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

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Creedence Clearwater Revival 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Creedence Clearwater Revival Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul Swamp pop

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Lynyrd Skynyrd 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Lynyrd Skynyrd Outlaw country, Blues-rock Boogie rock

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Johnny Cash 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music Americana

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Mark Knopfler 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Mark Knopfler Celtic rock, Blues-rock Rock music

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

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The Allman Brothers Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Allman Brothers Band Blues-rock, Boogie rock Rock music

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The Band 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Band Americana, Blues-rock Rock music

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Willie Nelson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana Traditional pop music

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

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Waylon Jennings 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock Progressive country

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John Fogerty 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
John Fogerty Americana, Blues-rock Swamp pop

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

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

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The Doobie Brothers 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
The Doobie Brothers Swamp pop, Heartland rock Rock music

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

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

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Bob Dylan 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bob Dylan Blues-rock, Rock music Folk music

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

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Blue Rodeo 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Blue Rodeo Country rock

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Stevie Nicks 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music Rock music

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Linda Ronstadt 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music Latin American music

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

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

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

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Sheryl Crow 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Sheryl Crow Blues-rock, Pop music Rock music

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

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Charlie Daniels 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Charlie Daniels Outlaw country, Rock music Country rock

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

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

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Traveling Wilburys 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Traveling Wilburys Heartland rock, Rock music Folk rock

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Olivia Newton-John 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music Soft rock

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38 Special 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
38 Special Blues-rock, Boogie rock Rock music

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

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

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

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

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

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Bruce Springsteen 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock Heartland rock

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

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

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Kris Kristofferson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Kris Kristofferson Outlaw country, Rock music Folk music

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Bon Jovi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Bon Jovi Glam metal, Blues-rock Rock music

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

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

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Rascal Flatts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Rascal Flatts Adult contemporary music, Country pop Pop music

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Kid Rock 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Country Rock Bands and Artists
Kid Rock Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop Nu metal

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

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

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