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The Top Country Artists of All Time  

Samantha Dillinger
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List Rules Only country singers or bands. No other genres

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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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
George Strait is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Pure Country, The Road Less Traveled, Merry Christmas Strait to You
3
Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Cold, Cold Heart, Beyond the Sunset
4
Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Heroes, Pretty Paper, Countryman
6
George Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 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)
7
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
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Once Upon a Christmas, The Ultimate Collection, The Grass Is Blue
9
Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Let It Be Christmas, Honky Tonk Christmas, Thirty Miles West
10
Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Songs from Call Me Claus, Garth Brooks & The Magic of Christmas, Beyond the Season
11
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
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
Kenny Rogers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Christmas, Once Upon a Christmas, Christmas in America
14
Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Van Lear Rose, Coal Miner's Daughter, A Country Christmas
15
Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Hello Darlin', Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man
16
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
Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
An Old Time Christmas, Worship & Faith, Heroes & Friends
18
Glen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
That Christmas Feeling, A Glen Campbell Christmas, Home for the Holidays
19
Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
It Won't Be Christmas Without You, Hillbilly Deluxe, Red Dirt Road
21
Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Live Like You Were Dying, Two Lanes of Freedom, Please Remember Me
22
Marty Robbins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
A Christmas Remembered, Christmas With Marty Robbins, Marty! (disc 2)
23
Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, 3 Pears, Come On Christmas
24
John Denver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
Rocky Mountain Christmas, Christmas Like a Lullaby, A Christmas Together
25
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 25 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