The Top Country Artists of All Time

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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. This poll of the greatest country musicians spans from classic country to contemporary country music - from Nashville to Texas.  

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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    George Strait is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Country

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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Country, Neotraditional country

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    Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Garth Brooks Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    Rock and roll, Country

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    Alabama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Alabama Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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    Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Brooks & Dunn Country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Country, Southern rock

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    Nashville sound, Country

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    Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time

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    Country pop, Country rock, Country

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    Country

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    Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time

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    David Allan Coe Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Toby Keith Country

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    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Martina McBride Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

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    Pop music, Country rock, Country

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    Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Clint Black Country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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    Rockabilly, Country

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    Country

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    Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time

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    Buck Owens Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Country

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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Country

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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    Vocal harmony, Country

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    Blues-rock, Country rock, Country

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    Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time


    Blake Shelton Country

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    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

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    Country

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