Country Music 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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143 44
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

2
93 25
Gary Stewart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

3
81 35
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

4
85 43
Johnny Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

5
68 30
Ernest Tubb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

6
58 25
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Alternative country, Gospel music

7
78 43
Whitey Morgan and the 78's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Alternative country

8
57 29
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

9
42 18
Webb Pierce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

10
43 25
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

11
38 21
Kitty Wells is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Nashville sound, Honky-tonk, Gospel music

12
42 27
Jerry Lee Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

13
40 27
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

14
52 43
Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly

15
26 19
Billy Joe Shaver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Outlaw country, Country

16
25 21
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
izzymarkem added Country

17
23 20
Dale Watson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
jonathan-trawick added Country

18
22 19
Jean Shepard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Bakersfield sound, Honky-tonk, Country

19
18 15
Jimmie Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Jazz, Country, Blues

20
8 5
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
spursup added Rockabilly, Folk music, Country

21
18 18
Hawkshaw Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

22
17 18
Johnny Bush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country, Western swing

23
22 26
Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Country pop, Country rock, Honky-tonk

24
12 14
Don Helms is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

25
11 13
Drifting Cowboys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

26
22 28
Confederate Railroad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country, Southern rock

27
11 18
Cowboy Copas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

28
11 22
Ace in the Hole Band is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country, Western swing

29
6 16
Skeets McDonald is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Rockabilly, Honky-tonk, Country

30
5 15
Floyd Tillman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country, Western swing

31
5 15
Jerry Byrd is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

32
5 17
Jeanne Pruett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Country pop, Honky-tonk, Country

33
5 21
Honky Tonk Confidential is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

34
4 19
Eileen Rose is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Americana, Indie, Rock music

35
4 21
Eilen Jewell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Americana, Rockabilly, Honky-tonk

36
3 21
Owen Mays is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Americana, Honky-tonk, Country

37
1 13
Kevin Banford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
JustenBrainard added

38
2 25
Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Synthpop, Rock music, World music

39
1 21
Henri Herbert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Boogie-woogie, Rock and roll

40
1 21
FortyTwenty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Honky Tonk Bands/Artists
Honky-tonk, Country

41
1 21
Eric
Blues-rock, Acoustic music, Honky-tonk

42
0 18
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jonathan-trawick added