Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs & Biggest Hits – Top 10 All-Time

Last Updated: May 30, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is commonly categorized as a rock band. However, they incorporate many different styles including blues, country, and also 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.

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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.

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Best Lynyrd Skynyrd Songs List

#1 Sweet Home Alabama
Released in 1974
On Album Second Helping
The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 being their highest charting single.

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

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#2 Free Bird
Released in 1974
On 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 is the band’s first charting single.

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

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#3 Simple Man
Released in 1973
On Album Pronounced ‘l?h-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd

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

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#4 Gimme Three Steps
Released in 1973
On Album (Pronounced ‘L?h-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)

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

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#5 Tuesday’s Gone
Released in 1973
On Album (pronounced ‘l?h-‘nérd ‘skin-‘nérd)

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

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6# What’s Your Name
Released in 1977
On Album Street Survivors

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

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#7 That Smell
Released in 1977
On Album Street Survivors

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

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#8 The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Released in 1974
On Album Second Helping

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

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#9 Saturday Night Special
Released in 1975
On Album Nuthin’ Fancy

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

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#10 Call Me The Breeze
Released in 1974
On Album Second Helping
The song was originally released by JJ Cale in 1972.

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

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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

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