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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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2
+ - 529 56
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Merle Haggard Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

3
+ - 492 74
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

4
+ - 576 45
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Johnny Cash Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

5
+ - 503 87
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

6
+ - 546 85
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

7
+ - 406 50
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

8
+ - 345 74
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

9
+ - 303 83
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

10
+ - 314 88
Jamey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Jamey Johnson Country

11
+ - 268 64
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Charlie Daniels Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

12
+ - 251 69
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Steve Earle Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

13
+ - 306 119
Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams III Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly

14
+ - 199 74
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

15
+ - 165 69
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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16
+ - 212 91
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

17
+ - 121 35
The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

18
+ - 155 63
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

19
+ - 140 56
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

20
+ - 89 19
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

21
+ - 112 72
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Tanya Tucker Outlaw country, Country

22
+ - 118 69
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

23
+ - 101 46
Lefty Frizzell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Lefty Frizzell Country

24
+ - 70 32
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

25
+ - 53 34
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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+ - 43 35
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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+ - 80 71
Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Lucinda Williams Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

28
+ - 37 26
Dale Watson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Dale Watson Country

29
+ - 174 149
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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+ - 36 31
Jason Boland & The Stragglers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Jason Boland & The Stragglers Red Dirt, Country

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+ - 67 66
Rosanne Cash is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Rosanne Cash Rock music, Folk music, Country

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+ - 36 29
Cross Canadian Ragweed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Cross Canadian Ragweed Americana, Red Dirt, Country rock

33
+ - 100 116
Aaron Lewis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Aaron Lewis Nu metal, Acoustic music, Post-grunge

34
+ - 19 21
Nikki Lane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

35
+ - 22 4
Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Dwight Yoakam Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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+ - 3 7
Carlene Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Carlene Carter Country

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+ - 25 33
Pistol Annies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Pistol Annies Outlaw country, Folk, Country

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+ - 11 2
Cody Jinks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

39
+ - 10 2
Bobby Bare is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Bobby Bare Country

40
+ - 6 17
Lindi Ortega is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Lindi Ortega Folk music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

41
+ - 52 64
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

42
+ - 9 27
Roger Creager is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Roger Creager Country

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+ - 8 22
JD McPherson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

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+ - 20 51
Sammi Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Sammi Smith Outlaw country, Country pop, Country

45
+ - 20 45
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Toby Keith Country

46
+ - 6 25
Randy Crouch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Randy Crouch Folk music, Red Dirt, Bluegrass

47
+ - 13 34
Mike Ness is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Mike Ness Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

48
+ - 101 168
Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Brantley Gilbert Rock music, Country rock, Country

49
+ - 5 4
Junior Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Junior Brown Americana, Progressive country, Alternative country

50
+ - 5 5
June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time