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The Greatest Classic Country & Western Artists Of All-Time

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List RulesVote up the best country musicians who were prominent before 1990.

Here are the greatest classic country artists ever, ranked by fans everywhere. A long list indeed, given that there are many amazing talents in such a rich genre of American music. Featuring famous country western singers and legendary bands, this list of country artists is focused on the classic style of country, not the more "contemporary country" that started in the 80s and has evolved through today. In other words, don't expect to see many modern country artists ranked here. From early pioneers of the genre like Doc Boggs, to 60s country singers, like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, to some of the 80s country artists, like Patty Loveless, all the most prominent figures in country music who perform the more classic country and western styles are recognized here.  

Vote up the top male and female classic country singers, as well as classic country bands, and add your favorites if they deserve to be on this list. 

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List Rules: Vote up the best country musicians who were prominent before 1990.