The Top Country Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians
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The Top Country Artists of All Time

List Criteria: Only country singers or bands. No other genres

One of the most distinct and popular American art forms is country music. The origins of country music began in mostly rural areas as simply a person's words sung over an acoustic guitar. From that simple formula rose folk heroes who eventually became cultural icons. The top country music artists of all time are some of the most revered figures in music history.

The biggest country artists have had their lives immortalized both in their records and in film. Johnny Cash is a prime example of a country artist who has appealed to people from every walk of life. On top of the 2005 movie made about him, the Man in Black released 55 albums and six albums, working tirelessly until his death in 2003. Willie Nelson is one of the living legends in country music. He continues to tour and entertain fans throughout the country even as he get older. He loves touring and fans loves going out to see him sings his vast catalog of hits.

There are a lot of great names on this Ultimate List of the Top Country Artists of All Time. Many of these musicians are extremely popular with fans and critically acclaimed. So it's up to you to decide who deserves to be named the best country music artist ever.
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    the people's #1 Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    most listed Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Country

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    Rock and roll, Country

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    Country

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    Nashville sound, Country

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    Country

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    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Country, Neotraditional country

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    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Vocal harmony, Country

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    Pop music, Country rock, Country

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    Rockabilly, Country

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    Gospel music, Country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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    Country

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    Country

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    Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country

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    Country, Southern rock

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    Rock music, Country, Tejano music

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    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Country

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    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

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    Country

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    Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Outlaw country, Bluegrass, Country

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    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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    Country

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