The Story Behind Lynyrd Skynyrd's Most Anthemic Songs

Home Alabama

This iconic anthem was written in response to Neil Young's criticisms of the South in his songs "Southern Man" and "Alabama."

Free Bird

Known for its epic guitar solos, "Free Bird" became Lynyrd Skynyrd's signature song and a rock classic.

Tragic Plane

The band faced a tragic setback when a plane crash claimed the lives of several members, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant.

Survivors Regroup

Despite the tragedy, surviving members regrouped in 1979, releasing the album "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991."

That Smell

Written before the crash, "That Smell" reflected the band's struggles with substance abuse.

Gimme Three Steps

A humorous recount of a barroom encounter, this song showcased Lynyrd Skynyrd's storytelling prowess.

Simple Man 

A heartfelt ballad with life advice, "Simple Man" remains one of their most emotionally resonant tracks.


Lynyrd Skynyrd experienced a resurgence in popularity after a reunion in 1987, releasing successful albums like "Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991."


Lynyrd Skynyrd's anthems continue to endure, with their influence evident in Southern rock and the broader rock genre.