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
1,751 758
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
1,147 685
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

3
1,213 512
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
1,669 624
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You

5
1,129 644
George Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 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)

6
1,320 538
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset

7
1,182 463
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
1,130 778
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
913 557
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
1,198 463
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
881 476
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
843 482
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
848 437
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

14
592 475
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
807 431
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
715 409
Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
An Old Time Christmas, Worship & Faith, Heroes & Friends

17
735 396
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
744 573
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
685 410
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
580 421
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
697 315
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
744 527
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Jailhouse Rock, The Sun Sessions, From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters

23
535 350
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
468 357
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
553 355
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

26
518 357
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
571 472
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

28
550 391
The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
A Merry Christmas to All, Christmas Time Down South, Redneck Fiddlin' Man

29
463 332
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
432 296
Keith Whitley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kentucky Bluebird, Don't Close Your Eyes, L.A. to Miami

31
469 293
Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
This Is Country, 36 All-Time Greatest Hits, New Moves/Traces

32
460 343
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
hwy60 added Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

33
574 435
Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley Christmas, I'm Gonna Miss Her

34
397 346
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
592 478
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern

36
361 287
Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Looking for Christmas, Christmas With You, Put Yourself in My Shoes

37
381 288
The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Elvira, Christmas With the Oakridge Boys, Country Christmas Eve

38
388 324
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

39
454 250
Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
525 407
Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Welcome to the Fishbowl, No Shoes, No Shirt

41
492 399
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Red River Blue, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton

42
374 314
Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
East Bound and Down, When You're Hot, You're Hot

43
329 262
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

44
431 249
Travis Tritt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
A Travis Tritt Christmas: A Loving Time of Year, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Country Club

45
453 269
Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
hwy60 added I Still Believe In You, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection

46
579 557
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

47
324 290
The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas Card, Christmas Wishes, Holy Bible: The Old Testament

48
283 238
Roger Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Best of Roger Miller, Volume Two: King of the Road, Greatest Hits

49
452 336
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

50
353 271
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, This Kiss