Neil Young vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Clash of the Titans
This may be one of the most misunderstood so-called feuds ever. And that likely won't make it any easier to decide between Neil Young's 'Southern Man' and Lynyrd Skynyrd's answer song 'Sweet Home Alabama,' in the next Clash of the Titans.
It all began with 1970's 'Southern Man,' which -- like 1972's 'Alabama' -- found Young boldly confronted the history of slavery and Jim Crow in the American South. The idea of lumping in all of the region's modern-day denizens with those misdeeds sparked 'Sweet Home Alabama' in 1974. "We thought Neil was shooting all the ducks in order to kill one or two," Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant later said. "We’re Southern rebels but, more than that, we know the difference between right and wrong."
Of course, Skynyrd didn't settle for simply celebrating the South's rustic joys. They also seemingly took a swipe at Young -- saying "I hope Neil Young will remember, a Southern man don't need him around anyhow." Yet, by all accounts, both camps had a great respect for one another. Van Zant later said the line was simply a joke, and he can be seen wearing a Neil Young t-shirt on the cover of 1977's 'Street Survivors.' Meanwhile, Young went even further, telling Mojo that he "actually performed ['Sweet Home Alabama'] live a couple of times myself."
That leaves it for you to decide. Which track gets your vote in this Clash of the Titans matchup? Check them both out below, and remember: you can cast a ballot once an hour between now and when voting ends on Sunday, September 28 at 11:59PM ET.