Most Influential Country & Folk Artists

Folk is a genre of music of stories and ballads passed down by mouth through generations and generations. Country music was, arguably, started from a branch off of folk music during the turn of the century. To me, the two genres are, along with gospel and blues, the most heartfelt and human of any music types.

The Top Ten

1 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .

He also made at least one country album of his own songs, worked with Johnny Cash, and influenced many in the genre including the expansion of songwriting themes and subjects - Billyv

He brought folk to the masses' attention and pushed genre boundaries. - PetSounds

2 Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers was probably the first big country singer, and definitely the first big American yodeler. Although only living to 35, his short time on the planet helped inspire youngsters such as Hank Williams Sr. to build on the foundations of what we know as country music. - higgsboson2142

3 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.
4 Hank Williams Sr. Hank Williams Sr. Hiram King "Hank" Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His band were called "The Driftin' Cowboys"
5 The Carter Family
6 Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie
7 Joan Baez Joan Baez
8 Willie Nelson Willie Nelson
9 Pete Seeger
10 Waylon Jennings

The Contenders

11 The Animals The Animals The Animals were an English band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade.
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