Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs List for a Southern Rock Wedding Playlist

Updated November 27, 2023, 2022 | Author: Matthew Campbell

Lynyrd Skynyrd is commonly categorized as a rock band. However, they incorporate many different styles including blues, country, and southern rock. The band was originally formed in 1964. However, the band was devastated by the passing of three band members in a plane crash in 1977.

top lynyrd skynyrd songs

Original band members killed in the crash were Ronnie Van Zant – lead singer, Steve Gaines – guitarist/vocalist, and Cassie Gaines – vocalist. The surviving band members include Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Ed King, Billy Powell, Bob Burns, and Artimus Pyle.

Many of the surviving band members got back together in 1987 and continue to rock to this day. They are led by Johnny Van Zant, brother of Ronnie Van Zant, who passed in the plane crash.

Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Rolling Stone Magazine thinks so too as they ranked the band at #95 on their list.

Best Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs List

#1 Sweet Home Alabama
Released in 1974 on the album Second Helping

The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 being their highest charting single.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord I’m comin’ home to you

#2 Free Bird
Released in 1974 on the album (pronounced ‘l?h-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd)

Free Bird is one of the greatest guitar riffs in rock and roll history. The song reached 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the band’s first charting single.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

If I stay here with you, girl
Things just couldn’t be the same
‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now
And this bird you cannot change

#3 Simple Man
Released in 1973 on the album Pronounced ‘l?h-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it’ll help you
Some sunny day

#4 Gimme Three Steps
Released in 1973 on the album (Pronounced ‘L?h-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Big and bad, Lord
Pointin’ that gun on me
Oh, wait a minute, mister
I didn’t even kiss her

#5 Tuesday’s Gone
Released in 1973 on the album (pronounced ‘l?h-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd)

Lyrics To Inspire You:

The train roll on
A many miles from my home, see I’m
I’m riding my blues away


6# What’s Your Name
Released in 1977 on the album Street Survivors

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Can I get you a taxi home
It sure was grand
When I come back here next year
I want to see you again

#7 That Smell
Released in 1977 on the album Street Survivors

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Can’t you smell that smell
Ooooh that smell
The smell of death surrounds you

#8 The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Released in 1974 on the album Second Helping

Lyrics To Inspire You:

On the day old Curtis died nobody came to pray
Ol’ preacher said some words and they chunked him in the clay
Well 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

#9 Saturday Night Special
Released in 1975 on the album Nuthin’ Fancy

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Mr. Saturday night special
Got a barrel that’s blue and cold
Ain’t good for nothin
But put a man six feet in a hole

#10 Call Me The Breeze
Released in 1974 on the album Second Helping

The song was originally released by JJ Cale in 1972.

Lyrics To Inspire You:

Ain’t no changes in me
And I ain’t hidin’ from nobody
Nobody’s hidin’ from me
Oh, that’s the way its supposed to be

Lynyrd Skynyrd Highest-Charting Singles


  • #8 Sweet Home Alabama, 1974
  • #13 What’s Your Name?, 1977
  • #19 Free Bird, 1974
  • #27 Saturday Night Special, 1975
  • #69 You Got That Right, 1978
  • #80 Double Trouble, 1976

U.S. Mainstream Rock

  • #2 Smokestack Lightning, 1991
  • #6 Good Lovin’s Hard to Find, 1993
  • #10 Keeping the Faith, 1991
  • #12 Truck Drivin’ Man, 1987
  • #16 Swamp Music, 1988
  • #22 Travelin’ Man, 1997

Have a favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd song? Please share your song below in the comments!

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I have always had a love for music and the way it makes you feel. My passion grew for wedding celebrations with years as a wedding DJ. Now, as a wedding music planner, I research popular and unique wedding songs to create personalized playlists for couples and help wedding pros curate crowd-cheering music. Let’s get the party started! – Read More About Me

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