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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    the people's #1
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    most listed
    Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    ranked low on reranks
    Country

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    Rock and roll, Country

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 146
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    ranked low on reranks
    Country, Neotraditional country

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  15. 15
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    - 102

    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

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

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    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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    Nashville sound, Country

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Country, Southern rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rockabilly, Country

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    Pop music, Country rock, 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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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Vocal harmony, Country

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    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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

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    ranked low on reranks
    Country pop, Country rock, Country

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    Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Country

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    Outlaw country, Country

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    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gospel music, Country

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music

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    + 72
    - 48

    Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

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    - 51
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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country

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    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

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