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Top Ten Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs

Updated on November 11, 2014
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Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of those bands that, if you're from the South, is practically imprinted into your DNA. There's just no way around it. If you're from the Southern US and you don't like them, you're probably adopted. (Just kidding... or am I?)

They are one of those bands that I grew up with and continue to listen to. I know most of their songs by heart and can tell the title within the first bar or two of the song, they're just that distinctive. And real Southerners get really pissed off when people spell the name of the band wrong. Seriously. I could cost you life or limb, so don't do it!

I do know that Skynyrd has had some revivals, but I don't know much about their music after the 1977 plane crash that killed half the band. So all of the songs on this list were recorded prior to their deaths.

These songs are in no particular order. If I've left a song out or if you just have an ax to grind, feel free to comment. We can settle it with or without light sabers!

Note: That Smell is not on this list because I can't listen to it without cracking up. Even if it's not supposed to be funny.

10. Tuesday's Gone

"And I don't know, oh, where I'm goin'. I just want to be left alone. When this train ends, I'll try again. I'm leavin' my woman at home."

I wonder if the dude that wrote this was bi-polar because, with the exception of leaving my woman at home (!!), I want to pick up and run off sometimes, too.

"Train rolls on I can't change, I can't change..." This is a recurring theme in Skynyrd's music, and one I can definitely relate to, even if I have done a lot of changing in the last few years.

Note: No, I still haven't forgiven Metallica for covering this song. I think that classic rock should be left the hell alone. Do you hear me, Limp Bizkit?

Lynyrd Skynyrd Tuesday's Gone Video (Recorded Live In 1977

9. Simple Man

This is another great song and classic Skynyrd.

"And be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand. Baby be a simple kind of man. Oh, won't you do this for me son if you can?"

All his mom wants from him is to keep his life simple and be what the world needs him to be. She tells him not to be swayed by temptation and to do the right thing.

Maybe things would be different in this world if we all tried to live that kind of life?

Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Video (Non Official)

8. Call Me The Breeze

This is another song about being free and sticking to who you are.

"I ain't got me nobody. I don't carry me no load. Ain't no change in the weather. Ain't no changes in me."

Some people have said that these two themes appear too often in Skynyrd's music, but I think it's a message that the writer wanted heard. He is who he is and he isn't going to apologize for it. These songs say "Love me, anyway." And we do.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Call Me The Breeze Video

7. The Ballad of Curtis Loew

Curtis Loew was a black man that sat on the corner playing the blues for wine money. This is a great example of Lynyrd Skynyrd storytelling. It's a sad and sweet tale all at the same time.

"On the day old Curtis died, nobody came to pray. Ol' preacher said some words, and they chunked him in the clay. But he lived a lifetime playin' the black man's blues. And on the day he lost his life, that's all he had to lose."

I've often thought that I'd love for Curtis Loew to play for me once or twice.

Lynyrd Skynyrd The Ballad of Curtis Loew Video (Non Official)

6. Saturday Night Special

Somebody's gonna get it on Saturday night. Especially if liquor's involved:

"Hand guns are made for killin'. Ain't no good for nothin' else. And if you like your whiskey. You might even shoot yourself."

Is this a story or social commentary? It seems relevant right now with all of the gun control and wrongful death stories in the media. Maybe Skynyrd were thirty years ahead of their time?

Lynyrd Skynyrd Saturday Night Special Video (Non Official)

5. You Got That Right

This song just makes me feel good, but it isn't as "Skynyrd-y" as some of their music. In fact, the beginning of the song almost sounds more like the Eagles than Skynyrd. It also kind of smacks of what pop-rock would become in the eighties. It does make you want to get out of your chair and dance around the living room.

I still love the message, though.

"Seems so long I been out on my own, travel light and I'm always alone. Guess I was born with a travellin' bone. When my times up, I'll hold my own. You won't find me in an old folks home."

Here we go a wandering again.

Seriously, though, I don't want to be in an old folk's home, either.

Lynyrd Skynyrd You Got That Right Video (Non Official)

4. Swamp Music

"Hound dog sing that swamp, swamp, swamp, swamp music."

Yes he do.

This song goes all the way from fishing for bream to "go on to the city, I'ma sit here and hang out."

"Well, I'd rather live with the hound dogs for the rest of my natural born life."

There aren't too many songs that can actually give the listener a sense of what it's like to love living in the country. I'll take the peace and quiet, too. Even if the dogs do get to barking once in a while.

Lynyrd Skynyrd Swamp Music Video (Non Official)

3. Sweet Home Alabama

This one and my number two song are the most well known of Skynyrd's songs. I think they really are imprinted on our DNA as Southerners, and I bet there are plenty of kids that learn to sing these songs before they can even form complete sentences.

My favorite line?

"Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her. Well, I heard ole Neil put her down. Well, I hope Neil Young will remember, a southern man don't need him around anyhow."

This song did add a lot of fuel to the "Is Lynyrd Skynyrd racist" question but, if you listen to the lyrics, it's a lot more complicated than that. Just because they used the "stars and bars" didn't meant that they were skinheads. Quite the opposite, in fact.


2. Free Bird

A lot of us are Free Birds, we just don't recognize it. I'm one of those folks who thrives on change, and as much as I might bitch about it, I kind of like pulling up stakes and heading to another state or two (or five?). Maybe there is a little bit of Valkyrie in me.

"But, if I stayed here with you girl, things just couldn't be the same. Cause I'm as free as a bird now, and this bird you'll never change."

I wonder how many rednecks (and I mean this with love and respect) had or will have this song played at their funerals?


Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird Video Live 1975

1. Gimme Three Steps

Before you start thinking you're gonna get on me because neither Free Bird nor Sweet Home Alabama were my number one song, remember who you're talkin' to, son. :P

"He said, 'Hey there fellow with the hair colored yellow - what you tryin' to prove? 'Cause that's my woman there and I'm a man who cares and this might be all for you.'"

Gimme Three Steps is one of my all time favorite songs. I can just see the dude shaking in his shoes while starting straight down the barrel of a .44. I can also see him running like hell when he finally does get the chance. I also have a few choice words for Linda Lou.

I think I love this song so much because it tells a story, and a funny one at that. Or, not so funny, if you're the guy asking for three steps!

Lynyrd Skynyrd Gimme Three Steps Live 1977

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    • benisan85745 profile image

      Ka'imi'loa 

      5 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      Didn't he die last year??? Anyboos, I look forward to reading about it on your page...be safe and good night girl.

    • Georgie Lowery profile imageAUTHOR

      GH Price 

      5 years ago from North Florida

      The metal band... lol. R.I.P. Peter Steele!

    • benisan85745 profile image

      Ka'imi'loa 

      5 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      The blood type, or the heavy metal band from N.Y.

    • Georgie Lowery profile imageAUTHOR

      GH Price 

      5 years ago from North Florida

      Ms Apprentice! I think I like it. I just hope The Donald doesn't come along and tell me I'm fired!

      I've never dipped real oranges in chocolate, but I love those dark chocolate orange candy things that you can only find around Christmas. Nummy!

      ps. I've moved away from Skynyrd tonight, I have to get some serious work done. I'm on to Down and Corrosion of Conformity with a side of Type O Negative!

      Aloha! :)

    • benisan85745 profile image

      Ka'imi'loa 

      5 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      I just got an approval from Ms. Apprentice...Ouch! Jump back, let me kiss myself! Congrats, and yes, Raspberries and Chocolate have always been a mix I have loved for the longest, and also dipping Orange slices in melted Chocolate as well....

      Now enjoy those Skynyrd songs....

    • Georgie Lowery profile imageAUTHOR

      GH Price 

      5 years ago from North Florida

      Benisan,

      You're okay with me, even if you do eat raspberries. :D

    • benisan85745 profile image

      Ka'imi'loa 

      5 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      "Gimme Back My Bullets", is all time favorite of mine. "You Got That Right", is another one of my favorites. "Every Mother's Son", is awesome tune. The song "Trust", is a kick ass bar song or get together with friends grilling meat. "Cry For The Bad Man", killer song. "All I Can Do Is Write About It", is a song to ponder to. "Was I Right Or Wrong", very outlaw-ish. "I Need You", extremely great for traveling.

      "On The Hunt", enough said, awesome song. And to end this list of Skynyrd, "Am I Losing"

    • Georgie Lowery profile imageAUTHOR

      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      Alastar Packer,

      What an awesome memory! I would have loved to have seen them. Seriously.

      This band is one that I hope will always be mentioned when people are talking about good, classic music. I don't ever want them to fade away!

      Thanks for the comment!

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Georgie, I like your selections, commentary and vids! I know Robert Kearns mom- the bassist for the band who just left. She told me once Robert said he had to kick tons of keys to the side that the ladies would throw up on stage. He's a moral guy and not into that scene. Also saw Lynyrd Skynyrd perform as a young teen when they opened for the Who in Atlanta-- Dec 1973. Man! they blew everybody away that night in Hotlanta!

    • Georgie Lowery profile imageAUTHOR

      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      Mama Kim 8,

      Only Sweet Home Alabama??!! Well, Skynyrd is definitely worth the investment of your time. I promise!

      Thank you! :)

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      Great choices Georgie ^_^ I have to admit though.. the only lynyrd skynyrd song I knew before reading through this hub was sweet home alabama ^_^ but I'm a young california girl (now oregon girl)... sorry. Now that I've listened to these though I have to say I do enjoy them very much ^_^ Voted up! Oh and your music reviews are great!

    • Georgie Lowery profile imageAUTHOR

      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      catfish33,

      No problem I dearly love songs that tell stories. My other favorite classic rock "story" song is Doolin' Dalton by The Eagles. Maybe it will make a list one day soon.

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      Jeffrey Yelton 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      I love the Ballad of Curtis Loew so much. Thank you for putting it on the list.

    • Georgie Lowery profile imageAUTHOR

      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      Mhatter99,

      It's what I grew up on and it makes me happy. Glad you like it too and thank you for commenting! :)

    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Now this is southern music! thanks

    • Georgie Lowery profile imageAUTHOR

      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      YAY! I finally wrote a music Hub that billybuc liked! ;)

      Thanks for the comment. :)

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heck, Georgie, you don't even have to be from the South to love this band. Great music for a bunch of rednecks! LOL Good list, great music!

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