The Top Country Artists of All Time

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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, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Country

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    most listed
    Country

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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Country, Neotraditional country

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    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

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    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    Rock and roll, Country

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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    Country

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    Country

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    Country pop, Country rock, Country

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    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Nashville sound, Country

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    Country, Southern rock

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    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Country

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Bluegrass

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    Pop music, Country rock, Country

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

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    Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Country

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    Country

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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Vocal harmony, Country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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    Country

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    Blues-rock, Country rock, Country

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    Rockabilly, Country

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    Country

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    Country

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    Country

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    Outlaw country, Country

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