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 Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    most listed Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Country

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    Rock and roll, Country

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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Country

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    Nashville sound, Country

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    Country

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    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

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    Country, Neotraditional country

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    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Vocal harmony, Country

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Country rock, Country

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Pop music

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    Rockabilly, Country

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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    Country

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    Gospel music, 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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    Country

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    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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    Country

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    Country, Southern rock

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    Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country

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    Rock music, Country, Tejano music

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    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, Country

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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

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    Country

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

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    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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    Country

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    Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Country

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    Outlaw country, Bluegrass, Country

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    Country

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