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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?" 
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1
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
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country
3
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
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana
5
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country rock, Country
6
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Rock music, Heavy metal
7
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
Johnny Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country
9
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
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
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock
12
Jamey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Country
13
Billy Joe Shaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country
14
The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
15
Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly
16
Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Folk music, Country
17
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
bcook added Americana, Alternative country, Roots rock
18
Jerry Jeff Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country
19
Jessi Colter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Pop music, Country
20
Ray Wylie Hubbard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
DougGlasgow added Folk music, Country, Cowpunk
21
Shooter Jennings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country rock, Alternative country
22
Cody Jinks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
TuckerKennedy added
23
Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
ravi2 added Bluegrass, Country, Southern rock
24
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country
25
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music