Best Country Music Artists

The Top Ten

1 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.

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 covers 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.

Johnny Cash is one of the most influential artists of all time. The only person who has ever been inducted into the Country, Rock, and Gospel hall of fame. He is the King.

2 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.

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

I love your song

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

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

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

He was great

4 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

The true king of country with Carrie underwood as the Queen

5 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.

He should be number 1 and yu knoww it. If you have listened to any of his songs, you know. He makes real country and good to. How could he be in 6th place. If you really know country and really know counrty artists you know, this man makes real country. So VOTE!

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.

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!

In garth's history he changed country music,inspired other artists and he is good looking! Did I mention he is the best singer ever! I heart garth brooks! He should have won entertainer of the year award at the CMA awards!

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

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

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

Shes awesome

7 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.
8 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!

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.

9 Emmylou Harris

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.

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

Never heard of them

10 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!

He is so amazing in a concert, I've seen many people perform, but no one comes close.

The Contenders

11 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.

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

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.

12 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.

13 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.

14 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.

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

Hank was the pioneer of country music

15 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!

Black Shelton is awesome if I could meet any superstar it bwould be him

If I could meet any super star it would be him

16 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.
17 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.

18 Alabama
19 Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. ...read more.

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

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..!

20 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.

Why the f is willie nelson not even in the top 25.

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

Roundest most expressive voice ever

This list is all screwed up

21 Jason Aldean Jason Aldine Williams, known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American country music singer. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released eight albums and 24 singles.

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!

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

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!

22 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

23 George Jones

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.

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!

George jones is the best country singer of all time

The greatest country singer of all time

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25 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.

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