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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    Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

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    Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

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    Country

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    Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

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    most listed
    Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

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    Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

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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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    Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Rock and roll, Country

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    Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Gospel music, Country, Neotraditional country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Country

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    Country, Southern rock

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    Country pop, Country rock, Country

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    Pop music, Rockabilly, Rock and roll

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    Country

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    Nashville sound, Country

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    Americana, Rock music, Country rock

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    Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

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    Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

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    Blue-eyed soul, Country pop, Nashville sound

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    Adult contemporary music, Country pop, 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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    Country

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    Country

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    Christian music, Pop music, Gospel music

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    Country

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    Vocal harmony, Country

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    Country

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    Rockabilly, Country

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    Bakersfield sound, Country

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    Country

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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Country

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    Western music, Pop music, Traditional music

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    Country

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    Country

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