country music The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

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List Rules 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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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock Progressive country

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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music Americana

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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Merle Haggard Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound Country

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana Traditional pop music

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Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock Country

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David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
David Allan Coe Outlaw country, Rock music Heavy metal

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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams Outlaw country, Western music Folk music

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Johnny Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Johnny Paycheck Outlaw country, Honky-tonk Country

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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Kris Kristofferson Outlaw country, Rock music Folk music

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Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Charlie Daniels Outlaw country, Rock music Country rock

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Jamey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Jamey Johnson Country

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Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams III Outlaw country, Americana Psychobilly

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Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock Country rock

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Billy Joe Shaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Billy Joe Shaver Outlaw country, Country

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Jessi Colter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Jessi Colter Outlaw country, Pop music Country

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Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Shooter Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock Alternative country

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The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Townes Van Zandt Outlaw country, Folk music Country

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Jerry Jeff Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Jerry Jeff Walker Outlaw country, Country

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Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

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Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Tanya Tucker Outlaw country, Country

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Emmylou Harris Pop music, Rock music Folk music

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Lefty Frizzell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Lefty Frizzell Country

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Ray Wylie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Ray Wylie Hubbard Folk music, Country Cowpunk

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Robert Earl Keen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Robert Earl Keen Outlaw country, Americana Folk music

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Tompall Glaser is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Tompall Glaser Country

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Dale Watson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Dale Watson Country

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Rosanne Cash is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Rosanne Cash Rock music, Folk music Country

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Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Eric Church Outlaw country, Country rock Country

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Cross Canadian Ragweed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Cross Canadian Ragweed Americana, Red Dirt Country rock

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Jason Boland & The Stragglers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Jason Boland & The Stragglers Red Dirt, Country

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Aaron Lewis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Aaron Lewis Nu metal, Acoustic music Post-grunge

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Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Lucinda Williams Americana, Heartland rock Rock music

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Nikki Lane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Toby Keith Country

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Pistol Annies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Pistol Annies Outlaw country, Folk Country

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JD McPherson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

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Lindi Ortega is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Lindi Ortega Folk music, Acoustic music Alternative rock

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Roger Creager is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Roger Creager Country

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Sammi Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Sammi Smith Outlaw country, Country pop Country

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Scott H. Biram is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Scott H. Biram Rock music, Punk rock Country

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Randy Crouch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Randy Crouch Folk music, Red Dirt Bluegrass

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Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Brantley Gilbert Rock music, Country rock Country

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Mike Ness is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Mike Ness Punk blues, Psychobilly Rockabilly

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Bobby Bare is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Bobby Bare Country

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Junior Brown is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Junior Brown Americana, Progressive country Alternative country

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Lee Clayton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Lee Clayton Rock music, Country

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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Dwight Yoakam Rockabilly, Country rock Country

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Carlene Carter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Carlene Carter Country

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Kinky Friedman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time