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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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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

The Best Country Songs for Weddings The Best Concert Movies Streaming on Hulu

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Willie Nelson Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

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George Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
George Jones Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, Let's Build A World Together, A Picture of Me (Without You)

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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Merle Haggard A Country Christmas With Merle Haggard, I'm a Lonesome Fugitive / Mama Tried, Last of the Breed

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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset

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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
George Strait Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You

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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Waylon Jennings Dreaming My Dreams, A Man Called Hoss, Good Hearted Woman

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Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Garth Brooks Songs from Call Me Claus, Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas, Beyond the Season

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Patsy Cline Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dolly Parton Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Conway Twitty Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

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Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alan Jackson Let It Be Christmas, Honky Tonk Christmas, Thirty Miles West

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Alabama is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alabama Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

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Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas

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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Rogers Christmas, Once Upon a Christmas, Christmas in America

The Best Fast Country Songs The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Randy Travis An Old Time Christmas, Worship & Faith, Heroes & Friends

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Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying, Two Lanes of Freedom, Please Remember Me

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Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams, Jr. Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection

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Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Marty Robbins A Christmas Remembered, Christmas With Marty Robbins, Marty! (disc 2)

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Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brooks & Dunn It Won't Be Christmas Without You, Hillbilly Deluxe, Red Dirt Road

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

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Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Reba McEntire 20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Reba, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Reba McEntire, Merry Christmas to You

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Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Charley Pride There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me, Christmas in My Home Town, Best of the Best: Inducted into the Hall of Fame 2000

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Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tammy Wynette Let's Build A World Together, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, We Go Together

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The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Charlie Daniels Band A Merry Christmas to All, Christmas Time Down South, Redneck Fiddlin' Man

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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Glen Campbell That Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays

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Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley Christmas, I'm Gonna Miss Her

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Shania Twain Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dwight Yoakam Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, 3 Pears, Come On Christmas

Great Country Songs About Falling in Love The Most Ridiculously Simple Questions Women Can't Agree On

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Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Ronnie Milsap Christmas With Ronnie Milsap, It Was Almost Like a Song, There's No Gettin' Over Me

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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Martina McBride White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

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Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Buck Owens The Buck Owens Collection (1959-1990), Christmas With Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, I Don't Care

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Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Chet Atkins East Tennessee Christmas, Chester & Lester, Simpatico

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The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Oak Ridge Boys Elvira, Christmas With the Oakridge Boys, Country Christmas Eve

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Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Clint Black Looking for Christmas, Christmas With You, Put Yourself in My Shoes

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together

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The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Statler Brothers Christmas Card, Christmas Wishes, Holy Bible: The Old Testament

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Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Chesney Welcome to the Fishbowl, No Shoes, No Shirt

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Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Jerry Reed East Bound and Down, When You're Hot, You're Hot

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David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
David Allan Coe Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Toby Keith Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern

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Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Don Williams This Is Country, 36 All-Time Greatest Hits, New Moves/Traces

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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

The Greatest Country Songs by One-Hit Wonders The Best Netflix Original Documentary Series

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

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Keith Whitley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Keith Whitley Kentucky Bluebird, Don't Close Your Eyes, L.A. to Miami

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Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Charlie Rich Set Me Free, Behind Closed Doors, Fully Realized

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June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
June Carter Cash Johnny and June, June Carter and Johnny Cash: Duets, Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter

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Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Vince Gill I Still Believe In You, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection

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Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

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Trace Adkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Trace Adkins Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, Love Will..., Comin' on Strong