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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 & most listed Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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  2. 2
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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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

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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    ranked low on reranks Country

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  8. 8
    + 122
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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock and roll, Country

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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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

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    + 107
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 135
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    ranked low on reranks Country, Neotraditional country

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 132
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    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

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  16. 16
    + 109
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    ranked low on reranks Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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  17. 17
    + 78
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    Nashville sound, Country

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    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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    + 79
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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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  22. 22
    + 62
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    Rockabilly, Country

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    + 65
    - 50

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Country rock, Country

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    + 54
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Vocal harmony, Country

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  27. 27
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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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  28. 28
    + 83
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    ranked low on reranks Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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  29. 29
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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    + 91
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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    + 78
    - 57

    Country, Southern rock

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    + 41
    - 37

    Gospel music, Country

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    + 46
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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    + 54
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    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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

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  38. 38
    + 44
    - 27

    Outlaw country, Country

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    + 56
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    Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

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  40. 40
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    - 24

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

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  41. 41
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    ranked low on reranks Country pop, Country rock, Country

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  42. 42
    + 63
    - 44

    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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  43. 43
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    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

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  44. 44
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    ranked low on reranks Bakersfield sound, Country

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  45. 45
    + 56
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    Country

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  47. 47
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    ranked low on reranks & added by hwy60 Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    + 60
    - 46
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    + 41
    - 25

    Outlaw country, Country

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  50. 50
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    - 34

    Country

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