Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American Southern rock band, described by All Music Guide's Stephen Thomas Erlewine as "the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious, Southern image and a hard rock swagger."

The band reached prominence during the 1970s, under the leadership of vocalist and primary songwriter Ronnie Van Zant, until his death in 1977.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd ( LEN-ərd SKIN-ərd) is an American rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida. The group originally formed as My Backyard in 1964 and comprised Ronnie Van Zant (lead vocalist), Gary Rossington (guitar), Allen Collins (guitar), Larry Junstrom (bass guitar) and Bob Burns (drums). The band spent five years touring small venues under various names and with several lineup changes before deciding on "Lynyrd Skynyrd" in 1969. The band released its first album in 1973, having settled on a lineup that included bassist Leon Wilkeson, keyboardist Billy Powell and guitarist Ed King. Burns left and was replaced by Artimus Pyle in 1974. King left in 1975 and was replaced by Steve Gaines in 1976. At the height of their fame in the 1970s, the band popularized the Southern rock genre with songs such as "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". After releasing five studio albums and one live album, the band's career was abruptly halted on October 20, 1977, when their chartered airplane crashed, killing Van Zant, Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines, and seriously injuring the rest of the band.

Lynyrd Skynyrd reformed in 1987 for a reunion tour with Ronnie's brother Johnny Van Zant as lead vocalist. They continue to tour and record with co-founder Rossington (the band's sole continuous member), Johnny Van Zant, and Rickey Medlocke, who first wrote and recorded with the band from 1971 to 1972 before his return in 1996. In January 2018, Lynyrd Skynyrd announced its farewell tour, and continue touring as of October 2019. Members are also working on their fifteenth album.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Lynyrd Skynyrd No. 95 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, 2006. To date, the band has sold more than 28 million records in the United States.

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1973(pronounced ’lĕh‐’nérd ’skin‐’nérd)Lynyrd Skynyrd4.5514
1974Second HelpingLynyrd Skynyrd4.1513
1975Nuthin’ FancyLynyrd Skynyrd3.58
1976Gimme Back My BulletsLynyrd Skynyrd3.7513
1977Street SurvivorsLynyrd Skynyrd49
19911991Lynyrd Skynyrd2.754
1993The Last RebelLynyrd Skynyrd2.52
1994Endangered SpeciesLynyrd Skynyrd35
1997TwentyLynyrd Skynyrd2.653
1999Edge of ForeverLynyrd Skynyrd22
2000Christmas Time AgainLynyrd Skynyrd23
2003Vicious CycleLynyrd Skynyrd1.654
2009God & GunsLynyrd Skynyrd36
2012Last of a Dyin’ BreedLynyrd Skynyrd37
2019Transmission ImpossibleLynyrd Skynyrd2

Album + Compilation

1978Skynyrd’s First and… LastLynyrd Skynyrd3
1979Gold & PlatinumLynyrd Skynyrd4.57
1987Best of the RestLynyrd Skynyrd1
1987LegendLynyrd Skynyrd1
1989Skynyrd's Innyrds: Their Greatest HitsLynyrd Skynyrd2.655
1991The Definitive Lynyrd Skynyrd CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd41
1993A RetrospectiveLynyrd Skynyrd2
1993The Best of Lynynd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd1
1994Free Bird... The Very BestLynyrd Skynyrd2
1994Legends of Rock: The Best of Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd1
1997What's Your NameLynyrd Skynyrd1
1997Old Time GreatsLynyrd Skynyrd22
1997Sweet Home AlabamaLynyrd Skynyrd1
1997Sweet Home Alabama - BestLynyrd Skynyrd1
1998The Essential Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd5
1998Skynyrd's First: The Complete Muscle Shoals AlbumLynyrd Skynyrd4.651
1998Classic SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd1
1998Extended Versions: The Encore CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd11
1998Southern RockLynyrd Skynyrd1
199920th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd52
2000All Time Greatest HitsLynyrd Skynyrd52
2000Then and NowLynyrd Skynyrd2
2000Double TroubleLynyrd Skynyrd1
2000Classic Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd1
2000CollectyblesLynyrd Skynyrd51
2001The CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd1
2002Lynyrd Skynyrd / 38 Special ChristmasLynyrd Skynyrd / 38 Special1
2002Turn It Up!Lynyrd Skynyrd1
2003Thyrty: 30th Anniversary CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd11
2005Then and Now, Volume 2Lynyrd Skynyrd1
2005Greatest HitsLynyrd Skynyrd3
2005ChroniclesLynyrd Skynyrd1
2005Poison WhiskeyLynyrd Skynyrd51
2006FamilyLynyrd Skynyrd1
2006The CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd1
2006Face to FaceLynyrd Skynyrd / Van Zant1
2007Sounds of the South: MCA Years 1973-1988Lynyrd Skynyrd1
2007Collector's EditionLynyrd Skynyrd1
2007Rock LegendsLynyrd Skynyrd31
2008Green Series: The Best of Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd1
2008Colour CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd1
2008The Complete CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd1
2008Greatest HitsLynyrd Skynyrd1
2008Playlist + PlusLynyrd Skynyrd1
2009Legends of RockLynyrd Skynyrd1
2009Star-ClubLynyrd Skynyrd1
2010IconLynyrd Skynyrd3
2010Icon 2Lynyrd Skynyrd1
2010Best OfLynyrd Skynyrd1
2010Sweet Home Alabama - The Best OfLynyrd Skynyrd1
20115 Original AlbumsLynyrd Skynyrd1
2011Skynyrd NationLynyrd Skynyrd1
2012Southern Surroundings: The Ultimate Skynyrd CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd1
2013The Lynyrd Skynyrd CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd1
2014EssentialLynyrd Skynyrd1
2014Free Bird: The Essential CollectionLynyrd Skynyrd1
2015Southern SurroundingsLynyrd Skynyrd1
2018CollectedLynyrd Skynyrd1
2018Skynyrd NationLynyrd Skynyrd1
2021Nothing Comes Easy 1991–2012Lynyrd Skynyrd2
2021The Damage DoneLynyrd Skynyrd1

Album + Live

1976One More From the RoadLynyrd Skynyrd412
1988Southern by the Grace of God: Tribute Tour 1987Lynyrd Skynyrd23
1992You Got That Right!Lynyrd Skynyrd2
1996Southern KnightsLynyrd Skynyrd21
1996Freebird: The MovieLynyrd Skynyrd42
1998Lyve From Steel TownLynyrd Skynyrd22
2001Yesterday and TodayLynyrd Skynyrd1
2002Double BillLynyrd Skynyrd And 38 Special1
2004Lyve: The Vicious Cycle TourLynyrd Skynyrd42
2007The Best of - Lynyrd Skynyrd - LiveLynyrd Skynyrd1
2009Authorized Bootleg: Live / Winterland - San Francisco, CA 3/07/1976Lynyrd Skynyrd1
2009Authorized Bootleg: Live / Cardiff Capitol Theatre - Cardiff, Wales 11/4/1975Lynyrd Skynyrd31
2009Live From Freedom HallLynyrd Skynyrd23
2015One More for the FansLynyrd Skynyrd23
2015Pronounced ‘Lĕh-nérd ‘Skin-nérd & Second Helping: Live from Jacksonville at the Florida TheatreLynyrd Skynyrd2
2015Pronounced ‘Lĕh-nérd ‘Skin-nérd: Live From Jacksonville at the Florida TheatreLynyrd Skynyrd1
2015Second Helping: Live From Jacksonville at the Florida TheatreLynyrd Skynyrd1
2015Taking the Biscuit the Classic 1975 BroadcastLynyrd Skynyrd2
2018Live in Atlantic CityLynyrd Skynyrd4
2019Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour Lyve!Lynyrd Skynyrd3
2021Live at Knebworth '76Lynyrd Skynyrd1


1974Free Bird / Down South Jukin'Lynyrd Skynyrd1
1982I've Been Your FoolLynyrd Skynyrd1
1983FreebirdLynyrd Skynyrd1

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