Best Country Music Artists

The Top Ten

1 Johnny Cash Johnny Cash John R. "Johnny" Cash (1932-2003) 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. He died of more.

Excellent artist that powered through a troubled life. His songs are so emotionally driven and sang with every bit of himself. His best are his cover of "Hurt" and "I Walk the Line. "

The king of country, his songs are genius, I love em, especially his cover of hurt and The man comes around

I now love country thanks to Johnny. Walk the line, Hurt, Thing called love, Ring of fire and When the man comes around are some of my favorite songs ever. Honerable mention to Dolly for 'i will always love you' as it is the most beautiful song I ever heard and much better than all the other cover versions of it.

When he died, country music went with him.

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2 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Troyal Garth Brooks, known professionally as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.

Best selling country music artist with so few albums out. He's gotta be number one. Sorry George but if Garth didn't retire he would be king of country today.

Should be #1 he only sold more albums than any other solo artist in the history of music besides Elvis Presley. That's incredible!

In country's history nobody can top garth! Now he is back and still is the greatest man alive! Keep going Garth! You're the #1 artist ever! I love Garth Brooks!

Best of all time and he is back.. FINALLY! Get ready!

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3 Shania Twain Shania Twain

She's the best female country artist ever. No one can come close to her Come on Over record sales and she went triple diamond with her albums. Who else has done that?

Best selling country singer.
Shania is very beautiful and talented - should be #1 - Alexandr

Shania is best country artist.because her lyrics are soul touching. APPIAH MCSAINT

4 Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers

Best with Bee Gees and Dolly Parton in Eyes that See in the Dark album - ssmith88

5 George Strait

George is real country. Much better than that Garth Brooks=Chris Gaines crap. Yes johnny is good but he sure ain't the king.

George straite should not be tenth he should be higher he is the King of Country. If you truly like country than you should love George Strait

I think that George Strait is one of the most talented country singers ever! He should be at least in the top 3 - MJET

The true king of country with Carrie underwood as the Queen

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6 Brad Paisley

This guy is awesome! I only wish I could play like him because he is so good on that guitar that no other country artists can even compare with how good he is. He's the only one I listen to because all the others suck compared to him!

Love! Top 10 best guitarist of all time.

I like him. He doesn't sing about one thing. He can be sad, or he can be happy. He can switch moods and tones. His best album is Wheelhouse, I think.

For sure one of the best guitarists in country music.

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7 Alabama
8 Emmylou Harris

Her voice is so pure and expressive.. it's like listening to an angel sing!

For those of you who have never heard her voice I invite you to. When Emmylou travels to the Grand Ole Opry in the sky the angels will make her lead singer in their choir.

Never heard of them

9 Eric Church

Even at #10, he might be the most under-rated country singer on this list. He is bringing outlaw country back, the way past "outlaws" respect. He doesn't play radio/popular music for airplay but puts out good music that also hits the charts. Aside from that he puts out good/complete albums, regardless of what the charts may decipher. He puts out HIS music and it's outstanding. Give this man credit, he is a true musician/singer/songwriter. That is unquestioned whether you love his music or not.

You never seen a show until you go to see Eric Church! Nobody has the passion and drive like him. I have been to a lot of shows but none like his! "New wave country"

He is the best, he has so many hits, and I can relate to all of his songs! Good Girls Never Miss Church,... Eric Church!

Great writer, great storyteller, guaranteed top two when its all said and done.

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10 Dolly Parton Dolly Parton Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian, known primarily for her work in country music.

All singers should take lessons from the dazzling Dolly.. She remains the greatest female entertainer in show business today.

The Queen of Country! No discussion needed. No one above her, no one besides her - She holds the Throne! She IS the Queen of Country Music! Discussion ended!

She is the queen, she should number 1, people are you kidding? She is the most talented and the most selling country singer and she is really the best! SH

The Contenders

11 Hank Williams Hank Williams Hiram King "Hank" Williams, was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His band were called "The Driftin' Cowboys"

If he was still alive he would kill himself again if he heard Luke bryan or any other fake ass trailer trash. hank is the greatest country music singer of all time period.

Hank was the pioneer of country music

After Johnny Cash... He is the best.

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12 Blake Shelton Blake Shelton Blake Tollison Shelton is an American country singer and television personality. In 2001, he made his debut with the single "Austin".

Love Blake! I went to one of his concerts last year and he is even better live! My favorite new country artist, though I have to say, I'm pretty happy to see the classics towards the top of this list as well.

Blake Shelton is so amazing live! Just him, his amazing voice and his guitar. I love the songs he writes also like Delilah, Over You, Savior's Shadow. I wish he'd wrote more!

If I could meet any super star it would be him

Two words for Blake Shelton - scum bag!

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13 George Jones

Do to the the amount of time George has spent not only providing some of Country Musics MOST memorable songs, but influencing all those who followed after him, he is most certainly top 2! Personally, I would say that he is the greatest in that he was and has been able to have major hits in almost every decade since the 1950s, making him the most enduring and successful of all Country Music Singers! He is a truly Unique American Treasure!

I think maybe this is a popularity list more so than talent. I mean George Strait and Johnny Cash were good but they wasn't a patch on this man. George Jones is the greatest country singer of all time maybe the greatest singer in any genre. George Jones was the greatest singer amongst most of his peers including top artist like Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Johnny cash even the great Roy Acuff said he would give anything if he could sing like George Jones. No one really compares I mean I like Randy Travis and Merle Haggard but George Jones is as good as it gets.

The greatest country singer of all time

George jones is the best country singer of all time

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14 Alan Jackson

You will not go wrong with Alan's 34 Number Ones Album, this guy proves he is the best when it comes to Country music, I am a big fan of most country artists but I have to say without any reservation that Alan is my favourite. He has stood the test of time extremely well and his CD sales do not lie, he is one of the wealthiest artists in the world for making great songs, if you have not yet heard any of Alan's work you are missing out big time.
Martin, Stockport, UK.

Never seen anyone win awards like this guy used to. Not saying he should be number 1, but he's definitely in the top 5

Childhood favorite. Twenty years later, he is still my favorite.

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15 Willie Nelson Willie Nelson

Roundest most expressive voice ever

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16 Tim McGraw Tim McGraw Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has been married to singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is the son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw. McGraw has released fourteen studio albums.

What's wrong with you guys lol. I agree with Garth brooks, Johnny cash, George straight and Carrie Underwood but everyone else I think I can find people to replace them. Tim McGraw is just the best example there are loads of other guys I can probably choose from. you can put Toby Keith in there or maybe Montgomery Gentry, in my opinion this list is not completely accurate.

Lyrically speaking Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts are probably my favorite two Country artists.
(Tim McGraw)
Live Like You Were Dying
Highway Don't Care
Don't Take The Girl
Something Like That

(Rascal Flatts)
My Wish
What Hurts The Most

He's had so many hits that I'm surprised he's not in the top ten. He'd at least be number six in my opinion! By far my favorite country musician.

17 Merle Haggard Merle Haggard

Gotta love him!

18 Zac Brown Band Zac Brown Band
19 Waylon Jennings

Shania twain is only country in terms of lyrics, but musically it is POP MUSIC, not country. Waylon is the best and one of the most influential country vocalists ever. And his music is true country music.

Just a little bit of Waylon sure goes a long ways- there is always another way to do things, and that is your own way. RIP Waylon

If it weren't for Waylon Jennings we would all still be listening to music with no soul or feeling. Just the vanilla flavored Nashville sound. A voice, spirit, and mind beyond compare.

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20 High Valley
21 Hank Williams Jr.

Uh hello? He's the greatest country musician of all time. Why is he not on the list? Maybe some people should go to Africa since you don't know anything about country music

22 Sturgill Simpson
23 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching more.

Taylor is the key, because she made COUNTRY MUSIC more popular to world!

The youngest the beautiful lady who won country music of all time

Taylor gave life to Country Music!

Swift-ssi is the best American yeoja..!

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24 The Eagles The Eagles The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

They are country rock not really straight up country - LarrytheFairy

25 Sam Hunt

He will be the best in a few years, you Mark my word, I bet every penny I own, in a few years, he is gonna be Incredible!

He got a new one released, make you miss me.

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26 Jimmy Rodgers
27 Toby Keith Toby Keith Toby Keith Covel, known professionally as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and actor.

I love toby keith he has an amazing voice and is a great guy. He loves his country and you can tell by his singing he loves good country music.

Fantastic singer, he is a great patriot and has a great voice for making the best country music.

28 Keith Urban Keith Urban Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand born Australian country musician. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year.

Kieth Urban should be number one. He is amazing and there is no question about it.

29 Jamey Johnson
30 Patsy Cline Patsy Cline Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia. She became a professional country singer in the 1950s, and became one of the most important artists in American music history. Patsy died on March 5, 1963, in a plane crash in Camden, Tennessee. She was inducted more.

The best country artist of all time. Proof: "Crazy" and "Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray."

31 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood

As Brad Paisley has so aptly pointed out Carrie is the best voice in country music if not all of music and the man has heard live some of the best. This is high praise indeed and she receives this kind of praise again and again from some of the best: Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill etc. Carrie Underwood cannot only hit all of the right notes but with ease and she has a beautiful tone to her voice. Actually not one tone. I am constantly hearing different sides to Carrie's vocals from the power she employs in How Great Thou Art (Her live performance with Vince Gill is a must see/hear and should make even the most ardent sceptic a believer) to the pure head voice in Just A Dream to a soft and warm vocal in Mama's Song and Temporary Home.

Carrie Underwood has had every country song she has released go to number except for one song that went to number 2. Her duet with Brad Paisley went to number 1 as well. She has fourteen number one songs under her belt and has only released three albums so far. Her voice is unparalleled and her devotion to country music is one of her highest priorities. As a member of the Grand Old Opry she performs there often despite a very busy schedule. She is a great representative of country music not only with her music but with the example she sets in how she lives her life both spiritually and philanthropically. She is what country music is all about.

Carrie is a good sing its just that she does not belong ing country music she belongs in like pop because he songs are way to fast and up beat you need to go to pop music and leave country just saying but she is a really good singer but she does not belong in country music and who ever told her she belongs in country she does not. We want country like George jones and George strait and Kenny come on y'all be real


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32 Martina McBride Martina McBride
33 Luke Bryan Luke Bryan Thomas Luther Bryan, known professionally as Luke Bryan, is an American country music singer and songwriter.

Best country music artist on the charts. He should be in the top 10.

His my favorite he should be at least in the top 10

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34 Loretta Lynn Loretta Lynn
35 Chris Stapleton

Best country artist of this era - nickolie

36 Jason Aldean

He is amazing and deserves a lot more credit than he gets. He's the best country singer ever.

He is the best country singer ever!

He has small arms and a huge head. But still thinks he is a tough guy. Wear longs leaves and just sing, no need to try to b tough!

37 Kenny Chesney Kenny Chesney Kenneth Arnold "Kenny" Chesney is an American country singer and songwriter. He has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA.

The fact that Kenny Chesney is 38 is a crime. Yes, I recognize and appreciate the older, influential talents. But CHesney was one of the guys that modernized and grew country alongside Garth Brooks. He's got tons and tons of number one hits and albums, and he should be much higher. Puts on a fantastic show too

Kenny Chesney is the best and I loved his songs that he played and they were awesome

I feel like Kenny is Top 20 At Least, he has never stopped making people love him from the day he started.

38 Chris LeDoux

I know that the people voting have no idea what country is. Johnny cash is good, he deserves that spot. But Carrie Underwood over Chris? Now that just ain't right.

If only Chris LeDoux got the air time he deserved he would be in the top 10 and not disgraced like this

Chris led out might not be the most popular but he has some of the greatest songs

39 Reba McEntire Reba McEntire Reba Nell McEntire is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and television producer.
40 Charley Pride

How can anyone forget about Charley pride in my mind he was the best ever lived, just the quantity of records he had on number 1 on the hit chart that turned gold and platinum it is unbelievable that any one artist can achieve what he did.

41 Miranda Lambert Miranda Lambert Miranda Leigh Lambert is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is best known as a solo artist, and is a member of the Pistol Annies.

One of the best female country music artists.

Great singer all in all

She should be at #1

42 Don Williams

He is one of the best among all, if not the best.

He is just real country artist. For me and to...

The greatest

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43 John Denver John Denver Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s.

Really good songs, full of emotion, inspires me to lead a country life

His country roads song represents a journey of every human

Should at least be 2

44 Rascal Flatts
45 Lonestar
46 Montgomery Gentry

Montgomery Gentry is every bit country. From music to lifestyle, they are country in every single way. They are one of the best country singers on this page.

We're I come from is one of the best songs ever - Nascar888fan

I start crying or whatever cause they bring out the emotions especially in she Couldn't Change Me. Nothing is better! ยก!

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47 Florida Georgia Line

My favorite artists of all time is Florida Georgia Line - Nascar888fan

They are great artists and have a huge personality

48 Bill Monroe
49 The Carter Family
50 Tammy Wynette

30! She is obviously better than this. Come on try to listen to "Stand by Your Man"

Who votes on this? Tammy Wynette is the greatest female country artist of all time...hands down!

Tammy was not just beautiful she had an awesome voice

Tammy is the best singer ever

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