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 & most listed
    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

    ) open buy
  2. 2
    + 212
    - 88

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Country

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 235
    - 73


    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 198
    - 82


    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 184
    - 108

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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 261
    - 60

    ranked low on reranks
    Country

    ) open buy
  7. 7
    + 141
    - 81


    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

    ) open
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    + 166
    - 63

    ranked low on reranks
    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 140
    - 69


    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 128
    - 80


    Rock and roll, Country

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 147
    - 65


    Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 133
    - 74


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 101
    - 71

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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 167
    - 51

    ranked low on reranks
    Country, Neotraditional country

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 162
    - 93


    Country pop, Rock music, Country rock

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 124
    - 56


    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

    ) open
  17. 17
    + 109
    - 52


    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 85
    - 54


    Nashville sound, Country

    ) open
  19. 19
    + 95
    - 66
    ) open
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    + 81
    - 44
    ) open
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    + 93
    - 58


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open buy
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    + 82
    - 54
    ) open
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    + 75
    - 61


    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

    ) open buy
  24. 24
    + 75
    - 40


    Pop music, Country rock, Country

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 65
    - 64

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rockabilly, Country

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 60
    - 49


    Vocal harmony, Country

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 97
    - 69


    Country, Southern rock

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 83
    - 53


    Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 94
    - 53


    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 70
    - 49


    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 103
    - 63


    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 44
    - 48

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Gospel music, Country

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 50
    - 49

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

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 70
    - 26

    ranked low on reranks
    Country pop, Country rock, Country

    ) open buy
  35. 35
    + 59
    - 43
    ) open
  36. 36
    + 81
    - 53


    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 63
    - 30

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

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 59
    - 52


    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 50
    - 43
    ) open
  40. 40
    + 63
    - 41


    Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 52
    - 36


    Outlaw country, Country

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 78
    - 52
    ) open
  43. 43
    + 74
    - 54


    Country

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 48
    - 45

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Folk music, Jazz, Country

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 68
    - 45


    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

    ) open buy
  46. 46
    + 67
    - 33


    Bakersfield sound, Country

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 51
    - 41


    Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 60
    - 27

    added by hwy60
    Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 54
    - 34
    ) open
  50. 50
    + 45
    - 39


    Country

    ) open
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