Lynyrd Skynyrd was a Southern rock band that formed in the late 1960s. At the top of their career in 1977, a plane crash claimed the lives of three members of the band, including Ronnie Van Zant (lead vocalist and songwriter), Steve Gaines (guitarist) and Cassie Gaines (backup singer). The band had many hits that are still loved today. Continue reading to learn the top five hits by this Southern rock band.
Sweet Home Alabama (1974)
This was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first and only hit that made it into the Top 10. This song was written in response to Neil Young’s two anti-slavery songs. Although the lyrics would make one think that the band was pro-slavery, this is not the case. This song was in a variety of movies, including “Forest Gump”, “Crimson Tide” and “Con Air”.
Free Bird (1973)
Free Bird is probably the most known song of the band. It was used as the finale song in their concerts and achieved the number 3 ranking on Guitar World’s Greatest Guitar Solos. The song was the band’s longest song, lasting well over 14 minutes at most concerts. This song was featured in the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as a variety of video games and films.
Gimme Three Steps (1973)
Gimme Three Steps is a song that talks about a man “cuttin’ the rug” with another’s man’s woman. When the woman’s man sees them, he runs for the door rather than fight. This song went against so many other songs from this genre that were about never backing down.
That Smell (1977)
This famous song was written in response to Gary Rossington’s car wreck. Gary had just purchased a new car and had gotten drunk and crashed it into a tree. Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant along with Allen Collins wrote this song because they were upset about Rossington’s drug and alcohol problems. This song was featured in “Joe Dirt”, “True Blood” and a variety of other movies and television shows.
Saturday Night Special (1975)
Saturday Night Special addressed gun control. The song talks about several different ways that the cheap handguns from that age along with impulsiveness resulted in violence. The lyrics include a home intruder getting shot, a poker game gone bad and an accidental shooting on oneself while intoxicated. This song has been featured in a variety of television shows and movies, including “Supernatural”, “The Walking Dead” and “Blue Collar”.
Although the band had a short career due to the plane crash, their songs are still enjoyed by people around the world. If you have never listened to the band, check them out. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy their songs.
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