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
1,473 638
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways, American IV: The Man Comes Around, At Folsom Prison

2
1,372 532
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
George Strait Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You

3
1,022 415
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Merle Haggard A Country Christmas With Merle Haggard, I'm a Lonesome Fugitive / Mama Tried, Last of the Breed

4
978 544
George Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
George Jones Essential George Jones: The Spirit of Country, Let's Build A World Together, A Picture of Me (Without You)

5
987 519
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Willie Nelson Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

6
1,101 472
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset

7
1,015 399
Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Waylon Jennings Dreaming My Dreams, A Man Called Hoss, Good Hearted Woman

8
941 651
Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Garth Brooks Songs from Call Me Claus, Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas, Beyond the Season

9
987 385
Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alan Jackson Let It Be Christmas, Honky Tonk Christmas, Thirty Miles West

10
772 444
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dolly Parton Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

11
701 406
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alabama Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

12
760 404
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Patsy Cline Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase

13
722 364
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Conway Twitty Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

14
605 335
Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Randy Travis An Old Time Christmas, Worship & Faith, Heroes & Friends

The Best New Country Artists

15
516 381
Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Rogers Christmas, Once Upon a Christmas, Christmas in America

16
633 344
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas

17
678 358
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hank Williams, Jr. Old School New Rules, Three Hanks: Men With Broken Hearts, That's How They Do It in Dixie: The Essential Collection

18
631 475
Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying, Two Lanes of Freedom, Please Remember Me

19
575 348
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brooks & Dunn It Won't Be Christmas Without You, Hillbilly Deluxe, Red Dirt Road

20
495 354
Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Marty Robbins A Christmas Remembered, Christmas With Marty Robbins, Marty! (disc 2)

21
646 433
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

The Best Rock Vocalists

22
587 260
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Reba McEntire 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

23
483 340
The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Charlie Daniels Band A Merry Christmas to All, Christmas Time Down South, Redneck Fiddlin' Man

24
399 301
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Glen Campbell That Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays

25
443 306
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tammy Wynette Let's Build A World Together, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, We Go Together

26
458 308
Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Charley Pride 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

27
480 393
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Shania Twain Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

28
471 300
Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dwight Yoakam Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, 3 Pears, Come On Christmas

The Best Fast Country Songs

29
488 364
Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley Christmas, I'm Gonna Miss Her

30
378 271
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together

31
337 294
Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Ronnie Milsap Christmas With Ronnie Milsap, It Was Almost Like a Song, There's No Gettin' Over Me

32
494 418
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Toby Keith Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern

33
299 239
Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Clint Black Looking for Christmas, Christmas With You, Put Yourself in My Shoes

34
371 237
Keith Whitley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Keith Whitley Kentucky Bluebird, Don't Close Your Eyes, L.A. to Miami

35
326 270
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Martina McBride White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

15 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

36
324 254
The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Oak Ridge Boys Elvira, Christmas With the Oakridge Boys, Country Christmas Eve

37
442 353
Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Chesney Welcome to the Fishbowl, No Shoes, No Shirt

38
406 244
Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Don Williams This Is Country, 36 All-Time Greatest Hits, New Moves/Traces

39
388 215
Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Buck Owens The Buck Owens Collection (1959-1990), Christmas With Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, I Don't Care

40
484 459
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

41
326 262
Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Jerry Reed East Bound and Down, When You're Hot, You're Hot

42
395 289
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
hwy60 added David Allan Coe Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

The Best Country Albums of 2018

43
226 258
Chet Atkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Chet Atkins East Tennessee Christmas, Chester & Lester, Simpatico

44
269 224
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

45
297 235
June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
June Carter Cash Johnny and June, June Carter and Johnny Cash: Duets, Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter

46
283 247
The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Statler Brothers Christmas Card, Christmas Wishes, Holy Bible: The Old Testament

47
231 246
Charlie Rich is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Charlie Rich Set Me Free, Behind Closed Doors, Fully Realized

48
391 290
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

49
379 230
Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
hwy60 added Vince Gill I Still Believe In You, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection

50
361 202
Travis Tritt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Travis Tritt A Travis Tritt Christmas: A Loving Time of Year, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Country Club