10. Bayou Country - Creedence Clearwater Revival
At the tail end of the 60's, hard rock were either adopting the blues aesthetics of the British Invasion or donning their neon-colored threads for more psychedelic outings. When most rockers were letting their mind expand or worshipping at the altar of Muddy Waters, Creedence Clearwater Revival embraced the unique sound of the South.
Originally coming from California, this quartet were playing rock music that had its feet dipped ever so slightly into country and folk music. On the other hand, Bayou Country is anything but soft, with John Fogerty's lead lines and visceral shout bringing a grit to the band's typical pop tunes. While the average rock fan would know this album for the hit "Proud Mary," songs like "Born on the Bayou" have that distinctive atmosphere that makes you feel like you're in the middle of a dirty swamp trying to catch fish.
This album also boasts one of the band's hardest rockers in "Keep On Chooglin," whose guitar leads and bass grooves make the song feel like a mini epic of Southern rock boogie. With over 50 years under its belt, it's safe to say that fans will keep chooglin with CCR for many more years to come. It may be rough around the edges, but that's where you find the real genius.