Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians
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Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

List Criteria: Only outlaw country artists, there shouldn't be any country pop singers on here

Rough and tumble, outlaw country is widely regarded as one of the most influential subgenres of country music. Originating as a backlash to the slicked up country pop that emanated from Nashville, the best outlaw country singers are some of the most popular country music artists of all time. Outlaw country songs are raw and generally address topics like authority and anti-authority, and the scruffy, gruffier tone along with the realism that gave a voice to the voiceless made outlaw country singers beloved and their influence on country music remains today. Though their initial sound and message is often replicated, outlaw country is the backbone of country music and what they've done can never be duplicated.

So, who are the best outlaw country artists? Any list of outlaw country singers has to have the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams on it. These singers are widely considered the cream of the crop and when you think of outlaw country, you generally will think of these artists. If you know outlaw music, you know that these outlaw country songs still live on - even in the case of some of these guys' deaths - because now more than ever, their words still strike a chord with listeners.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best outlaw country singers. If you know outlaw music and notice someone is missing form this list, feel free to add them.
This list answers the questions "who are the best outlaw country bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest outlaw country 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 outlaw country bands that you might've heard of. (35 items)

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