Determining the top Southern Rock Songs is not an argument to be won or lost. Rather, it is a lively discussion between friends and musicians to be explored again and again.
I have decided to let emotion take sway here and give you the first five top southern rock songs that pop into my head. Because, as I learned long ago taking tests in school, your first answer is almost always right.
Coming in at number five, I have, “Hold on Loosely” by 38 Special. This song grabs hold of you in the first two bars and won’t let go. The vocal in the verse sucks you in deeper, and just builds intensity into the chorus. Finally, when you don’t think you can take anymore, they break into a blistering guitar solo at the end.
At number four, “Can’t You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band. Anyone who ever has loved and lost can appreciate this classic. And, there’s nothing better than listening to a group of jilted musicians sink their teeth into this tune. The haunting flute and subtle percussion, naively lead you into Toy Caldwell’s thumb picked distorted Les Paul.
“Freebird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. I know this starts out a little slow, but that is just to set you up for the freight train that is gathering speed down the tracks. Get your lighters out and wait for it, it’s coming. This song is a true icon on the 70’s and the southern rock genre in general. If the end of this song did not grind your brain into mush, then I guess you missed the point.
“Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Turn it up! The seminal guitar lick opening this track is recognized around the world. This is a song that reeks with Southern pride and defiance. Many folks will have this composition at the top of their list and you won’t see me argue too hard with them.
And (drum roll please) at number one, “Whipping Post” by the Allman Brothers Band. If you don’t understand why I selected this monster classic number one, then get a copy of “Allman Brothers Band, Live at Fillmore East” turn up the volume and take a good hard listen. If Greg Allman is not the voice of Southern Rock; then I don’t know who is. Hopefully you been blessed and had the opportunity to see the band perform this in person. Take me now Lord, I’m ready.