10. Creedence Clearwater Revival
True, they are from California. And while John Fogerty’s variations on “Proud Mary” weren’t exactly “Southern”— they certainly seemed possessed by Southern lyrics while Southern stories told of a man fleeing big-city life for the virtues of a blue-collar existence along the river reminded us of Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn. CCR’s triumph was capturing a kind of swampy Delta soul. From a songwriting perspective, “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.
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