country music The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists  

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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 to dreaded switch to play rock. However, many of the best country bands made the switch from rock to play country-infused 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 the likes of 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.  

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. (200 items)

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The Eagles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 
                    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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Mark Knopfler 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Emmylou Harris 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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The Allman Brothers Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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The Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Willie Nelson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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The Marshall Tucker Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Waylon Jennings 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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John Fogerty 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Alabama 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Elvis Presley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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The Doobie Brothers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Steve Earle 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Zac Brown Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Bob Dylan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Linda Ronstadt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Blue Rodeo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Stevie Nicks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Gram Parsons 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Don Henley 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Shania Twain 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Sheryl Crow 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Poco 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Charlie Daniels 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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George Strait 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Dixie Chicks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Traveling Wilburys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Olivia Newton-John 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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38 Special 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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The Outlaws 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Hank Williams, Jr. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Keith Urban 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Pure Prairie League 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Eric Church 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Bruce Springsteen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Blake Shelton 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Brantley Gilbert 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Kris Kristofferson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Bon Jovi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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The Flying Burrito Brothers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Conway Twitty 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Rascal Flatts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Kid Rock 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Reba McEntire 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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Ozark Mountain Daredevils 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists

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The Highwaymen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists