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To many music fans, honky tonk music encompasses if not a subgenre, then is a general name for old school, retro country music. Elements of country music, like a fiddle, steel guitar that emanated in Oklahoma and Texas were present in honky music, as was the ragtime sound. Honky tonks was a nickname for bars that played country western music or in the present day, honky tonks would be simply known as dive bars. Simply put, honky tonk music, even today, remains wildly popular. For some people, honky tonk music was taken to the masses by the Rolling Stones' popular hit, "Honky Tonk Women," which was inspired by honky tonk artists.

So, what are the best honky tonk bands and artists? Any list of honky tonk artists has to include the first family of modern country music, the Williams. Beginning with Hank Williams and moving down his bloodline, they were extremely popular because of their blend of honky tonk country along with elements of rhythm and blues. Additionally, you'll see the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Loretta Lynn on this list. All of these artists are legends of country music and thus, honky tonk music. This list answers the questions "who are the best honky tonk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest honky tonk musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular honky tonk bands that you might've heard of. (41 items)
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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Hank Williams Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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56 12
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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64 23
Whitey Morgan and the 78's is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Whitey Morgan and the 78's Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Alternative country

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62 22
Johnny Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Johnny Paycheck Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

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49 16
Ernest Tubb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Ernest Tubb Honky-tonk, Country

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38 14
Gary Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Gary Stewart Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

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37 14
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Loretta Lynn Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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39 16
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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30 11
Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Jerry Lee Lewis Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

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28 10
Webb Pierce is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Webb Pierce Honky-tonk, Country

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28 10
Kitty Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Kitty Wells Nashville sound, Honky-tonk, Gospel music

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25 12
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
David Allan Coe Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

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25 12
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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Billy Joe Shaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Billy Joe Shaver Outlaw country, Country

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Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Hank Williams III Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly

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Dale Watson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Jimmie Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Jimmie Rodgers Jazz, Country, Blues

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19 14
Confederate Railroad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Confederate Railroad Honky-tonk, Country, Southern rock

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18 14
Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Patty Loveless Country pop, Country rock, Honky-tonk

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14 10
Jean Shepard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Jean Shepard Bakersfield sound, Honky-tonk, Country

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13 9
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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12 9
Hawkshaw Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Hawkshaw Hawkins Honky-tonk, Country

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12 9
Johnny Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Johnny Bush Honky-tonk, Country, Western swing

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8 7
Don Helms is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Don Helms Honky-tonk, Country

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7 7
Drifting Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Drifting Cowboys Honky-tonk, Country

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8 9
Cowboy Copas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Cowboy Copas Honky-tonk, Country

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3 5
Floyd Tillman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Floyd Tillman Honky-tonk, Country, Western swing

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9 12
Ace in the Hole Band is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Ace in the Hole Band Honky-tonk, Country, Western swing

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4 7
Skeets McDonald is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Skeets McDonald Rockabilly, Honky-tonk, Country

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Kevin Banford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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4 8
Eileen Rose is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Eileen Rose Americana, Indie, Rock music

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4 9
Honky Tonk Confidential is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky Tonk Confidential Honky-tonk, Country

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3 8
Jeanne Pruett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Jeanne Pruett Country pop, Honky-tonk, Country

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Jerry Byrd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Jerry Byrd Honky-tonk, Country

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4 10
Eilen Jewell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Eilen Jewell Americana, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

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Owen Mays is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Owen Mays Americana, Honky-tonk, Country

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2 15
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Mike Oldfield Synthpop, Rock music, World music

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Henri Herbert is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Henri Herbert Honky-tonk, Boogie-woogie, Rock and roll

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1 11
Eric
Eric "Red Mouth" Gebhardt Blues-rock, Acoustic music, Honky-tonk

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1 12
FortyTwenty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
FortyTwenty Honky-tonk, Country

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