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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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George Strait is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Merle Haggard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Alan Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Alabama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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George Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Loretta Lynn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Hank Williams, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Reba McEntire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Brooks & Dunn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Conway Twitty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Charley Pride is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Vince Gill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Dwight Yoakam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Randy Travis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Don Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Garth Brooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Alison Krauss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Brad Paisley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time
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Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Country Artists of All Time