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Welcome to my Lynyrd Skynyrd  greatest hits songs section of the site. Below are some rhythm pattern tips to help you play rhythm to some of these Lynyrd Skynyrd top songs.

There are also free demos and free downloadable chords and lyrics sheets. If you'd like to purchase a full lesson tutorial, there are links for those also for a small fee.

I'm using Lynyrd Skynyrd album covers below so you'll know where the songs originated.

Who Is Lynyrd Skynyrd?

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Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band that gained prominence in the 1970s. The band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1964, and its original members included Ronnie Van Zant (vocals), Gary Rossington (guitar), Allen Collins (guitar), Larry Junstrom (bass), Bob Burns (drums), and Billy Powell (keyboards).

Lynyrd Skynyrd is best known for popularizing Southern rock, a genre that blends elements of rock and roll with a Southern musical heritage, including blues and country influences. The band's signature sound is characterized by powerful guitar riffs, soulful vocals, and storytelling lyrics.

Some of Lynyrd Skynyrd's most famous songs include "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," "Simple Man," and "Sweet Home Alabama." Their music often reflects themes of Southern culture, life experiences, and personal introspection.

Tragically, Lynyrd Skynyrd faced a major setback in 1977 when a plane crash took the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines. The band disbanded temporarily after the crash but later regrouped with surviving members and new additions.

Over the years, Lynyrd Skynyrd has continued to tour and release new music. The band has undergone lineup changes, but it remains a significant and enduring influence in the world of rock music.

Ronnie Van Zandt - Steve Gaines - Cassie Gaines -- Died Oct 20th, 1977


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1. All I Can Do Is Write About It

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All I Can Do Is Write About It is from Lynyrd Skynyrd's album "Gimme Back My Bullets" in 1976. Though it wasn't released as a single, it's a cherished song in their collection.

The song's known for its thoughtful lyrics and acoustic, country vibe, different from their usual Southern rock style.

It's not as popular as some of their other songs, and there aren't many covers or a music video for it.

To play it, use standard tuning with two rhythm patterns: down down down up, and a shuffle. There's also some picking and riffs using chords like G, C, D, Em, A, D, and E.E.

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2. Am I Losing

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Am I Losing is on Lynyrd Skynyrd's album "Nuthin' Fancy" from 1975. The album did well, reaching number 9 on the U.S. charts and earning gold and platinum certifications.

It's notable for being the first album with drummer Artimus Pyle, but guitarist Ed King left during the "Torture Tour" shortly after.

While "Am I Losing" wasn't released as a single, the album's most famous single is "Saturday Night Special," which is against guns and reached #27 on the Billboard chart.

There isn't much info about "Am I Losing," like covers or a music video. It's not as well-known as other songs on the album.

To play this one use standard tuning and a rhythm pattern of down down up down up down - down up down up down up. Chords include D, C, G, A, and Bm.

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3. Call Me The Breeze

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Call Me The Breeze is a classic song by J.J. Cale, covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd for their 1974 album "Second Helping." It blends blues, rock, and Southern rock styles.

Even though it wasn't released as a single, it's one of the standout tracks on the album, adding to its success.

The lyrics, by J.J. Cale, talk about freedom and a laid-back attitude.

Many musicians have covered the song over the years, honoring both J.J. Cale and Lynyrd Skynyrd. There might not be a music video for it, as they weren't common in the 1970s.

I play this using standard tuning with a shuffle rhythm and root down root up down up pattern. Chords include A, D7, E7, A#, A6, and A7.

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4. Don't Ask Me No Questions

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Don't Ask Me No Questions is a number by Lynyrd Skynyrd from their 1974 album "Second Helping." Written by Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, it's a classic example of the band's Southern rock style mixed with blues and boogie.

Though not a single, it's a favorite among fans and often played at their live shows. The song is known for its strong guitar riffs, Ronnie Van Zant's vocals, and straightforward lyrics.

It's said to have been written during a fishing trip, reflecting Van Zant's frustration and desire to be left alone.

Use Drop D Tuning and a rhythm pattern of up up down down up down - change chord - up up down down up down. There's also some picking involved with chords like F, F#, G, C, C#, D, A, B, C, A#, and Am.

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5. Down South Jukin

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Down South Jukin' is from Lynyrd Skynyrd's album "Skynyrd's First And Last," out in 1978, after the band's tragic plane crash. Though the album's not available anymore, the song remains important to the band.

It was released as a single but didn't make it onto the Billboard Hot 100. The song shows Lynyrd Skynyrd's Southern rock style, with Ronnie Van Zant's vocals and Gary Rossington's guitar.

Van Zant and Rossington wrote it together, giving it that Lynyrd Skynyrd sound. The song's creation and how the band mixed Southern culture into their music could be interesting trivia.

Another one using standard tuning and the chords G, C, C+, and D. There's some lead work involved, and a good rhythm pattern is down down up down up down down up, repeating throughout.

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6. Free Bird

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Free Bird is one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's most famous songs from their 1973 debut album. It reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975 and is known for its long guitar solos, often closing their concerts.

The song's roots trace back to a personal moment in Allen Collins' life. The opening line, "If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?" was inspired by his girlfriend's question. It took over two years to complete the song.

The extended guitar solo, performed by Allen Collins and Gary Rossington, is legendary in rock history for its length and complexity.

While there's no official music video, live performances of "Free Bird" showcase the band's dynamic stage presence.

To play this one use standard tuning with chords G, D/Gb, F, C, D, and A#. The rhythm pattern is a simple down down up down up repeat.

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7. Gimmie Three Steps

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Gimme Three Steps is a lively and well-known song by Lynyrd Skynyrd from their debut album, "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd," released in 1973. While the song itself didn't chart as a single, it has become a classic rock staple and is celebrated for its catchy melody and engaging narrative.

The lyrics of "Gimme Three Steps" tell a humorous and somewhat tense story. The narrator finds himself in a tricky situation at a bar where a jealous man is threatening him. The title refers to the narrator's plea to the antagonist, asking for three steps to make a quick exit and avoid a confrontation.

You can get away with mostly down strokes for a rhythm pattern in this one, played in standard tuning with a bit of lead work. The chords required are a A, D, E, E7 and G.

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8. Heartbreak Hotel

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Heartbreak Hotel is a track found on Lynyrd Skynyrd's eighth album, "Endangered Species," released in 1994, showcased a unique twist with an acoustic touch.

The album is notable for its acoustic instrumentation and features Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, as the lead vocalist. The album includes a mix of Lynyrd Skynyrd's well-known classics and new material, serving as the final album with guitarist Ed King and the only one featuring guitarist Mike Estes.

This one in E, A with a twist of a C7 to a B7 which of course Elvis never did. A fair bit of lead work to cover off in this one while playing that standard down stroke rhythm pattern in standard tuning.

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9. One Day At A Time

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One Day At A Time was featured on the 2012 album "Last Of A Dying Breed" but the song was never released as a single.

You can play this one with a steady up and down shuffle for rhythm with some accents in standard tuning. The chords I use are Am, C, G, Fmaj7, D, F and E and there is some lead work in here.

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10. Simple Man

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Simple Man is a standout track from Lynyrd Skynyrd's debut album, "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd," released in 1973. Written by the band's lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Gary Rossington, the song is a heartfelt and contemplative piece of Southern rock.

Despite never being released as a single, "Simple Man" has become one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's most beloved and enduring songs. Known for its straight on lyrics offering advice from a mother to her son, the song has resonated with audiences over the years.

While there isn't an official music video for "Simple Man" as it was released in an era when music videos were not as prevalent, the song has been covered by various artists, showcasing its enduring influence.

Additionally, "Simple Man" has found success in the digital realm, as indicated by its significant number of digital downloads, ranking third among Lynyrd Skynyrd's catalog.

This one tuned one fret below standard pitch with a rhythm pattern requiring some arpeggio then - down up down up down up - change chord and repeat will get you through this one. One a three chord song using C, G and Am and a bit of lead playing.

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11. Sweet Home Alabama

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Sweet Home Alabama was released in 1974 on the album "Second Helping," is one of the band's most iconic and recognizable songs. The track, written by Ronnie Van Zant, Ed King, and Gary Rossington, is a Southern rock anthem that pays homage to the band's home state of Alabama. The song features a signature guitar riff and Van Zant's distinctive vocals.

The track became a commercial success, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. and reaching #6 in Canada. The lyrics reference Neil Young's songs "Alabama" and "Southern Man," prompting a playful response from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Young later acknowledged that the band's jab at him was fair, expressing regret for the controversial lyrics in his own songs.

For rhythm you'll need a down down up down up and switch chords will get you thru this one but there are riffs happening and quick down strokes to the F chord. Lead in this one with the chords D, C, G and F.

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12. T For Texas T For Tennessee

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T For Texas T For Tennessee is an old tune from Jimmy Rodgers which Lynyrd Skynyrd put on their live album "One More From The Road" recorded back in 1976 from Atlanta Georia over a 3 day gig.

The song was never released as a single.

A simple number in standard tuning using the A7, D,7 and E7 chords with some lead work. The rhythm is a simple root down up down up down up and repeat.

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13. The Ballad Of Curtis Loew

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The Ballad of Curtis Loew is featured on their 1974 album "Second Helping," is a bluesy track that showcases the band's versatility. The song, written by Ronnie Van Zant, tells the story of a fictional blues musician named Curtis Loew and explores themes of life, music, and the passage of time.

While the song didn't become a single and therefore didn't chart, it stands out for its narrative style and the band's heartfelt performance. Despite its initial appearance on the album, Lynyrd Skynyrd reportedly performed "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" only once in a live setting after its release and then decided to retire it from their stage repertoire.

I play this one in Drop D Tuning and a capo on the 2nd fret. Play a down down up down up down up and repeat that rhythm pattern. As in all songs there will be place you'll want to play all down strokes or shuffle rhythm using the chords D, C, G, A, E7 and F.

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14. Tuseday's Gone

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Tuesday's Gone is from their 1973 debut album, 'Pronounced 'Leh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd,' is a soulful ballad that showcases the band's ability to deliver emotionally charged and intricate compositions. The song, co-written by lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Allen Collins, and keyboardist Gary Rossington, is known for its melancholic melody and heartfelt lyrics.

A notable trivia about the recording is the involvement of drummers. While Bob Burns played on the demo version of the song, for the official recording, Lynyrd Skynyrd enlisted Robert Nix, the drummer of the Atlanta Rhythm Section. This decision brought a slightly different dynamic to the final track.

For rhythm here play a down down down up down up down up and repeat as you change chords. I'm also playing all down strokes over the riff and shuffle strumming in places but feel it out with the first pattern first. Standard tuning here with some lead with the chords D, G, Em, C and F.

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15. What's Your Name

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What's Your Name is a lively and memorable track from their 1977 album 'Street Survivors.' The song, written by lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Gary Rossington, served as the lead single from the album and achieved significant success on the charts.

Released in 1977, 'What's Your Name' peaked at #13 in the United States and #6 in Canada.

Despite its success, 'What's Your Name' does not have an official music video, which was common for many rock songs of that era. Instead, the song gained prominence through radio play and live performances.

The song's legacy is also tied to the tragic events surrounding the release of 'Street Survivors.' The album's original cover featured the band engulfed in flames, and shortly after its release, a plane crash took the lives of several band members, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. In the wake of this tragedy, 'What's Your Name' stands as one of the final chart-topping hits from the original Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup."

A little lead work in this number while playing a down down down up down down up and repeat rhythm pattern. But as you'll see, there are some quick jumps to the chords in standard tuning using the chords C, C#, D, G, A, E and a Gbm.

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16. White Dove

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White Dove is a poignant track featured on the album 'Skynyrd's First And Last,' which was released in 1978 after the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of several band members.

Penned by guitarist Rickey Medlocke, 'White Dove' is notable for its reflective and somber tone, standing in contrast to the band's more well-known Southern rock anthems.

Despite its emotional depth, the song was not released as a single, and as a result, it may not be as widely recognized as some of Lynyrd Skynyrd's chart-topping hits.

You'll play arpeggio across the chords all the way for rhythm in this one in standard tuning using the chords D, A+, G, A, Bm and an A7.

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I hope you found this Lynyrd Skynyrd greatest hits songs page helpful. The next time someone at a party yells out "play me some Lynyrd Skynyrd", you'll be prepared.


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