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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1,585 700
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
1,059 594
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Willie Nelson Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman

3
1,107 455
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
1,038 597
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
1,503 583
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
George Strait Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You

6
1,201 504
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
1,086 436
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
838 495
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Dolly Parton Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue

9
1,026 715
Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
1,094 418
Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alan Jackson Let It Be Christmas, Honky Tonk Christmas, Thirty Miles West

11
818 434
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Patsy Cline Patsy Cline, Walkin' After Midnight, Patsy Cline Showcase

12
765 449
Alabama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Alabama Christmas Vol. II, Alabama Christmas, Feels So Right

13
773 401
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
546 426
Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Rogers Christmas, Once Upon a Christmas, Christmas in America

15
652 369
Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Randy Travis An Old Time Christmas, Worship & Faith, Heroes & Friends

16
737 390
Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 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

17
681 367
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas

18
684 522
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
616 380
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
532 382
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
686 475
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

22
638 284
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
474 329
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
420 330
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
522 427
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Shania Twain Come On Over, Up!, The Woman in Me

26
512 365
The Charlie Daniels Band is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
488 327
Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
508 328
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

29
418 295
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together

30
526 401
Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Brad Paisley Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley Christmas, I'm Gonna Miss Her

31
393 265
Keith Whitley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Keith Whitley Kentucky Bluebird, Don't Close Your Eyes, L.A. to Miami

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432 266
Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Don Williams This Is Country, 36 All-Time Greatest Hits, New Moves/Traces

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349 293
Martina McBride is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Martina McBride White Christmas, Wild Angels, The Way That I Am

34
362 317
Ronnie Milsap is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
417 313
David Allan Coe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
hwy60 added David Allan Coe Rebel Meets Rebel, David Allen Coe, Longhaired Redneck

36
326 261
Clint Black is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Clint Black Looking for Christmas, Christmas With You, Put Yourself in My Shoes

37
535 443
Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Toby Keith Christmas to Christmas, How Do You Like Me Now?!, Clancy's Tavern

38
345 268
The Oak Ridge Boys is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Oak Ridge Boys Elvira, Christmas With the Oakridge Boys, Country Christmas Eve

39
483 376
Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kenny Chesney Welcome to the Fishbowl, No Shoes, No Shirt

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343 285
Jerry Reed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Jerry Reed East Bound and Down, When You're Hot, You're Hot

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520 521
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Carrie Underwood Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts

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440 361
Blake Shelton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Blake Shelton Red River Blue, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton

43
413 230
Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
417 308
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson, Full Moon, A Star Is Born

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315 233
Faith Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Faith Hill Take Me as I Am, It Matters to Me, This Kiss

46
287 241
Tanya Tucker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Tanya Tucker Delta Dawn, Strong Enough to Bend, Tanya

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276 222
Johnny Horton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Johnny Horton Golden Sounds of Country Music, Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits, Honky Tonk Man: The Essential Johnny Horton 1956-1960

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257 211
Roger Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Roger Miller The Best of Roger Miller, Volume Two: King of the Road, Greatest Hits

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300 265
The Statler Brothers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
The Statler Brothers Christmas Card, Christmas Wishes, Holy Bible: The Old Testament

50
311 258
June Carter Cash is listed (or ranked) 50 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