Country Music The Top Country Artists of All Time  

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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
1,614 711
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
1,075 607
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

3
1,122 468
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 3 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

4
1,055 606
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
1,531 590
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You

6
1,221 509
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset

7
1,102 441
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
1,041 724
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
846 508
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
1,110 426
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
826 439
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase

12
774 457
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

13
781 410
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

14
551 435
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
657 376
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
747 396
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
685 373
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
691 531
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
621 385
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
540 390
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
696 482
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

22
645 290
Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
480 334
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Let's Build A World Together, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, We Go Together

24
424 335
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
That Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays

25
527 435
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

26
495 328
Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
515 370
The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
A Merry Christmas to All, Christmas Time Down South, Redneck Fiddlin' Man

28
514 332
Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, 3 Pears, Come On Christmas

29
423 302
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together

30
532 405
Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley Christmas, I'm Gonna Miss Her

31
397 272
Keith Whitley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kentucky Bluebird, Don't Close Your Eyes, L.A. to Miami

32
437 271
Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
This Is Country, 36 All-Time Greatest Hits, New Moves/Traces

33
351 301
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

34
366 322
Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas With Ronnie Milsap, It Was Almost Like a Song, There's No Gettin' Over Me

35
332 266
Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Looking for Christmas, Christmas With You, Put Yourself in My Shoes

36
421 319
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
hwy60 added Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

37
540 449
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern

38
350 271
The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Elvira, Christmas With the Oakridge Boys, Country Christmas Eve

39
487 379
Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Welcome to the Fishbowl, No Shoes, No Shirt

40
348 287
Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
East Bound and Down, When You're Hot, You're Hot

41
528 524
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

42
445 367
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Red River Blue, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton

43
418 232
Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Buck Owens Collection (1959-1990), Christmas With Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, I Don't Care

44
321 236
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, This Kiss

45
419 311
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

46
292 243
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

47
261 214
Roger Miller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Best of Roger Miller, Volume Two: King of the Road, Greatest Hits

48
278 226
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Golden Sounds of Country Music, Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits, Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton 1956-1960

49
302 267
The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas Card, Christmas Wishes, Holy Bible: The Old Testament

50
313 260
June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Johnny and June, June Carter and Johnny Cash: Duets, Carryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter