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The Top Country Artists of All Time 

Samantha Dillinger
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One of the most distinct and popular American art forms is country music. The origins of country music began in mostly rural areas as simply a person's words sung over an acoustic guitar. From that simple formula rose folk heroes who eventually became cultural icons. The top country music artists of all time are some of the most revered figures in music history. This poll of the greatest country musicians spans from classic country to contemporary country music - from Nashville to Texas.  

The biggest country artists have had their lives immortalized both in their records and in film. Johnny Cash is a prime example of a country artist who has appealed to people from every walk of life. On top of the 2005 movie made about him, the Man in Black released 55 albums and six albums, working tirelessly until his death in 2003. Willie Nelson is one of the living legends in country music. He continues to tour and entertain fans throughout the country even as he get older. He loves touring and fans loves going out to see him sings his vast catalog of hits. 

There are a lot of great names on this Ultimate List of the Top Country Artists of All Time. Many of these musicians are extremely popular with fans and critically acclaimed. So it's up to you to decide who deserves to be named the best country music artist ever.

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Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rockabilly & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America
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Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Nashville sound and Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Folk music, Bluegrass & Gospel music; Nationality: United States of America
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Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Country pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America
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Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America
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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Outlaw country, Rock music & Folk music; Nationality: United States of America
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Ernest Tubb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
RobLein added Genre: Honky-tonk and Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Outlaw country and Country; Nationality: United States of America
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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Western music, Pop music & Traditional music; Nationality: United States of America
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Josh Turner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Bluegrass and Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Patty Loveless is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Country pop, Country rock & Honky-tonk; Nationality: United States of America
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Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Country pop & Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Travis Tritt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Jim Reeves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Nashville sound and Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Blue-eyed soul, Country pop & Nashville sound; Nationality: United States of America
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Barbara Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Country pop & Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Eddy Arnold is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Gospel music & Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Country pop, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Canada
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The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Vocal harmony and Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Roy Acuff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Gospel music and Country; Nationality: United States of America
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Kitty Wells is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
RobLein added Genre: Nashville sound, Honky-tonk & Gospel music; Nationality: United States of America
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Hank Snow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
RobLein added Genre: Country; Nationality: Canada
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Bill Monroe and His Blue... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Genre: Folk music, Jazz & Country; Nationality: United States of America