Best Country Singers of All Time

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The Top Ten

Johnny Cash
The most imposing and influential artist in the history of country music. He created his own genre, consisting of the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world-weariness of country. When it comes to country music, Johnny Cash stands alone at the very top and will remain there as long as this old world keeps on turning.
Johnny has billions of good songs and is far better than all Taylor Swifts teenage heartbreak songs about whoever she just dated.
Just voted so that I could say to all of the people who voted for Taylor Swift... You should SWIFTLY kill yourselves. She writes her own music? Yes and it sounds like a middle school girl wrote it. And if you say she has a good voice then you are tone deaf.
[Newest]He spoke the truth and was great because of it

2George Strait
He is the king there will only be one george strait and no one can top his voice git-r-done george
With more number one hits than any other artist of any genre, there is no doubt that the king if country music, George Strait, is one of the greatest of all time.
He has continued to break his own records over and over again. No one in any genre of music is even close to what he has accomplished. King George will reign forever as the best that country has ever offered.
[Newest]Great singer, expert in his field. Has nothing to prove. Nobody sings better than him.

3George Jones
It's only fitting that the best country song in history was performed by the best true country artist of all time. George's songs have the ability to integrate into a person's soul and open his heart to all that the song conveys.
George Jones, is the voice of country music. More releases by far over any singer in the history of music for more than a half century. Very deserving of the number one spot.
First off, tim mcgraw and carrie underwood shouldn't even be on this list. Second, george is the best singer of all time... Period.
[Newest]George Jones' best recordings are for me as good as it gets. I don't think anyone does country better, not even the truly great Johnny Cash, and that's really saying something.

4Hank Williams
Short career probably hurt hanks rating. Nobody can put the heart and soul into a song like Hank
Simply the best from "Nobody's lonesome for me" to "Your cheating heart".
Most influential country singer/songwriter of our time! There's no way he's this LOW on any list unless you're basing your list on your opinion. Hank is a member of both the country and rock and roll Halls of Fame!
[Newest]He set the standard for countless others after him. He was the best and then came the rest.

5Merle Haggard
Sorry but Taylor Swift is to Haggard what Bieber is to Sinatra, the best singer and songwriter in country (if not all American music) by a long long way. I don't even particularly like country as a genre but Merle is the complete package.
He can sing anything and he is so enthralling to listen too what a great song writer and musician he is too
Most Talented in all fields. Compositions, vocals, and a more than adequate musician (guitar and violin)
[Newest]Penned most of his hits... No one like him. Strait didn't write not even one of his hits. Haggard is the true King of Country.

6Waylon Jennings
Waylon, the official ground break in country music. He has his own style unlike any other. More recordings and releases than anyone but George Jones, which could be the only possible singer in front of Waylon. Sure Johnny Cash was awesome, but if he hadn't recorded his last album on his death bed he would not have been as popular with the young listeners and probably deserve the 5th spot. You can't take anything away from Hank Sr. except for having passed at the tender age of 27. It is mostly young people doing these voting's and how could they understand that Taylor Swift after a few years couldn't possibly make an all time list?
One of a kind singer who's career spans from the 58 to 01. Stood the test of time with ballads to hard core country, from a gentleman to an outlaw. Some of the best beats to even a simple strumming. Much more versatile from his voice to his instruments than Johnny Cash ever possibly could have been. George Jones probably deserves the number one spot, but Waylon has always been my favorite.
Absolutely the best country voice of all time. The fact that Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood are on this list disgusts me. So many much better actual country artist out there. But anyway, Waylon is in my opinion the undisputed king of country music.
[Newest]No one better. Ever.

7Garth Brooks
This man has such a big impact on my life, he seems to write songs that everyone could relate to and many sings could ever do that. His songs get to me even the odd time a shead a tear listening to some of his songs they just mean so much to me. Hands down the best country singer that has ever walked the face of this earth. Its great to see to that he is coming back to Ireland!
Without doubt the reason I love country music, my personal no1.
Seen him in Vegas last year and he was inspirational, I hope he tours again I would love to see him in all his glory.
Bar none the greatest entertainer in Country Music to have ever lived. Hope he makes a come back, kind of hard to do considering the popular trend in country is to be a mainstream sell out cough cough Tim McGraw.
[Newest]He is a showman with talent but not among the greats like Hank, Merle & The possum

8Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson Deserves to be #3 on this list. He is the best country singer to come out in the past 30 years bar none. And I might add, the only one not playing gunsel country.
I can simply say He's good, as an African who has not be in Europe or America before, I'm able to understand His songs all because His clear voice.
Was about the last real country singer other than George strait
[Newest]Clearly one of the top 3 of all time

9Conway Twitty
Conway should be way up further in the votes: only George Strait has beat him in number one hits of all time if George Strait had to compete against the same musicians that Conway did for his number ones George Strait would not have nearly as many number one hits as he has
Conway twitty was the best country singer of all times... He was the most handsome man that ever lived and also when alive was the sexiest man alive... No one else could even touch him... He was just simply the best...
If you don't vote for Conway, you don't know country music and shouldn't be voting in the first place.
[Newest]One of the first country legends of country music that came out in the 50's. Got to like Hello Darling, slow hand, duets, one of my favorites Joni, Please don't cry.

10Willie Nelson
Gotta admire a guy who has been one of the top country artists for over forty years in a musical career that began over a half century ago, and to top it off, like myself, he is a connoisseur of the finest herb.
He's one of the best songwriters ever and he's held his own for over 70 years
He's simply the best. His songwriting skills are also second to. One.
[Newest]Great the very best

The Contenders

11Tim McGraw
He is outstanding. I think the top 3 should be george strait, garth brooks and Tim Mcgraw. I like Tim Mcgraw the best but there all great. I mean honestly for some reason I really don't like Johnny cash.
Sweet voice hell I would pay to hear him sing me the most anoying song ever and love it. Tim rocks

12Carrie Underwood
Carrie is one big vocal powerhouse! She reminds me a little of Tammy Wynette in the way she can belt out a song with such freedom and abandon. A gorgeous young woman who's meteoric rise is we'll justified.
She brings so much power to her songs. She has done nothing wrong in her life and she is truly amazing. As one of my friends like to say she has the song of an ANGEL!
She is real and not a fake person
[Newest]Shes great, my favourite song of hers is little toy guns

13Randy Travis
A younger George Jones with a deep, rich baritone, Randy Travis breathed new life into country music, staying true to his roots and the genre while developing his own unique style. While a foray into Gospel and a series of personal problems derailed his career, he is the godfather of the neo-traditionalist country movement.
This man doesn't get the praise he deserves for some reason I don't know. If this list is on terms of who has had the biggest career then OK, but if it is on terms of the best country singer and talent then this man belongs at number 1. Randy Travis is the most gifted country singer ever and can do things with his voice that no one else can get close to.
Randy Travis may not have contributed as much to country music as some of the others on this list, but as far as singing ability goes, he is definitely one of the greatest.

14John Denver
I have no idea why Taylor Swift is rated higher than John Denver. His songs are sentimental, sweet, and he just has an amazing voice.
Country T.V. legend of the 70's with great songwriting skills. Leaving on a jet plane. Country Roads, thank god I'm a country boy. Rocky Mountain High!
Are you kidding me? He was not country. But compared to today's country radio I guess he was. I'll shut up.

15Blake Shelton
Only country singer to go on the voice I like. Should be in the top 10.


Blake Shelton is a true artist who understands music, no matter what the genre, his songs provide a wonderful experience as most of them tell stories.
My favorites are Austin and who are you when I'm not looking?.


He is an awesome singer
[Newest]He is number 1 in my eyes

16Marty Robbins
Marty's voice was so beautiful, his songwriting talents are so often overlooked. Marty wrote many great songs and some of the best country songs of all time: Big Iron, White sport coat, my woman my wife, you gave me a mountain, don't worry, devil woman and of course "El Paso. Marty Robbins the "Legend "
The Greatest voice, a fantastic songwriter of over 500 songs, and a masterful showman. Marty was the most charismatic personality country music has ever had. Simply put, Marty Robbins Rules!
Historical Western Country music Known for his signature song "El Paso"

17Ray Price
This man is not #25, he should be in the top 3. Invented modern country music in 1956, and had the biggest voice of any singer in the genre. Has been around since the time of Hank and still going. This position in the list reflects a great ignorance.
Ray price had respect for country music and most of all his fans. Not like some of the so called new country singers. Isure hope we keep real county alive it was in my life growing up and still is every day.
He is the best singer and very easy to dance to his music also best band
[Newest]Ray should be in top 5 he had dozens of top hits

18Kenny Chesney
Incredible! His voice, songs and lyrics are amazing!
One of the best pure voices of all time.

19Keith Whitley
The best voice ever
If it wasn't for a short career he would definitely be top 5.
Beautiful Voice... no other can touch is voice

20Hank Williams Jr.
Beside waylon, hank is the best
The true king of country
Need to be number one

21Elvis Presley
The best singer ever
I have a friend named after this guy still a great guy

22Jamey Johnson
Jamey is a throw back a total bad ass who followed in the great Waylon Jennings footsteps this guy is the real deal
No way should this guy be on this list. Are you kidding me?!
I like in color

23Jim Reeves
Stop and listen to the voice quality of Jim Reeves. Are you deaf? He is a top five country singer on anyone's list who has an ear for great singing style and skill.
Why has no one added Jim Reeves? "He'll Have to Go". "Welcome to My World". One of the best voices of all time!
One of the best singers that I have heard.

24Keith Urban
I just like his style
His style is unique... with all the trills and runs.. come on! He should be way up...

25Miranda Lambert
Love her writing, and singing
She's a little too sassy
No way #1 should be right

26Don Williams
No singer puts more emotion into each word than he does. His songs are timeless.
One of the finest singers of Country music. Best Friend is always a pleasure to listen.
I love the song I believe in you! I hear he has others and still tours to this day.

27Gene Autry
The Greatest Country singer of all time. Just see Gene Autry Movies of 1935 through 1941. No one sings as soothing, sweet and sincere. He was also a very good yodeler.

28Dwight Yoakam
He brought back the simple structured country music songs, how they were originally started out to be. When country went through the period of not being cool, Dwight brought it back with his whole new honky tonk sound under the influence of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzel and Buck Owens
One of the few modern day country singers that stays true to the roots. True honky tonk feel and has a classic feel. Darn good actor as well.
Best simple stage moves simple songs and did not lose a wife dog or car

29Emmylou Harris
Perhaps the most multi-talented country singer ever, Emmylou can sing many different styles including country rock, contemporary country, and traditional country, just to name a few. My God, she sings with as much heart as anyone I've ever heard.
Thank you for the gift
I think her voice is amazing

30Brad Paisley
Definitely the best of modern times
He has made some amazing music
What, why is Brad Paisley so low down, also Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, KENNY CHESNEY, Toby Keith and Tim McGraw should be higher. At least George Strait is up top, and what about Chris LeDoux
Lol, this is actually the exact comment I was about to write, 8 names mentioned above are literally my favourite country singers
[Newest]Brad should top 5 not 29th

31David Allen Coe
He is one of the original outlaw country singers and a amazing songwriter
Damn right he is

32Steve Earle
The best male alternative country rock artist of all time.
The best singer, songwriter of all time.
Steve Earle should easily be in the top 10

33Lefty Frizzell
The performers of any genre who set permanent standards that are widely imitated should be listed among the best.
How many singers have had the top four songs on the chart at one time? Only Lefty. He is one of the greatest ever!
All these 'modern' and 'pop' singers and no Lefty on the list - ridiculous.

34Charley Pride
Charley Pride by far is one of the purest form of country talent ever! This Man should be in the top #1
A man of class who could sing country as well as it could be done... A great one who deserves better than 36th
Charley pride is the best country singer every in this world the fact he is black people want white ones. This is not right.
Charley pride has made so many more songs which was on the charts.

35John Prine
Insightful songwriter... him in Rodney Crowell have anchored music with durable lyrics that speak the truth about our humanity.

36Reba McEntire
Come on I think she should be a lot higher she has some real good songs and a very nice peron as well
Should be in the top 5 she's amazing

37Shania Twain
One of the most skilled female Country singers in the History of Country music. Her songs hit charts that other Country singers wish they did.
She is in every way amazing! She actually sings her songs at concerts, she doesn't lip sync. And her songs are harder to sing than most country songs.
She is the most successful female country singer of all time! Really, that is a fact.

38Luke Bryan
Help develop country and was good friends with Jones at his times
Luke Bryan is my idol I listen to all his songs. I literally have all of his songs on my laptop, phone, iPod. He's my favorite country singer of all time.
He is an amazing, funny, and a talented singer
[Newest]This guy is very average vocally

39Randy Owen
Definitely one of the greatest live country singers vocally
The fact that this guy is not even on the list yet is a disgrace

40Charlie Daniels

41Kip Moore
Without him I wouldn't be dating a pretty girl (Hey Pretty Girl)
Without him, I wouldn't know " something bout a truck
Not even top 100 in your lifetime bud!

42Bill Monroe
The father of bluegrass. his music influenced many country artists.

43Ronnie Dunn

44Toby Keith
Natural, style of his own, good voice range with emotion
Beer for my horses was awesome if you don't like it, not my problem
He is the good

45Darius Rucker
One of the few country singers that I actually like!
Glad to see another black country singer as he... He could match the great Charlie Pride someday.
So what got a problem with black artists

46Patsy Cline
There is no one who touches my hart more. I love her songs but most of all I love her voice and her way of sinking
The list starts with second place. First is taken.
What a shame to have Patsy at 48th... She is better than 43 that are ahead of her.
[Newest]Patsy should be top 5

47Johnny Paycheck

48Glen Campbell
Just a very talented singer and guitar player. Love him!
Versatile, talented, great voice, awesome guitar playing. The full deal. Deserves a far better rating than unproven new-comers.
Just great at singing and guitar playing, a true enterteiner.

49Danielle Bradbery
Her voice is crystal clear and pitch perfect.

50Martina McBride
Are you kidding me? McBride is more talented than any of the people. Her vocal ability is unlike anyone in this genre. She has more soul, meaning, conviction, power, emotion, control and technique than anyone on this list.
She is the best nothing else to say

51Kasey Chambers
I don't care if she's from Australia, she's still one of the best country singers I've ever heard.

52Josh Turner
If you pay attention to the voice of the singer and not how many awards and number ones they got, it easy to say that josh turner has THE best voice ever
He has such an amazing, deep unique voice and he is a true country singer.
The best country singer

53Travis Tritt

54Vince Gill
Going strong after 40 years singing, playing & writing. Still has the best voice of all of them!
I could listen to him every day. Great voice. The song go rest high on that mountian has /is being played or sung at many male funerals. Vince, how about some more new country songs. Don't retire from singing. Thanks again for the wonderful music.

55Lucinda Williams
The best female alternative country singer ever.

56Stevie Nicks

57Dierks Bentley
Are we SIDEWAYS or something perfect NASCAR theme
Tip it on back
Come a little closer to the #1

58Vern Gosdin
A voice that cries. The Voice.

59Florida Georgia Line
Makes me wanna roll my windows down and cruise!

60Eric Church
He is amazing! I love his music! -
This man proved he can't sing on live T.V. more than once!
He did prove one thing about the music industry though. He proved even the people signing you to a contract don't know what they are doing because it took a fool to sign this guy to anything! He is the epitome of a terrible singer. So much talent in the world and they actually wasted money on this guy!

61Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap should be in the Top Ten, due to the fact that he's the THIRD artist with the most country hits, and mainly because he's gotta great voice.
Ronnie Milsap 4 President!
Should be in the top ten for sure!

62Faith Hill

63John Anderson

64Billy Currington

65Guy Clark
Old No. 1 is number nine on my list, and that's not bad at all.

66Barbara Mandrell

67Bob Dylan
He is international personality

68Roger Miller
Not to mention his part in Disney's Robin Hood and all the artists he has influenced.
"Dang Me" and "King of the Road"... enough said

69Dolly Parton
This is the most ridiculous list I have ever seen. Dolly should at least be in the top 5. Her voice and song writing are legendary as is her longevity. Not to mention what a smart business woman she is. Today's singers don't have the unique style or voice that Dolly, Loretta, Tammy and others have. Today the singers all sound the same - men included.
This is the most ridiculous list I have ever seen. Dolly should at least be in the top 5. Her voice and song writing are legendary as is her longevity. Not to mention what a smart business woman she is. Today's singers don't have the unique style or voice that Dolly, Loretta, Tammy and others have. Today the singers all sound the same - men included.
Clearly none of you have seen her live. I hate country but this woman can sing.
[Newest]Big mistake - Dolly is at the top. Who made the horrible ranking?

70Tanya Tucker

71Tammy Wynette
The first lady of country music.

72Hayes Carll

73Jeremy Castle

74Merle Travis
Who could Merl's writing talent. The songs he wrote have become "classics". Nine Pound Hammer, Dark as a Dungeon, and the guitar players he inspired are many. Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, just to name a few.

75Easton Corbin
Not top ten worthy just yet, but in twenty years, no doubt he is a legend. Reminds me of George strait.
Musical copy cat without the looks. But he can sing and has a good voice.

76Clay Walker
Excellent singer, songwriter and performer!

77Jerry Reed
Both my dad and I just love his songs

78Big Smith

79Jerry Lee Lewis

80Ricky Skaggs
Had commercial success in mainstream country. went back to what he loves-bluegrass. he is so talented that he would be great at any musical genre he would attempt.

81Zac Brown

82Chris LeDoux
The most real cowboy to ever live, he is real country, not like modern country singers that don't include steel or fiddle, rodeos, or cowboy hats in there music. Country used to have a warm cosy feel about it, now its very pop like. And Wyoming and Texas are better than Tennessee, js. Also why is Kenny Chesney so low down?

83Mickey Gilley
A very good country music vocal.
I don't agree with the top 10

84Johnny Lee
Urban Cowboy with Mickey Gilley and john Travolta
A very good country music vocal!

85Johnny Rodriguez
One of the best male country vocalists of all time!

86Sammi Smith
How could Sammi Smith NOT be on this list. One of the best voices EVER and not just in country music. Her voice is distinctive and she sings from the depths of her soul. Right up there with Patsy Cline.

87Jimmie Rodgers

88Rascal Flatts

89Sara Evans

90Kelly Clarkson
This girl can sing!

91Kenny Rogers
He's the only man who puts his mind and soul in the country music industry so does he deserve to on top period!
The greatest of them all
He 's the greatest!

92Mike Ward
Love this man's voice! Haunting, heartfelt, full of soul
Raw and pure soulful

93Hunter Hayes
He's a cutie with a great voice
Not even in the top 100 in his own state!

94Kellie Pickler

95Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean should be #1he is the best singer ever where yo peoples brains at
Fly Over States that's all I have to say
Number 1 is where he belongs!
[Newest]I love jason aldean

96Kris Kristofferson
Unarguably one of the greatest country music writers on the planet, and even though he's never been known for his singing voice, Kris's special talent to make the listener feel that he is singing directly to him or her, more than compensates for the lack of a great voice.

97Taylor Swift
Let's be honest, the reason she's down here is because she ain't country, leave the top spots for real country singers, not dissing her, it's just that her songs are pop and not country just because there is guitar in the background


Wow, did someone actually just try to claim that Taylor Swift is above Elvis? She's a good example of what's wrong with music today: she writes songs to try and make money, to try and get attention. Real artists do it for the soul, for the craft, and for the musicianship.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS HAS TO BE A JOKE! Taylor Swift has won more awards in one night then Elvis Presley has won in his whole life! She is sweet, funny, and amazingly talented... When I was scrolling down looking for her I saw Tim Mcgraw's name in 7th place... I immediately started singing... When you think Tim Mcgraw I hope you think my favorite song... Etc a Taylor swift song that she wrote on the piano in 15 minuets! I mean seriously 13th place! She deserves MUCH HIGHER THAN 13TH PLACE!
Did you just actually say that taylor swift is better than Elvis? I just lost a little faith in humanity.
[Newest]Haters gonna hate for her! Why she's here in the last spot?! Come on! She must be at least top ten!

98Scotty McCreery
He should be higher than 100


He is the best though young, I love you this big, and see you tonight are enogh for one to become a fan

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