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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.

The Top Country Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians
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    the people's #1
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  2. 2
    + 418
    - 105


    Country

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  3. 3
    + 367
    - 113


    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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  4. 4
    + 324
    - 136

    most listed
    Country

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  5. 5
    + 273
    - 94


    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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  6. 6
    + 301
    - 128


    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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  7. 7
    + 289
    - 153


    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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  8. 8
    + 270
    - 137


    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

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  9. 9
    + 241
    - 112


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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  10. 10
    + 272
    - 86

    ranked low on reranks
    Country, Neotraditional country

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  11. 11
    + 213
    - 105


    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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  12. 12
    + 230
    - 105


    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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  13. 13
    + 199
    - 100


    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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  14. 14
    + 212
    - 123


    Rock and roll, Country

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  15. 15
    + 215
    - 117


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  16. 16
    + 175
    - 80


    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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    + 146
    - 73
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    + 149
    - 84


    Country

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    + 145
    - 94


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 171
    - 112


    Country, Southern rock

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    + 143
    - 97


    Country

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  22. 22
    + 143
    - 112


    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    + 113
    - 54

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

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  24. 24
    + 136
    - 90


    Nashville sound, Country

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    + 180
    - 96

    ranked low on reranks
    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 135
    - 88


    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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  27. 27
    + 134
    - 92


    Country

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  28. 28
    + 138
    - 53

    ranked low on reranks
    Country pop, Country rock, Country

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  29. 29
    + 144
    - 89


    Country

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  30. 30
    + 126
    - 85


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 146
    - 87


    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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    + 128
    - 71


    Pop music, Country rock, Country

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  33. 33
    + 137
    - 83


    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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  34. 34
    + 119
    - 91

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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  35. 35
    + 110
    - 59

    added by hwy60
    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

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  36. 36
    + 108
    - 59


    Country

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  37. 37
    + 111
    - 80


    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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  38. 38
    + 109
    - 60


    Bakersfield sound, Country

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  39. 39
    + 103
    - 96

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Rockabilly, Country

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  40. 40
    + 80
    - 46


    Country

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  41. 41
    + 71
    - 39


    Country

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  42. 42
    + 85
    - 50


    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

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  43. 43
    + 101
    - 74


    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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  44. 44
    + 75
    - 62


    Blues-rock, Country rock, Country

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  45. 45
    + 82
    - 68


    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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  46. 46
    + 96
    - 50


    Country

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  47. 47
    + 86
    - 56


    Outlaw country, Country

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  48. 48
    + 99
    - 64


    Country

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  49. 49
    + 107
    - 75


    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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  50. 50
    + 91
    - 81


    Vocal harmony, Country

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