The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

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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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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    most listed
    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

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    Country

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly

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    Outlaw country, Country

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    Outlaw country, Pop music, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country

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    Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Country

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    added by DougGlasgow
    Folk music, Country, Cowpunk

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    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


    Country

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    Rock music, Folk music, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Country

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    Americana, Red Dirt, Country rock

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    Red Dirt, Country

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    Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Nu metal, Acoustic music, Post-grunge

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    added by Esavi
    Country

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    Outlaw country, Folk, Country

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    Country

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    Outlaw country, Country pop, Country

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    Scott H. Biram is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time


    Rock music, Punk rock, Country

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    Folk music, Red Dirt, Bluegrass

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    added by JackMackenzie
    Rock music, Country rock, Country

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    Folk music, Acoustic music, Alternative rock

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    Punk blues, Psychobilly, Rockabilly

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    Country

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    Americana, Progressive country, Alternative country

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    Rock music, Country

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    Country

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    Country

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