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?" 
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1,233 104
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
910 114
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Bakersfield sound, Country
3
990 87
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Christian music, Americana
4
845 151
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Americana, Traditional pop music
5
839 156
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
904 141
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
681 100
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
605 133
Johnny Paycheck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Honky-tonk, Country
9
508 148
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
472 110
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
514 162
Jamey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Country
12
347 118
Billy Joe Shaver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country
13
419 140
Steve Earle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Americana, Heartland rock, Country rock
14
261 69
The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
15
485 206
Hank Williams III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Americana, Psychobilly
16
288 102
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
256 93
Jerry Jeff Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country
18
260 135
Jessi Colter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Pop music, Country
19
258 84
Sturgill Simpson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
bcook added Americana, Alternative country, Roots rock
20
326 159
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
175 75
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
191 41
Cody Jinks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
TuckerKennedy added
23
245 79
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
203 119
Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Pop music, Rock music, Folk music
25
192 128
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Outlaw Country Artists of All Time
Outlaw country, Country