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Greatest Country Artists of All Time

When putting together this ranking of country music&#;s all-time greats, we looked to movie criticism for inspiration. For decades Citizen Kane topped nearly every list as the greatest film ever made, but with time, some started to realize that, hey, just maybe The Godfather is the better picture. Likewise, we reevaluated exactly where Hank Williams fits into country music, the true influence of Merle Haggard, and if an artist as clearly in the pop realm as Taylor Swift deserves inclusion. (Spoiler alert: She does.)

Of course, while artists is a lengthy list, there isn&#;t room for everyone. We didn&#;t include those who were primarily songwriters, like Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard. We respectfully skipped past Chet Atkins, who, though an architect of the Nashville Sound and a solo artist, was chiefly a sideman and producer. And we omitted both Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, whose admittedly important contributions to country music took a backseat to their work in rock & roll and soul.

For those who made the cut, we considered their lasting impact on the genre, their recorded output and even their legacy as an entertainer. Some of the contemporary artists we included – all of them already trailblazers – also benefited from our speculation that their best work may in fact be ahead of them.

But in the end, the common denominator for both legends and today&#;s stars was that they are all one-of-a-kind.

&#;Here&#;s the thing about history,&#; Vince Gill told Rolling Stone in , &#;the greatest artists that had the greatest longevity were all original.&#;

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Top 10 Outlaw Country Pioneers

Famed for an anti-establishment stance and a love of the earthier end of the country music spectrum, ‘outlaw country’ artists are performers who have rejected the slick production values and popular structures of the highly stylised Nashville sound and simply gone their own sweet way. Alive or dead, uDiscover’s Top 10 Outlaw Country Pioneers walked it like they talked it and their music continues to inspire the finest country music artists today.

Waylon Jennings
Texas-born Waylon Jennings recorded extensively for A&M during the s, but hated the Nashville establishment, once saying “they kept trying to destroy me”. After gaining creative control with a new deal with RCA, early 70s LPs Lonesome, On’ry And Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes yielded considerable success.

Emmylou Harris
Initially coming to prominence singing on doomed country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons’ legendary solo albums GP and Grievous Angel, Alabama native Harris has won 13 Grammys and worked with the likes of Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. ‘Elite Hotel’, ‘Blue Kentucky Girl’ and ‘In My Dreams’ are among her catalogue of classics.

George Jones
Famous for his wild lifestyle and tempestuous marriage to Tammy Wynette, George Jones’ year career also yielded a monster hits including ‘She Thinks I Still Care’ and his signature song ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’.

Townes Van Zandt
Magnificent Texan-born singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt achieved posthumous fame when Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song ‘Pancho & Lefty’, but he spent much of his life playing small venues, living in basic accommodation and battling alcoholism and bipolar disorder.

Merle Haggard
During his youth, California-born Merle Haggard road freight trains and ended up in jail for a string of offences. Turning his life around, he later scored 38 No 1 hits on the US Country Charts (including ‘Workin’ Man Blues’ and ‘Okie From Muskogee’) and became one of outlaw country’s most iconic figures.

Steve Earle
Hailing from Virginia, Steve Earle has experienced everything from drug addiction to incarceration, but he’s come through and has amassed an awesome catalogue ranging from ’s Guitar Town to ’s So You Wanna Be An Outlaw.

Loretta Lynn
The daughter of a Kentucky coal miner, the trailblazing Loretta Lynn taught herself to play guitar and established her career from the bottom up, scoring hits with hard-hitting songs about blue-collar women’s issues such as birth control (‘The Pill’) and repeated childbirth (‘One’s On The Way’).

Johnny Cash
Perhaps the very epitome of the outlaw country icons, Arkansas-born Johnny Cash beat off alcohol, drugs and repeated run-ins with the law to sell over 90 million records and become one of the giants of the music industry.

Willie Nelson
Living the life of a hellraising, anti-establishment figure did nothing to curtail Willie Nelson&#;s rise to the very top of the outlaw country tree, thanks to evergreen 70s albums such as Shotgun Willie and Red Headed Stranger.

Hank Williams
He lived fast and died aged just 29, yet Hank Williams continues to inspire rebellious roots musicians the world over with his legendary standards such as ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ and ‘I’m So Lonesome I Cry’.

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  1. Hank Williams

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    Hank Williams (September 17, – January 1, ), born Hiram King Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the…

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  3. Patsy Cline

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    Patsy Cline (born Virginia Patterson Hensley; September 8, – March 5, ) was an American singer. She is considered one of the most…

  4. Merle Haggard

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    Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, – April 6, ) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler.

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  6. George Jones

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    George Glenn Jones (September 12, – April 26, ) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He achieved international fame for his…

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  8. Waylon Jennings

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    Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, – February 13, ) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Jennings began playing guitar at eight…

  9. George Strait

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    George Harvey Strait Sr. (born May 18, ) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. George Strait is known as…

  10. Loretta Lynn

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    Loretta Lynn (born April 14, in Butcher Hollow,Van Lear, Kentucky) is an American country singer who was the leading country female vocalist…

  11. Kenny Rogers

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    Kenneth Ray Rogers (August 21, – March 20, ) was a prolific American country music singer, songwriter, actor, record producer,…

  12. Marty Robbins

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    Martin David Robinson (September 26, – December 8, ), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, actor,…

  13. Conway Twitty

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    Conway Twitty (1 September – 5 June ), born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, was one of the United States' most successful artists of the 20th…

  14. Kris Kristofferson

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    Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, ) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Among his songwriting credits are the songs "Me and…

  15. Willie Nelson

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    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, ) is an American musician, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (), combined…

  16. Tammy Wynette

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    Tammy Wynette (May 5, – April 6, ) was an American country singer and songwriter. She was known as the "First Lady of Country Music"…

  17. Buck Owens

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    Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. (August 12, – March 25, ), better known as Buck Owens, was an American singer and guitarist who had 21 No. 1 hits…

  18. Charley Pride

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    Charley Pride (born Charley Frank Pride on 18 March ; died 12 December ) was an American singer, musician, guitarist, business owner, and…

  19. Jim Reeves

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    James Travis "Jim" Reeves (August 20, – July 31, ) was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter. With records charting…

  20. Hank Williams Jr.

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    Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, ), known professionally as Hank Williams Jr. or alternatively as Hank Jr. or Bocephus, is an American…

  21. Don Williams

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  23. Glen Campbell

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    Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, – August 8, ) was an American rock and country music singer, musician, songwriter, television host and…

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List of country performers by era

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Below is a list of notable country performers alphabetically by period, with each listing followed by a description of the artists' work.

Early innovators[edit]

  • The Carter Family, rural country-folk from Poor Valley, Virginia, known for hits like "Wildwood Flower", recorded the first commercially released country music records under producer Ralph Peer in Bristol, Tennessee. The Carter Family are regarded as the "First Family of Country Music", and founders of country music, along with Jimmie Rodgers.
  • Jimmie Rodgers, first solo country superstar, the undisputed "Father of Country Music". Rodgers recorded his first record under Ralph Peer in Bristol, Tennessee the day after the original Carter Family recorded theirs.
  • Gene Autry, began recording in the early s before entering the film business and becoming the first Singing Cowboy.
  • Vernon Dalhart recorded hundreds of songs until
  • Uncle Dave Macon, banjo player, singer, and songwriter who became the first star of the Grand Ole Opry in the late s
  • Roy Acuff Grand Ole Opry star for 50 years, "King of Country Music".
  • Jenny Lou Carson, the first female to write a No.&#;1 Country Hit () "You Two-Timed Me One Time Too Often".
  • Patsy Montana, the first female Country singer to sell 1 million records.
  • Girls of the Golden West, one of the first Country music duo groups.
  • Freddie Hart In he moved to California and joined Lefty Frizzell's band shortly after when introduced to Capitol Records where Carl Smith recorded "Loose Talk: his very first number one song in
  • Ernest Tubb Beloved Texas troubadour who helped scores become stars.
  • Al Dexter, a country musician and songwriter, best known for "Pistol Packin' Mama," a hit that was one of the most popular recordings of the World War II years.
  • Minnie Pearl
  • Carl Perkins
  • Red Foley, the first major country star after World War II, host of Ozark Jubilee
  • Hank Snow Canadian-born Grand Ole Opry star famous for his traveling songs.
  • Hank Williams pioneer, singer, and songwriter, known for hits including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)".
  • Bill Monroe, father of bluegrass music.
  • The Davis Sisters, best known for the hit "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know"
  • Louvin Brothers, inspired the Everly Brothers.
  • Little Jimmy Dickens 4-foot 11&#;inch star of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Goldie Hill, the "golden hillbilly", best known for the hit song "I Let the Stars Get in My Eyes".
  • Wilf Carter, the "yodeling" cowboy, aka Montana Slim.
  • Jean Shepard, one of Country's leading female vocalists in the s.
  • Webb Pierce, classic honky-tonker who dominated '50s country music.
  • Kitty Wells, country's first female superstar, called the "Queen of Country Music".
  • Johnny Cash created the boom-chicka-boom sound and recorded music from to
  • Ray Price, created the 4/4 shuffle which transformed traditional country music.
  • Glen Campbell, "The Rhinestone Cowboy," legendary session guitarist who launched out as a solo act and broke Country Music's 3-chord barrier and popularized "The Nashville sound" known for lush string and orchestral arrangements.
  • Woody Guthrie, wrote and sang the song "This Land is Your Land" and is cited by musicians from many genres as an inspiration.
  • Bob Wills, considered by many artist to be the real king of country music
  • Carl Smith, whose forceful and energetic voice on his hit singles such as "Loose Talk" and "Hey Joe!" can still be heard in country music today.

Performers of the Golden Age in the s, s and s[edit]

  • Bill Anderson, singer who is still a major songwriter of new hits
  • Liz Anderson, as famous for her songwriting as her singing; mother of Lynn Anderson
  • Lynn Anderson, a California blonde who became a major country star in the 70s; helped by regular exposure on national television, was one of the first female artists to achieve major crossover success. Has won CMA, ACM, AMA, & Grammy Awards. Named Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" ().
  • Deborah Allen, a popular 80s country vocalist, songwriter. Best known for "Baby I Lied."
  • Eddy Arnold, the all-time hit leader by Joel Whitburn's point system
  • Moe Bandy, singer of the 70s/80s; paired with Joe Stampley on a series of recordings
  • The Browns, brother-sister trio
  • Glen Campbell, brought a whole new audience to Country Music with his TV show, co-starred with John Wayne in movie "True Grit," won many awards, top Country Music hitmaker and pop crossover icon. He popularized "The Nashville Sound."
  • Joe Carson, singer started in late s Rockabilly and crossed to country. Died early s.
  • June Carter, singer and comedian; star of the Grand Ole Opry; she became the wife and duet partner of Johnny Cash.
  • Johnny Cash, one of the single most Influential and popular country singers of all time. Best known for hits like "Ring of Fire", "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Cocaine Blues". He died in
  • Connie Cato, Capitol Records country artist recorded three albums in the 70s. Her hits included "Super Skirt," and the top 20 hit "Hurt." She stopped recording in the very early 80s with her final single "Roses for Sale."
  • Patsy Cline, immensely popular balladeer who died in
  • David Allan Coe, Outlaw Country star of the 70s, wrote several outlaw themed songs, released several X-rated albums, which was unheard of in Country Music
  • Jessi Colter, Outlaw country singer and wife of Waylon Jennings, best known for "I'm Not Lisa"
  • John Conlee, had a string of hits from the late 70s to mid 80s, including his signature "Rose Colored Glasses."
  • Skeeter Davis, major female vocalist for decades
  • Mac Davis, country pop hitmaker in the 70s and 80s
  • Jimmy Dean, singer and TV personality, former owner of Jimmy Dean Sausage Company
  • John Denver, singer/songwriter of numerous hit songs throughout the s including Annies song,Back Home Again, and Take Me Home, Country Roads. John Denver died in
  • Roy Drusky, smooth-singing Opry star for 40 years
  • Jimmy Martin, The King of bluegrass
  • Janie Fricke, known for her series of smooth Countrypolitan hits in the early 80s including "He's A Heartache" and "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby."
  • Lefty Frizzell, perhaps the greatest of the honky-tonkers
  • Crystal Gayle, sister of Loretta Lynn who became a Countrypolitan sensation in the 70s and 80s and had 18 No.&#;1's during this stretch. Best known for "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."
  • Bobbie Gentry, one of the first female artists to write and produce her own material.
  • Don Gibson, wrote and recorded many standards
  • Merle Haggard, popularized the Bakersfield sound
  • Tom T. Hall, "The Storyteller", wrote most of his many hits
  • Emmylou Harris has maintained one of the most artistically rewarding careers in country music
  • Hawkshaw Hawkins, Honky-tonk performer from Huntington, WV best known for the songs "Lonesome " and "Pan American." He died on March 5, in a plane crash alongside Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas.
  • Johnny Horton a fantastic singer who met an untimely death that ended a wonderful career.
  • Jan Howard, pop-flavored female vocalist who sang pure country
  • Stonewall Jackson, honky-tonk icon
  • Sonny James, had a record 16 consecutive No. 1 hits
  • Wanda Jackson, honky-tonk female vocalist equally at home in rock and roll
  • Waylon Jennings, one of the leaders of the "outlaw" country sound
  • George Jones, widely considered "the greatest country singer", No.&#;1 in charted hits
  • Dick Curless, Singer/songwriter known mostly for his trucking songs.
  • Kris Kristofferson, songwriter and one of the leaders of the "outlaw" country sound
  • k.d. lang, Canadian country-pop singer-songwriter, known for her campy performances, androgynous look, and mezzo-soprano range, winning CCMA's Entertainer of the Year Award in , , , and , Best Album for Shadowland, and the American Grammy Awards for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for "Crying" (shared with Roy Orbison), and Best Female Country Music Performance , for Absolute Torch and Twang.
  • Myrna Lorrie, the first Lady of Canadian Country Music.
  • Loretta Lynn, arguably country music's biggest star in the s and early s.
  • Barbara Mandrell, first artist to win Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year twice (, ). Known for highly polished live concerts. Had the last successful prime-time network variety show on NBC – Charted over 50 country hits from the early s thru the late s. Could sing, dance and play over 10+ instruments.
  • Roger Miller, songwriter and Grammy record-breaker
  • Ronnie Milsap, country's first blind superstar and arguably the most popular country star of the late s and early s; scored 40 No.&#;1 hits (35 of which reached the top spot on Billboard)
  • Melba Montgomery, duet vocalist in the 60s, who launched a solo career in the 70s
  • Anne Murray, Prominent Canadian country-pop vocalist best known for the songs "Snowbird," "Could I Have This Dance," "You Needed Me," and others in the ss.
  • Willie Nelson, songwriter and one of the leaders of the outlaw country sound
  • Mickey Newbury, singer/songwriter started the lyric revolution in Nashville with his album Looks Like Rain. He wrote over songs and has over covers to date. He was a songwriter's songwriter.
  • Marie Osmond, Youngest female to date to have a No.&#;1 country hit, with "Paper Roses" in , and also had a string of country hits in the mids such as;"Meet Me in Montana" (with Dan Seals), "There's No Stopping Your Heart", "Read My Lips", "You're Still New To Me" (with Paul Davis), and "I Only Wanted You".
  • Norma Jean, gifted "hard country" vocalist, known also as Pretty Miss Norma Jean
  • Buck Owens, Hottest artist of the '60s, pioneer innovator of the Bakersfield sound
  • Gram Parsons, Parsons joined [the Byrds] in early after leaving his pioneering International Submarine Band, the Byrds recorded the seminal country rock album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo[1]
  • Dolly Parton, one of the most successful female country artist in history. Country and pop music star, actress (most notably "9 to 5" and "Steel Magnolias"), songwriter. Best known for "I Will Always Love You," which she took to #1 on the country charts in and ; also covered by Whitney Houston for "The Bodyguard" soundtrack.
  • Ray Price, traditional country star of the '50s and '60s, who experienced pop success in the '70s and '80s
  • Charley Pride, the first black country music star in the s and early s. Best known for "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'."
  • Jeanne Pruett, female vocalist of the 70s, best known for the song "Satin Sheets"
  • Bonnie Raitt, an American blues singer-songwriter and a renowned slide guitar player
  • Susan Raye, Buck Owens' protégée who became a solo star with moderate success
  • Jim Reeves, crossover artist, invented Nashville Sound with Chet Atkins
  • Charlie Rich, '50s rock star who enjoyed greatest success in '70s country
  • Marty Robbins, one of the most popular artists in country music history. Named artist of the decade (–) by the Academy of Country Music
  • Jeannie C. Riley, sexy girl in a miniskirt who socked it to the pop charts with "Harper Valley PTA."
  • Kenny Rogers, unique-voiced storyteller who also recorded love ballads and more rock material. He defined what was known as country crossover and became one of the biggest artists in country and any music genre.
  • Jeannie Seely, known as "Miss Country Soul"
  • Billy Joe Shaver, songwriter, wrote all but one song on Waylon Jennings' groundbreaking Honky Tonk Heroes album
  • Connie Smith, recorded "Once a Day, the longest stay at No.&#;1 for any female country artist
  • Margo Smith, known for her sexy come-on songs
  • Sammi Smith, best known for her "husky" voice and hit song "Help Me Make It Through the Night"
  • Sylvia, Countrypolitan sensation the early to mids. Best known for pop-crossover hit "Nobody."
  • Billie Jo Spears, a hard-country vocalist with primarily international popularity
  • Ray Stevens, comedy crossover artist, Branson businessman
  • Mel Tillis, country music legend and father of country singer Pam Tillis.
  • Tanya Tucker, teen Country star whose career later spanned well beyond her teen years, from the mid s to the late s.
  • Conway Twitty, started in the s as a rocker but started the country scene in the s. A voice that scored 55 No.&#;1 hits (Had the most all time until , when George Strait broke the record), released several songs in the s and '80s that were controversial for the time, ("You've Never Been This Far Before", "I'd Love to Lay You Down", "Linda on My Mind")
  • Townes Van Zandt, songwriter, troubador
  • Porter Wagoner, pioneer on country television
  • Gene Watson, Texas country music cult legend, who gained national success after "Love in the Hot Afternoon"
  • Dottie West, one of country music's most influential and groundbreaking female artists
  • The Wilburn Brothers, popular male duet for decades
  • Don Williams, aka "The Gentle Giant" with many popular hits
  • Hank Williams Jr., Leader in the Outlaw country movement. Multi-instrumental talent, and song writing star. Won several awards. Son of Hank Williams Sr.
  • Tammy Wynette, three-time CMA top female vocalist
  • Faron Young, a country chart topper for three decades
  • Ferlin Husky, country music singer who was equally adept at the genres of traditional honky honk, ballads, spoken recitations, and rockabilly pop tunes
  • Hank Locklin, early honky-tonk singer-songwriter who had hits that charted from –

Country rock performers[edit]

Main article: List of country rock musicians

  • The Allman Brothers Band, the most successful southern rock band in history
  • The Band, started out backing up Bob Dylan and their Music from Big Pink is a classic record
  • Black Oak Arkansas
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Blackfoot
  • Jimmy Buffett
  • The Byrds
  • Glen Campbell
  • Charlie Daniels Band
  • Gene Clark
  • Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
  • Desert Rose Band
  • Eric Church
  • The Everly Brothers, predated others in this category but important figures in the transition from rockabilly to country rock
  • The First Edition
  • Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Kinky Friedman
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Heartsfield
  • KANE
  • The Kentucky Headhunters
  • Chris LeDoux
  • Marshall Tucker Band
  • Ricky Nelson, in the latter stage of his career, particularly on songs such as "Garden Party"
  • Michael Nesmith
  • New Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Juice Newton, the top-selling female country rocker of the s
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Ozark Mountain Daredevils
  • Gram Parsons, a pioneer of the country rock and alt-country sound. A member of the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
  • Poco
  • Pure Prairie League (Vince Gill was the lead singer of this group on their biggest pop hit, s "Let Me Love You Tonight.")
  • John Rich
  • Linda Ronstadt, in Country Music Magazine put her on the cover with the title "Queen Of Country Rock".
  • Southern Pacific (band)
  • Gary Stewart honky tonker and southern rocker, legendary throughout the '70s and early '80s.
  • Steve Young
  • Sasha Pieterse

Early s country-music performers[edit]

Lates country-music performers[edit]

Earlys country-music performers[edit]

Lates country-music performers[edit]

&#; country-music performers[edit]

Modern country-music performers, since [edit]

See also[edit]


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    Merle Ronald Haggard (April 6, – April 6, ) was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Haggard was born in Oildale, California, during the Great Depression. His  more

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    Country has always been a cornerstone of American music, but in recent years it has undergone quite a transformation. What was once brushed off as "hick music" is now being enjoyed by more people than ever before. Its audience has grown exponentially, and its songs are dominating the radio waves. While the rest of the music industry continues to struggle, country seems to be stronger than ever. If one thing is for certain, country music isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

    While country music's more recent success can be attributed to a batch of talented, young artists, the real credit should go to the country music mainstays on this list. These top country singers of all time, even those who have died, continue to be instrumental in defining the genre, and their influence can still be felt today.

    Creating this list was a hefty undertaking that required significant input on where to place an artist and which artists belong on the list. The rankings are based on several factors: each artist's album sales; the number of Top 40 hits, No. 1 records, and No. 1 albums; awards and recognition; influence on other artists; and legacy. 

    Some of the artists on this list are also considered to be the top country-to-pop crossover successes. They include, of course, Elvis Presley, along with Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks and Glen Campbell.

    The Top Country Singers of All Time

    1. Johnny Cash
    2. Hank Williams
    3. Merle Haggard
    4. Patsy Cline
    5. Jimmie Rodgers
    6. Bill Monroe
    7. Carter Family
    8. Willie Nelson
    9. Waylon Jennings
    10. George Jones
    11. Conway Twitty
    12. Bob Wills
    13. Tammy Wynette
    14. Loretta Lynn
    15. Buck Owens
    16. Kitty Wells
    17. Dolly Parton
    18. Lefty Frizzell
    19. Ray Price
    20. Eddy Arnold
    21. Ernest Tubb
    22. Webb Pierce
    23. Ronnie Milsap
    24. Jim Reeves
    25. Charley Pride
    26. The Stanley Brothers
    27. George Strait
    28. Flatt & Scruggs
    29. Marty Robbins
    30. Garth Brooks
    31. Elvis Presley
    32. Hank Snow
    33. Don Gibson
    34. Hank Williams Jr.
    35. Roger Miller
    36. Johnny Horton
    37. Charlie Rich
    38. Red Foley
    39. Louvin Brothers
    40. Statler Brothers
    41. Roy Acuff
    42. Gene Autry
    43. Hank Thompson
    44. Bobby Bare
    45. Chet Atkins
    46. George Morgan
    47. Porter Wagoner
    48. Tennessee Ernie Ford
    49. Vern Gosdin
    50. Sonny James
    51. Reba McEntire
    52. Tom T. Hall
    53. Roy Rogers
    54. Tanya Tucker
    55. Bill Anderson
    56. The Oak Ridge Boys
    57. Faron Young
    58. Earl Thomas Conley
    59. Alabama
    60. Barbara Mandrell
    61. Gene Watson
    62. Crystal Gayle
    63. Kenny Rogers
    64. Shania Twain
    65. Glen Campbell
    66. Rodney Crowell
    67. Keith Whitley
    68. Dwight Yoakam
    69. Marty Stuart
    70. Patsy Montana
    71. Don Williams
    72. Steve Wariner
    73. The Judds
    74. Jean Shepard
    75. Roy Clark
    76. Emmylou Harris
    77. Mel Tillis
    78. John Conlee
    79. Ricky Skaggs
    80. Dottie West
    81. T.G. Sheppard
    82. Johnny Paycheck
    83. Bellamy Brothers
    84. Randy Travis
    85. Lynn Anderson
    86. Carl Smith
    87. Dave Dudley
    88. John Denver
    89. Vince Gill
    90. Patty Loveless
    91. Alan Jackson
    92. Clint Black
    93. The Dixie Chicks
    94. Brooks & Dunn
    95. Tim McGraw
    96. Toby Keith
    97. Anne Murray
    98. Diamond Rio
    99. Mark Chesnutt
    100. Alison Krauss + Union Station

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    Hank Williams

    Hank Williams' early death at the age of 29 cemented his legacy in country music. Yet it's because of songs such as "Lovesick Blues," "Cold Cold Heart," and "Lost Highway" that he continues to captivate listeners.

    Essential album: ​"40 Greatest Hits"

    Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash's voice is unmistakable and his cache of songs speaks to his long career. After a string of hits and commercial success in the s and '60s, Cash gained a new following in the '90s with his "American Recordings" series.

    Essential Album: ​"Complete Sun Recordings "

    Merle Haggard

    Merle Haggard had one of the most distinctive voices and was one of music's most gifted songwriters. His prolific songbook includes drinking tunes ("Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down"), political screeds ("Okie from Muskogee"), and jailhouse lamentations ("Mama Tried").

     Essential Album: "Down Every Road "

    Jimmie Rodgers

    Jimmie Rodgers was the first country music star, providing the blueprint for solo artists to come. His charismatic mix of folk, blues, and Tin Pan Alley songs was topped off with his signature "blue yodel." After Rogers died of tuberculosis at 35, he became known as the Father of Country Music.

    Essential Album: "The Essential Jimmie Rodgers"

    Waylon Jennings

    Country singer Waylon Jennings brought a rock 'n' roll spirit to country music in the '70s. Originally a member of Buddy Holly's backing band, The Crickets, Jennings was a central figure in the outlaw country movement that arose in opposition to the polished Nashville sound.

    Essential Album:  "Honky Tonk Heroes"

    George Jones

    Since his first hard-drinking hit in with "White Lightning," George Jones' operatic voice had a profound impact on listeners. Following a dark, alcohol-fueled period in the '70s, he rose like a phoenix from the ashes in with the album "I Am What I Am," which features his signature song "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

    Essential Album: "50 Years of Hits"

    Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton's pin-up curves, angelic voice, and affecting songwriting make her a triple threat. Her talent and appeal have endured over the decades, due to her winning personality and, more important, classics such as "Jolene," "I Will Always Love You," and "9 to 5."

    Essential Album: "Coat of Many Colors"

    Loretta Lynn

    Born and raised in Kentucky coal country, Loretta Lynn put her hardscrabble history to work in songs such as "Coal Miner's Daughter." In the s, the flinty singer courted controversy with the songs "Rated X" and "The Pill." In , she made a comeback with the Jack White-produced stunner "Van Lear Rose."

    Essential Album: "Blue-Eyed Kentucky Girl"

    Willie Nelson

    Willie Nelson's idiosyncratic phrasing and jazz-influenced fretwork set him apart from his contemporaries. His songs "On the Road Again" and "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain" showed that his singular style had commercial appeal.

    Essential Album:  "​Red Headed Stranger"

    Lefty Frizzell

    Lefty Frizzell's honky-tonk classics "Look What Thoughts Will Do," "I Love You a Thousand Ways," and "The Long Black Veil" rival those of his contemporary, Hank Williams. Frizzell's warbling singing voice leaves an imprint on all who hear it.

    Essential Album: "Look What Thoughts Will Do"

    Buck Owens

    Buck Owens was the ambassador of the Bakersfield Sound and a co-host for the TV show "Hee Haw." His amped-up honky-tonk sound gave Nashville a run for its money, electrifying the charts with the songs "Act Naturally" and "Tiger by the Tail."

    Essential Album: "The Buck Owens Collection "

    Gene Autry

    The epitome of the singing cowboy, Gene Autry was a star on records and on screen. His clean-cut persona brought new fans to country music with the help of frontier classics such as "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."

    Essential Album:  "22 Legendary Hits"

    Kitty Wells

    The "Queen of Country Music," Kitty Wells set the mold for female country singers in "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" broke down barriers, proving female country singers were commercially viable and not to be trifled with.

    Essential Album: "Countrypolitan Classics: Kitty Wells"

    Kris Kristofferson

    Kris Kristofferson's gem-cut lyrics earned him a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter, country music's answer to Bob Dylan. Janis Joplin ("Me and Bobby McGee") and Johnny Cash ("Sunday Morning Coming Down") performed his songs before his gravelly voice proved itself a worthy instrument.

    Essential Album:  "Kristofferson"

    Gram Parsons

    Gram Parsons pioneered country rock as a member of multiple bands, among them The Flying Burrito Brothers. After the group dissolved, he came into his own as a solo artist in the s with a pair of classic albums. He death in at just 26 cut his career tragically short.

    Essential Album: ​"Grievous Angel"

    Glen Campbell

    In the s, Glen Campbell brought a pop sheen to country music. His honey voice and orchestral arrangements yielded the  No. 1 hits "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," and "Rhinestone Cowboy."

    Essential Album: ​"Glen Campbell: The Capitol Years "

    Patsy Cline

    Patsy Cline took country music into the pop charts with her full-throated vocals on "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "I Fall to Pieces." Her life was cut short by a plane crash in  

    Essential Album: "Gold"

    Porter Wagoner

    Porter Wagoner did more than help introduce Dolly Parton to the world ("I Will Always Love You" was dedicated to him). As host of his own TV show and singer of "Carroll County Accident," he was one of country music's most singular figures.

    Essential Album: ​"The Essential Porter Wagoner"

    Ernest Tubb

    Ernest Tubb's folksy delivery and lead guitar put him in the lineage of Jimmie Rodgers. He was country music's next big star, whose lovelorn "Walkin' the Floor Over You" stomped all over the charts in

    Essential Album: ​"The Singer, the Writer, the Country Pioneer"

    Tammy Wynette

    Best known for "Stand by Your Man," Tammy Wynette was one of country's biggest female stars in the '60s and '70s. Her embattled marriage with George Jones made her life as much of a soap opera as her music did.

    Essential Album: "Stand by Your Man"

    Chet Atkins

    Chet Atkins was a highly influential producer, music exec, and guitar player. His distinctive picking is heard on hundreds of country recordings, including his own as a solo artist. "Mister Sandman" and "Boo Boo Stick Beat" are among the best.

    Essential Album:  "The Essential Chet Atkins"

    Jim Reeves

    Jim Reeves' smooth country stylings make him a trademark example of the Nashville sound. His popularity was only strengthened after his death, thanks to the canny handling of unreleased recordings by his widow.

    Essential Album:  "Anthology"

    Roy Acuff

    With a voice straight from the Tennessee hills, Roy Acuff brought an old-time dimension to every song he performed. He was also a notable songwriter and music industry figure who played a significant role in the careers of Hank Williams and Roy Orbison, among others.

    Essential Album: ​"​The Essential Roy Acuff "

    Ray Price

    Ray Price's songs were the equivalent of a feather bed, with silky arrangements joined by his smooth vocals. "Heartaches by the Number" and "Release Me" are among his best-known songs.

    Essential Album: ​"The Essential Ray Price"

    Roger Miller

    Country music's resident satirist is good for more than a laugh. Despite being one of Nashville's unusual acts, Roger Miller managed to crack the Top 10 with songs like "King of the Road" and "Dang Me."

    Essential Album: ​"King of the Road: The Genius of Roger Miller"

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