bands/musicians The Top Country Artists of All Time

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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 Outlaw country, Christian music Americana

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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
George Strait Country

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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams Outlaw country, Western music Folk music

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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Merle Haggard Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound Country

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George Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
George Jones Country

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Willie Nelson Outlaw country, Americana Traditional pop music

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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Waylon Jennings Outlaw country, Country rock Progressive country

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Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alan Jackson Country, Neotraditional country

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Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Garth Brooks Country pop, Rock music Country rock

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop Pop music

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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music Rockabilly

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Alabama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alabama Country pop, Pop music Rock music

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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Conway Twitty Rock and roll, Country

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Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Loretta Lynn Honky-tonk, Alternative country Gospel music

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Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams, Jr. Outlaw country, Country rock Country

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Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Randy Travis Gospel music, Country Neotraditional country

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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Rogers Country pop, Pop music Rock music

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Elvis Presley Christian music, Pop music Rock music

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Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brooks & Dunn Country

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Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tim McGraw Country, Southern rock

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Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Reba McEntire Country pop, Country rock Country

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Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Marty Robbins Pop music, Rockabilly Rock and roll

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Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Charley Pride Country

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Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tammy Wynette Nashville sound, Country

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Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brad Paisley Americana, Rock music Country rock

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The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time

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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Glen Campbell Pop music, Rock music Folk music

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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music Rock music

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music Contemporary Christian music

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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Martina McBride Adult contemporary music, Country pop Country

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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dwight Yoakam Rockabilly, Country rock Country

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David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
David Allan Coe Outlaw country, Rock music Heavy metal

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Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Ronnie Milsap Blue-eyed soul, Country pop Nashville sound

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Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Vince Gill Blue-eyed soul, Country pop Bluegrass

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Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Don Williams Pop music, Country rock Country

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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Toby Keith Country

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Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Chesney Country

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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kris Kristofferson Outlaw country, Rock music Folk music

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The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Statler Brothers Vocal harmony, Country

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The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Oak Ridge Boys Christian music, Pop music Gospel music

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Keith Whitley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Keith Whitley Country

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Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Clint Black Country

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Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Jerry Reed Rockabilly, Country

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Travis Tritt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Travis Tritt Country

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Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Buck Owens Bakersfield sound, Country

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Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Chet Atkins Folk music, Jazz Country

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Sara Evans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Sara Evans Country

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Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tanya Tucker Outlaw country, Country

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
John Denver Western music, Pop music Traditional music

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Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Blake Shelton Country