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 ...read more.

His cover of Nine Inch Nails's Hurt was amazing. - DarkBoi-X

This list is OK. Not the best.

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

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2 Shania Twain Shania Twain Shania Twain is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time.

I love your song

Best

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

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3 Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Rogers is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He was great

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

4 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

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

He is the king of country

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5 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Troyal Garth Brooks is an American singer and songwriter. His integration of rock and roll elements into the country genre has earned him immense popularity in the United States.

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!

There is no one else out there like him when it comes to country music

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6 Zac Brown Band Zac Brown Band Zac Brown Band is an American country band based in Atlanta, Georgia. The lineup consists of Zachry Alexander "Zac" Brown, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Chris Fryar, Clay Cook, Matt Mangano, and Daniel de los Reyes.
7 Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley is my number 1. That guy is just so so amazing... He voice is like showering of awesome snows from heaven. His has a voice captivating enough to invite Angel's from heaven above. I couldn't stop listening to his songs. Literally, Brad and others..

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.

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8 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!

Eric Church should be on the Greatest Artists of All Time list.

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9 Emmylou Harris 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

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.

Shes awesome

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 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.
Examples...
(Tim McGraw)
Live Like You Were Dying
Highway Don't Care
Don't Take The Girl
Something Like That
Everywhere

(Rascal Flatts)
Forever
My Wish
Stand
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.

12 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.

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

She is one of the greatest artist and singers of all time. Only a few in this world can master a voice like that. She's awesome.

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13 Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The group is composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood.
14 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".

No. "Red red red redneck" lmao get outta here. - DarkBoi-X

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

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15 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison 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 a documentary about ...read 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!

Taylor was the best country artist. Who makes the country music popular? So, I choose taylor to be the choosen one...

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16 Alabama
17 Jason Aldean Jason Aldean

Muscle man. VERY HOT. What are you crazies talking about? I don't know how Keith Urban got on this list.

Love him - EliHbk

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!

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

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18 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

He is the best of the best

19 Alan Jackson

I've grown up with Alan Jackson in my life. Alan Jackson will forever be my favorite. My favorite songs of his is Remember when and Small town southern man. I literally watch his documentary on T.V. every week. Even if I say he not he will forever be my favorite

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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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 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.

23 Sturgill Simpson
24 Florida Georgia Line

Best singers ever

They are the best country artist of the decade.

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

They are great artists and have a huge personality

25 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

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

Mount Rushmore of Country Music
# 1. Hank Williams
# 2. Johnny Cash
# 3. Willie Nelson
# 4. still trying to figure this out...but, the first 3 artists ranked above are unchallenged.

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.

He is better than all of the,

Ah yeah! the REAL King of Country music love all I mean ALL of his songs like: Your cheating heart, I saw the light Lovesick Blues, jambalaya [on the bayou], Hey Good Looking all the good country stuff this is josh guiboche washing the king Hank Williams to rest in piece he will be missed

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27 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

28 Waylon Jennings

Waylon was seemingly left on the back burner due to his outlaw, don’t care about conformity ways. His voice and music tempo is second to none.
Top 10:
1. Waylon Jennings
2. Merle Haggard
3. Johnny Cash
4. Don Williams
5. Conway Twitty
6. The Statler Brothers
7. Keith Whitley
8. Vern Gosdin
9. The Oak Ridge Boys
10.Alan Jackson

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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29 Sam Hunt Sam Hunt Sam Lowry Hunt is an American singer and songwriter. Born in Cedartown, Georgia, Hunt played football in his high school and college years and once attempted to pursue a professional sports career before signing with MCA Nashville in 2014.

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.

Agree, no joke! You ate so right

Are? Or Ate?

30 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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31 Kacey Musgraves Kacey Musgraves

Her voice has peace. Something which connects you to yourself

32 Merle Haggard Merle Haggard Merle Ronald Haggard was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound.

He was the jazz artist of country. I would rank him in my popularity top five for sure. I have been a DJ for 60 years and do a "classic country" show on Saturday mornings at www.wkdq.com. My list is based on popularity and success of classic country songs the MOST listeners want to hear. A list of most talented would be slightly different.
1. Hank Williams
2. George Jones
3.Johnny Cash
4. Merle Haggard
5..Conway Twitty
6. Loretta Lynn
7. Buck Owens
8. Dolly Parton
9. Willie Nelson
10. Patsy Cline
11. Carl Smith
12. Hank Snow
13. Elvis Presley
14. Glen Campbell
15. Charley Pride
Please remember this list is what I use to get the most people listening. My show will usually include a song or two by each of these. There are a few other artists that are usually included: Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves,Porter Wagoner and Don Williams would be in that category.

Insane he’s not #1. And a crime that Shania Twain is higher than him

Gotta love him!

MERLES NUMBER ONE ACCORDING TO ALLTHE TOP ARTISTS ASK GEORGE STRAIT-ASK GEORGE JONES IF YOU COULD-ASK VINCE GILL-ASK GARTH BROOKS-ASK CHARLIE DANIELS-ASK TAMMY IF YOU COULD-ASK DON WILLIAMS- I COULD GO ON AND ON-

33 Jamey Johnson

Bes5 singer ever

34 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.

35 Martina McBride Martina McBride Martina Mariea McBride is an American country music singer-songwriter and record producer. She is known for her soprano singing range and her country pop material.
36 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 ...read more.

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

37 Willie Nelson Willie Nelson Willie Hugh Nelson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie, combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger and Stardust, made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music.

Seriously.. Not even in top 10..? What is this list..

Roundest most expressive voice ever

This list is all screwed up

"I was Highwayman" all the tym! (y)

38 Chris Stapleton

Best country artist of this era - nickolie

39 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.

40 Donna Fargo

Donna's songs are some of the best in country music. The songs she's written and recorded contain more emotion and heart than a lot of the newer country artists. She has been scheduled for 2 hour autograph signing sessions and has been known to stay until the last person in line has had a chance to speak with her and get her autograph. Even though Donna doesn't perform much, she still has fans all over the world that would love to see her in person again. Donna's fans not only love her music, they love Donna, she is THE most kind hearted person to ever be a part of the country music world!

Donna Fargo touched millions with her crossover songs of the early 70's. She continued to write and perform throughout the 80's and 90's and placed several songs on the top of the charts. Her throaty Carolina voice could crack a note like no other country female singer. When others were singing about love gone wrong, or a cheating spouse, Donna was tearing up the charts singing about happiness, marriage and the love for our beautiful USA. A very unique artist who wrote nearly everything song she sang, unlike many of the stars during that time.

Donna Fargo was one of the few female singers to write her own material. She became the fifth most popular female singers of the 70's, eventually having her own TV series. - davedavalan

Biggest female country artist for crossover songs in the 70's

41 Reba McEntire Reba McEntire Reba Nell McEntire is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and television producer.
42 Anne Murray Anne Murray Morna Anne Murray known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide.
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

Awesome

45 The Band Perry The Band Perry The Band was a Canadian-American roots rock group formed in 1965 . Which originally consisting of Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, fiddle, vocals), Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophones, trumpet), Richard Manuel (piano, drums, vocals) and Robbie Robertson ...read more.
46 Don Williams

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

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

The greatest

He is all time artist, againt, areal humanbeing.the best of all.

47 Jimmy Rodgers
48 Lonestar

Great

49 Bill Monroe
50 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

He is my personal favourite!

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

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