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
    Johnny Cash

    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana More
    97
  2. 2
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country More
    90
  3. 3
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    most listed
    Willie Nelson

    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music More
    89
  4. 4
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    Country More
    88
  5. 5
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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly More
    84
  6. 6
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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country More
    83
  7. 7
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    Rock and roll, Country More
    82
  8. 8
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    82
  9. 9
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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music More
    82
  10. 10
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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music More
    79
  11. 11
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    Country More
    78
  12. 12
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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music More
    77
  13. 13
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    Country More
    76
  14. 14
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    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock More
    74
  15. 15
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    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll More
    74
  16. 16
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    ranked low on reranks
    Alan Jackson

    Country, Neotraditional country More
    73
  17. 17
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    Nashville sound, Country More
    70
  18. 18
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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music More
    70
  19. 19
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    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country More
    69
  20. 20
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    Vocal harmony, Country More
    68
  21. 21
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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country More
    68
  22. 22
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    Rockabilly, Country More
    66
  23. 23
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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music More
    65
  24. 24
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    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music More
    64
  25. 25
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    Country More
    64
  26. 26
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music More
    63
  27. 27
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    Gospel music, Country More
    63
  28. 28
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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound More
    62
  29. 29
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    62
  30. 30
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    Pop music, Country rock, Country More
    62
  31. 31
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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music More
    61
  32. 32
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    Country, Southern rock More
    60
  33. 33
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    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country More
    60
  34. 34
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music More
    59
  35. 35
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    Country More
    58
  36. 36
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    Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country More
    57
  37. 37
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    Country More
    56
  38. 38
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    Outlaw country, Country More
    56
  39. 39
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    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country More
    55
  40. 40
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    Americana, Rock music, Country rock More
    55
  41. 41
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    Folk music, Jazz, Country More
    55
  42. 42
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    Country More
    54
  43. 43
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    Down 9
    Rock music, Country, Tejano music More
    54
  44. 44
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    Country More
    53
  45. 45
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    Country More
    52
  46. 46
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    Outlaw country, Bluegrass, Country More
    52
  47. 47
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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass More
    51
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  48. 48
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    Country More
    51
  49. 49
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    Folk music, Bluegrass, Gospel music More
    51
  50. 50
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    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country More
    50
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