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The Top Country Artists of All Time

Updated September 22, 2021 236.3k votes 11.1k voters 183.6k views297 items

List RulesOnly 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, with this poll of the greatest country musicians spanning from classic country to contemporary country music.

From Nashville, Tennessee, to the Lone Star state of Texas, the biggest country artists' lives have been immortalized throughout their records and film. Johnny Cash is a prime example of a country artist who has appealed to people from every walk of life. In addition to the 2005 biopic Walk the Line, the Man in Black released over 90 studio albums, working tirelessly until his death in 2003. Another country music trailblazer, Willie Nelson is one of the genre's living legends, and he continues to tour and entertain fans throughout the country, even in his old age. Men, however, aren't the only superstars who redefined country music. Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and Shania Twain broke countless glass ceilings, collaborating with artists across rock, pop, folk, and dance.

There are a lot of great names on this Ultimate List of the Top Country Artists of All Time. In fact, many of these critically acclaimed musicians have won Grammys, American Music Awards, Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and even Video Music Awards.

So it's up to you to decide who deserves to be named the best country music artist ever. Vote for your favorite country musicians below, and be sure to vote based on the quality of their albums and songs rather than simply their popularity or fame. 

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