Best Country Singers of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
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]When Johnny Cash sings his songs you are there. No one can be as honest in a song and still keep you there.

2George 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 is country music period. No other singer has touched the soul as did George Jones.

3George 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.

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)
[Newest]Merle was one of the greats. None of the newer artist are worth even mentioning

5Hank 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]No one is close to Hank as a singer or song writer. He is in a class by himself. Johnny Cash was good but he couldn't carry Hank's guitar case.

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

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.
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!

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
[Newest]Clearly one of the top 3 of all time

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 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.

The Contenders

11Carrie 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]She is the best

12Tim 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.
Tim McGraw doesn't belong anywhere why is he even a thought in our minds. Country is guns he doesn't approve the second ammendment by the way the second ammendment is the right to bare arms just in case you idiots didn't know. In my opinion he is the worst out of every country singer in the whole world. He is trash he is about as country as Lil Wayne.

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.
[Newest]I love his voice and singing pattern.

14Blake Shelton
Only country singer to go on the voice I like. Should be in the top 10.

matt20061

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?.

Malavikasunilk

He is an awesome singer
[Newest]Number 1 in my opinion.


15Ray 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

16Marty 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!

17John 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.

18Keith 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

19Hank Williams Jr.
Beside waylon, hank is the best
The true king of country
Need to be number one

20Kenny Chesney
Incredible! His voice, songs and lyrics are amazing!
One of the best pure voices of all time.

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