Country Music The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time  

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List Rules Only outlaw country artists, there shouldn't be any country pop singers on here

This outlaw country artists list ranks the best outlaw country music acts by votes. Outlaw country is widely regarded as one of the most influential subgenres of country music. Originating as a backlash to the slicked up country pop that emanated from Nashville, the best outlaw country singers are some of the most popular country music artists of all time. Outlaw country songs are raw and generally address topics like authority and anti-authority. The scruffy, gruffer tone along with the realism that gave a new voice to the voiceless made outlaw country singers beloved. These famous outlaws and their songs still influence much of modern country music. Though their initial sound and message is often replicated, outlaw country is the backbone of country music and what they've done can never be duplicated.


So, who are the best outlaw country artists? Any list of outlaw country singers has to include rebels like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. These singers are widely considered the cream of the crop, and when you think of outlaw country you generally will think of these artists. If you know outlaw music, you know that these outlaw country songs still live on - even in the case of some of these guys' deaths - because now more than ever, their words still strike a chord with listeners.

That said, it's up to you to determine who are the best outlaw country singers. If you know any underground or new outlaw country music that demands to be heard, feel free to add them if you think they're the best.
This list answers the questions "who are the best outlaw country bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest outlaw country musician ever?" 
list ordered by

1
1,061 79
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country rock, Progressive country

2
779 89
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country

3
716 117
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music

4
830 75
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana

5
780 118
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal

6
716 138
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

7
584 79
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Western music, Folk music

8
512 110
Johnny Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country

9
432 124
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Rock music, Folk music

10
395 93
Charlie Daniels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Rock music, Country rock

11
431 139
Jamey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Country

12
354 116
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock

13
287 101
Billy Joe Shaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country

14
421 178
Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly

15
207 58
The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time

16
226 113
Jessi Colter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Pop music, Country

17
234 91
Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Folk music, Country

18
214 80
Jerry Jeff Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country

19
197 62
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
bcook added

20
274 137
Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country

21
133 63
Ray Wylie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
DougGlasgow added Folk music, Country, Cowpunk

22
165 109
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country

23
174 103
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

24
144 70
Lefty Frizzell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Country

25
166 53
Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
ravi2 added Bluegrass, Country, Southern rock

26
112 57
Robert Earl Keen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Americana, Folk music

27
106 28
Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
egghead added Rockabilly, Country rock, Country

28
102 26
Cody Jinks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
TuckerKennedy added

29
79 55
Tompall Glaser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Country

30
67 50
Dale Watson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Country

31
108 100
Lucinda Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Rock music

32
62 61
Jason Boland & The Stragglers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Red Dirt, Country

33
95 100
Rosanne Cash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Rock music, Folk music, Country

34
46 11
Tyler Childers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Alex Dawes added

35
145 163
Aaron Lewis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
JackMackenzie added Nu metal, Acoustic music, Post-grunge

36
225 225
Eric Church is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country

37
59 64
Cross Canadian Ragweed is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Americana, Red Dirt, Country rock

38
53 24
Bobby Bare is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
egghead added Country

39
47 19
Whitey Morgan and the 78's is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Aaron Fowler added Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Alternative country

40
45 19
Colter Wall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Alex Dawes added

41
37 14
Travis Tritt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
James Huskarl Russell added Country

42
50 69
Pistol Annies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
hellodalai added Outlaw country, Folk, Country

43
37 52
Nikki Lane is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Mandros added

44
32 23
Junior Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
egghead added Americana, Progressive country, Alternative country

45
35 28
June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
egghead added Country

46
13 37
Carlene Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
egghead added Country

47
16 10
Ed Bruce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
James Huskarl Russell added Country

48
19 14
Jason Isbell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
James Huskarl Russell added Rock music, Progressive country, Alternative country

49
34 72
Sammi Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country pop, Country

50
26 26
Kinky Friedman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
egghead added