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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

This outlaw country artists list ranks the best outlaw country music acts by votes. 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. The scruffy, gruffer tone along with the realism that gave a new voice to the voiceless made outlaw country singers beloved. These famous outlaws and their songs still influence much of modern country music. 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 include rebels like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. 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 any underground or new outlaw country music that demands to be heard, feel free to add them if you think they're the best.
This list answers the questions "who are the best outlaw country bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest outlaw country musician ever?" 

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    Dreaming My Dreams, A Man Called Hoss, Good Hearted Woman

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    American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At ...

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    A Country Christmas With Merle Haggard, I'm a Lonesome Fugitive / Mama ...

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    Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

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    Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

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    most listed
    Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They ...

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    Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset

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    Take This Job and Shove It, The Soul & the Edge: The Best of Johnny ...

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    Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

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    Living for a Song - A Tribute to Hank Cochran, The Dollar, That Lonesome ...

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    Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Million Mile Reflections, Full Moon

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    Straight to Hell, Damn Right, Rebel Proud

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    The Mountain, Jerusalem, Transcendental Blues

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    Tramp on Your Street, Highway of Life, Honky Tonk Heroes

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    White Mansions - A Tale of the American Civil War 1861-1865, Wanted! The ...

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    Electric Rodeo, Put the O Back in Country, The Wolf

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    The Late Great Townes Van Zandt, A Far Cry From Dead, For the Sake of the ...

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    Gypsy Songman, Christmas Gonzo Style, Hill Country Rain

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    A Merry Christmas to All, Christmas Time Down South, Redneck Fiddlin' Man ...

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    Light of the Stable, Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years, Red Dirt Girl ...

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    Golden Sounds of Country Music, Life's Like Poetry (disc 1), Look What ...

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    Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

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    Crusades of the Restless Knights, GROWL, The Grifter's Hymnal

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    King's Record Shop, Seven Year Ache, Black Cadillac

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    No. 2 LIVE Dinner, Gravitational Forces, What I Really Mean

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    Wanted! The Outlaws, The Outlaw, The Outlaws

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    Somewhere in the Middle, Comal County Blue, Truckstop Diaries

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    Live in London... England!, Every Song I Write Is for You, Cheatin' Heart ...

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Help Me Make It Through the Night, The Best of Sammi Smith, Help Me Make ...

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    Live and Loud at Billy Bob's Texas, Soul Gravy, Mission California

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    High Top Mountain, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Bastard Children ...

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    Carolina, Caught in the Act, Sinners Like Me

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    Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, World Without Tears

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    Live Across Texas, I Got the Guns, Having Fun All Wrong

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    Town Line, Endless Summer, Soaking Up The Sun On A Friday Afternoon

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    Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern

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    Annie Up, Hell on Heels, Hush Hush

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    Walk of Shame, All or Nothin', Gone

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    Graveyard Shift, The Dirty Old One Man Band, Preachin' And Hollerin'

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    Signs & Signifiers

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    Cigarettes & Truckstops, The Drifter E.P., Little Red Boots

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    Cheating at Solitaire, Under the Influences, Volume 1

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    Modern Day Prodigal Son, Just as I Am, Hell On an Angel

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    about to drop off & added by hellodalai
    Off the Beaten Path, Four Letter Blues, Outlaws Like Me

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