Country Music 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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1
1,878 820
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

2
1,218 751
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

3
1,804 652
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You

4
1,201 670
George Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, Let's Build A World Together, A Picture of Me (Without You)

5
1,282 549
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
A Country Christmas With Merle Haggard, I'm a Lonesome Fugitive / Mama Tried, Last of the Breed

6
1,400 556
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset

7
1,258 486
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dreaming My Dreams, A Man Called Hoss, Good Hearted Woman

8
1,215 815
Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Songs from Call Me Claus, Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas, Beyond the Season

9
979 583
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

10
1,288 484
Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Let It Be Christmas, Honky Tonk Christmas, Thirty Miles West

11
904 507
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

12
924 499
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase

13
902 457
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

14
630 499
Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas, Once Upon a Christmas, Christmas in America

15
770 428
Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
An Old Time Christmas, Worship & Faith, Heroes & Friends

16
863 455
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection

17
772 412
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas

18
797 609
Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Live Like You Were Dying, Two Lanes of Freedom, Please Remember Me

19
744 424
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
It Won't Be Christmas Without You, Hillbilly Deluxe, Red Dirt Road

20
608 441
Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
A Christmas Remembered, Christmas With Marty Robbins, Marty! (disc 2)

21
736 335
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of Reba, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Reba McEntire, Merry Christmas to You

22
508 371
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
That Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays

23
574 362
Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me, Christmas in My Home Town, Best of the Best: Inducted into the Hall of Fame 2000

24
788 559
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

25
591 369
Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, 3 Pears, Come On Christmas