitch

  • yeah

    “This is one of the most
    played bands of all time”

    they’re played all right played outy

    worst poodle-perms EVER

  • brainbox

    = retard rock

  • Drew

    Cannot believe bands like Little Feet, Steve Earle, Black Oak Arkanasaw, Ram Jamor Molly Hatchet did not make the list as well as the Black Crowes. Plus Lynyrd Skynyrd is southern Rock. As for the future I see Blackberry Smoke being added to the list.

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