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. 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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    + 335
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

    ) open buy
  2. 2
    + 239
    - 98

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Country

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 260
    - 79

    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

    ) open
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    + 215
    - 92

    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

    ) open
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    + 203
    - 116

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 292
    - 67

    ranked low on reranks
    Country

    ) open buy
  7. 7
    + 194
    - 68

    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

    ) open
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    + 156
    - 89

    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

    ) open
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    + 146
    - 91

    Rock and roll, Country

    ) open
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    + 151
    - 78

    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

    ) open
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    + 160
    - 73

    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 149
    - 82

    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
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    + 186
    - 56

    ranked low on reranks
    Country, Neotraditional country

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 104
    - 79

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 179
    - 100

    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

    ) open
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    + 138
    - 61

    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

    ) open
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    + 121
    - 57

    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

    ) open
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    + 92
    - 60

    Nashville sound, Country

    ) open
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    + 101
    - 72
    ) open
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    + 95
    - 49
    ) open
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    + 105
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open buy
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    + 94
    - 59
    ) open
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    + 82
    - 65

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

    ) open buy
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    + 71
    - 70

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rockabilly, Country

    ) open
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    + 81
    - 46

    Pop music, Country rock, Country

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 116
    - 68

    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
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    + 90
    - 60

    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 104
    - 77

    Country, Southern rock

    ) open
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    + 62
    - 55

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Vocal harmony, Country

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 99
    - 59

    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 71
    - 56

    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

    ) open
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    + 91
    - 59

    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 79
    - 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Country pop, Country rock, Country

    ) open buy
  34. 34
    + 47
    - 54

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gospel music, Country

    ) open
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    + 90
    - 58
    ) open
  36. 36
    + 70
    - 44

    Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

    ) open
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    + 64
    - 56

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 53
    - 55

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 63
    - 47
    ) open
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    + 70
    - 35

    ranked low on reranks & added by hwy60
    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 73
    - 28

    ranked low on reranks & added by hwy60
    Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 82
    - 59

    Country

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 53
    - 48
    ) open
  44. 44
    + 52
    - 49

    Folk music, Jazz, Country

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 54
    - 41

    Outlaw country, Country

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 74
    - 35

    ranked low on reranks
    Bakersfield sound, Country

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 57
    - 44

    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 63
    - 37
    ) open
  49. 49
    + 44
    - 31
    ) open
  50. 50
    + 56
    - 31
    ) open
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