Best Country Singers of All Time

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1Johnny 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.

Like Bono said, "He is an oak in a meadow". All of his songs are personal and heart felt even for the poor and jailed.

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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.

I had not known of him too much until I saw Pure Country movie and became a fan ever since! You look so good in love and I cross my heart have become awesome songs from him and he has many more that are good.

George Strait will never be good as Johnny Cash. Cash is King.

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3George Jones

George Jones deserves to be at the top of this list! His voice alone deserves that. I'm sure George Strait himself would say that. In fact when George Jones inducted George Strait into the Country Music Hall of Fame he said, "George you're the king. Johnny Cash loved George as well. Also, I love George Strait, Carrying Your Love With Me, Unwound, and Write this Down are all great songs! I also really love Johnny Cash, Get Rhythm, Boy Named Sue, Big River, and I Walk the Line are all great songs! I just believe George Jones's wonderful voice deserves to be at the top of this list.

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.

The best voice real country sound.

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4Merle 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)

Merle has got the best voice

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5Waylon 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.

Waylon was a giant among men. He changed country music (for the good) forever. He didn't fight the system for anything other than the right to play his music his way. He payed a very high price for standing up to the powers that be in Nashville. Waylon Jennings was a modern day David against Nashville playing the part of Goliath. I am certain no one else on this list sang with the passion Waylon did. His music had him and that's a quote from the man himself.

Absolutely, unequivocally and without question Waylon is the best talent country music has ever known. He deserves to be at the top of this list.

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6Hank 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!

No one can list all the singers, writers that in inspired in all types of music. Most of all the greatest most famous singers and song writers know to all of us loved old hank.

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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.

I put Garth at #1. The lyrics and music to his songs are so meaningful. Nothing beats If Tomorrow Never Comes and the Dance. Most of today's performers sound alike and look alike with no "heart" in their songs.

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8Willie 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.

This guy goes beyond incredible. His 1978 album Stardust, where he did updated versions of classic songs from the thirties and forties is the best concept album I've ever heard. When you look up musical genius in the dictionary, Willie's picture should be beside it. This is a very intelligent top ten, everyone absolutely deserves to be there. Could've used a woman, though, perhaps Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, or Dolly Parton.

He's one of the best songwriters ever and he's held his own for over 70 years

Have you ever listened to CITY OF NEW ORLEANS? AND he wrote Crazy which is number one played on juke boxes!

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9Alan 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.

Something Special With His Songs

Should be number 2 on this list love ALL his songs even red solo cup. What is there not to like!

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10Conway 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's songs were all unique from each other, unlike the generic same ole sound of today's so-called country singers without talent. Conway was a master in performance, having voice variety, classic personality and a gift in music communication. He was and is unbeatable!

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...

Conway is and was the best country singer of all time.

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The Newcomers

?John Michael Montgomery

One of greatest...surprised not on your list

?Trisha Yearwood

Right. Omitting her was almost as bad as omitting Loretta. People sure have short memories.

She is great and should have been mentioned in the beginning of this list.

She is an amazing artist. I think she should me number 8.

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The Contenders

11Tim McGraw

First things first. If you don't like the guy to post a comment about him being bad moron and you look especially like a jackass because your completely wrong. Everything about Tim McGraw is fantastic in my opinion. The only possible thing bad is that he doesn't write his own songs but he has a couple he co wrote which is fine. Tim McGraw is fantastic end of story.

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.

Saw he and Faith live, and they were both amazing. Tim has the best voice in country music, and I think he has stayed quite faithful to country music, and helped bring in a new audience.

Hell yeah. Tim Mcgraw at least deserves to be in the top ten the guy is amazing!

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12Carrie Underwood

Agreed that there is no way she should be this high. She is the only woman in the top 20! You can't be serious. She's already better than Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Reba McIntyre, Tanya Tucker, Bobbi Gentry, Kitty Wells? None of these historic singers needed a reality show to get them to the top. She's talented, but to say she's the best female country singer ever? It just ain't true. Oh, and she's in the top twenty on the Top Tens most underrated list, too. What a joke.

Carrie Underwood has such a powerhouse of a voice within her. Though people are always trying to sing just like her, no one can sing the way she does. She turns ordinary songs into incredible voice masterpieces. She is such a real person, too - her faith and her values shine through her music.

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 the very best female singer

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13Don 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.

He the best country music artist in the world and every One enjoy his music.

I love the song I believe in you! I hear he has others and still tours to this day.

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14Marty Robbins

If you actually compare the quality of their voices, no one comes close to Marty Robbins. He had perfect control as well as the most beautiful tone to his voice. If you want to know how good an artist is, take away all the instruments and electronic support and listen to just the voice. That's where Marty Robbins stands heads above all the rest.

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!

Should be in top 5

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15Brad Paisley

Definitely the best of modern times

He's not the best country artist of all time, but you could definitely argue he's one of the best guitarists in all of country music.

He has made some amazing music

Brad should top 5 not 29th

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16Randy 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.

I love his voice and singing pattern.

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17Hank Williams Jr.

Riding on daddy's coat tails and had such stupid opinions that his Monday Night Football gig had to be axed, even by the conservative networks.

Best because it proved he could sing his daddy's music and his own style and he still reaches out to some of the younger generation

The true king of country

Best of the best

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18Ray 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

Ray should be in top 5 he had dozens of top hits

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19Kenny Chesney

Incredible! His voice, songs and lyrics are amazing!

Pure voice, upbeat happy music. Love some of the island songs as well.

He needs to be way further up on this list! Definitely underrated!

Top 5 for sure! Underrated

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20Keith Whitley

I would place Keith at about #5 personally, primarily because his grace on country music was so short, If he had lived longer, country might have been way different!
If based purely on vocals, best singer in my opinion so much emotion from every song, and instantly recognizable. George Jones would also be up there in that category, Keith lived his songs, was an awesome personality & still inspires new artists in spite of his short career.

I had a demo tape when he started out that my brother gave me, he said listen to this and tell me what you think. I got back with him and told him this guy keeps it up he would be bigger than Merl. When they found him and said that he had passed my heart felt like it broke. What a voice.

If it wasn't for a short career he would definitely be top 5.

There is no way Keith isn't top 10..just listen to that voice!

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