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The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists 

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To many music fans, honky tonk music encompasses if not a subgenre, then is a general name for old school, retro country music. Elements of country music, like a fiddle, steel guitar that emanated in Oklahoma and Texas were present in honky music, as was the ragtime sound. Honky tonks was a nickname for bars that played country western music or in the present day, honky tonks would be simply known as dive bars. Simply put, honky tonk music, even today, remains wildly popular. For some people, honky tonk music was taken to the masses by the Rolling Stones' popular hit, "Honky Tonk Women," which was inspired by honky tonk artists.

So, what are the best honky tonk bands and artists? Any list of honky tonk artists has to include the first family of modern country music, the Williams. Beginning with Hank Williams and moving down his bloodline, they were extremely popular because of their blend of honky tonk country along with elements of rhythm and blues. Additionally, you'll see the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Loretta Lynn on this list. All of these artists are legends of country music and thus, honky tonk music. This list answers the questions "who are the best honky tonk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest honky tonk musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular honky tonk bands that you might've heard of. (42 items)
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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Gary Stewart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Johnny Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Ernest Tubb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Whitey Morgan and the 78... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Webb Pierce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Kitty Wells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Jimmie Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Dale Watson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Billy Joe Shaver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Jean Shepard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Hawkshaw Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Johnny Bush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Drifting Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
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Confederate Railroad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists