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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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1,099 431
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 Male Country Singers of All Time The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

2
736 356
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Willie Nelson Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

3
991 387
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
George Strait Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You

4
741 360
George Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 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)

5
757 286
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
805 351
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset

7
640 435
Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
738 298
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Waylon Jennings Dreaming My Dreams, A Man Called Hoss, Good Hearted Woman

9
555 314
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dolly Parton Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

10
693 286
Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alan Jackson Let It Be Christmas, Honky Tonk Christmas, Thirty Miles West

11
555 311
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Patsy Cline Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase

12
505 300
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alabama Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

13
508 276
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Conway Twitty Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

14
467 270
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

15
381 275
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 Greatest Country Blues Songs The 36 Greatest On-Stage Falls of All Time

16
429 239
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

17
446 332
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

18
485 276
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

19
419 252
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brooks & Dunn It Won't Be Christmas Without You, Hillbilly Deluxe, Red Dirt Road

20
464 302
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
361 263
Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Marty Robbins A Christmas Remembered, Christmas With Marty Robbins, Marty! (disc 2)

22
403 195
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

23
326 228
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
340 244
Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
359 250
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

26
338 274
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Shania Twain Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

27
341 216
Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dwight Yoakam Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, 3 Pears, Come On Christmas

28
360 275
Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley Christmas, I'm Gonna Miss Her

29
276 226
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Glen Campbell That Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays

The Best Country Songs About Women 30 Realizations That Will Change Your Life in Some Small Way

30
231 193
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Martina McBride White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

31
257 204
Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
263 180
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together

33
216 154
Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Clint Black Looking for Christmas, Christmas With You, Put Yourself in My Shoes

34
319 259
Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Chesney Welcome to the Fishbowl, No Shoes, No Shirt

35
340 327
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Toby Keith Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern

36
293 142
Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
240 173
The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Oak Ridge Boys Elvira, Christmas With the Oakridge Boys, Country Christmas Eve

38
264 165
Keith Whitley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Keith Whitley Kentucky Bluebird, Don't Close Your Eyes, L.A. to Miami

39
178 177
Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Chet Atkins East Tennessee Christmas, Chester & Lester, Simpatico

40
266 167
Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
hwy60 added Vince Gill I Still Believe In You, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection

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327 368
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

42
219 178
The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Statler Brothers Christmas Card, Christmas Wishes, Holy Bible: The Old Testament

43
291 210
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
hwy60 added David Allan Coe Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

The Best Country Songs About Memories The Best Comedian Biopics

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244 196
Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Jerry Reed East Bound and Down, When You're Hot, You're Hot

45
290 184
Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Don Williams This Is Country, 36 All-Time Greatest Hits, New Moves/Traces

46
298 219
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

47
171 176
Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Charlie Rich Set Me Free, Behind Closed Doors, Fully Realized

48
225 163
June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 48 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

49
164 182
Sara Evans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Sara Evans Born to Fly, Restless, The Early Years

50
198 155
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya