Best Country Singers of All Time
The Top Ten
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.
I grew up listing to him and I look up to this man
Not even close - VeritusEro
Johnny has billions of good songs and is far better than all Taylor Swifts teenage heartbreak songs about whoever she just dated.134 Comments
The best ever
NUMBER ONE. Period. The king. He IS country music. Johnny Cash is the blues. While one could make the argument that Johnny Cash is the most influential, perhaps the best artist of all time, I just can't say he is the best country artist of all time. George Strait is the standard that all true country fans hold the new generation of country musicians to. The only reason country music is so out of shape now is because of teenage girls. When someone ask what is country music, the best answer is George Strait. Besides The King, I see a lot of people on this list like George Jones and Merle Haggard and think wow that's the definition of country. I see Johnny Cash and I think, wow what a legend. Call me ignorant, but I consider him a huge influence and an important staple in the history of music, but not the definition of country. That goes to the King himself.
George strait is the king of country music
The best133 Comments
I like her song Suds in the Buckets
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?
Waylon was a giant among men. He changed country music (for the good) forever. He didn't fight the system for anything other than the right to play his music his way. He payed a very high price for standing up to the powers that be in Nashville. Waylon Jennings was a modern day David against Nashville playing the part of Goliath. I am certain no one else on this list sang with the passion Waylon did. His music had him and that's a quote from the man himself.
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.55 Comments
NUMBER ONE ALL THE WAY She is the best of all time (female, at least
Personally my favorite country singer of all time. Love love love Carrie Underwood!
NUMBER 1 BRO. SHE IS SO INSPIRING GREAT MUSIC TONE RANGE. SHE WRITES HER SONGS BY HERSELF, I LISTEN TO CHAMPION ALL THE TIME. I LOST MY MOM AND HER SONGS HELPED ME KEEP GOING AND PUSH THROUGH THE STRESS. CARRIE YOU ARE THE BEST. - itsuniminecraft
Best Country Singer Ever68 Comments
Changed Country forever
BIG garth brooks fan
In his "PRIME" at NUMERO UNO #1...
You'd be LUCKY to buy one of his tickets, to his shows!
Because he always "SOLD OUT" -- every single concert!
And back in the days, even the Legendary George Strait
was a distant... NUMBER #2! Yep. "THE KING! "
In his PRIME... GARTH BROOKS rose above ALL!
Like I said... even THE KING himself, George Strait was
a very very distant... Number #2...
GARTH BROOKS was on TOP of the world for 1 FULL DECADE
of complete and total -- ''DOMINANCE! "
(and that's all she wrote)
He is very good man, his music is very inspirational and he is one of the best singers in all of music45 Comments
So many great tracks, the embodiment of the south!
Alan Jackson The best ever with Don Williams coming in second. They were singers that just came out on the stage to sing the song that told the stories of what most of us could rely to. Our life. Real country life Thank you for the memories.
Alan Jackson is one of the most respected country music singers there is today, but he could also very well be the most underrated one as well. Garth Brooks always got the limelight is one of the most respected country music singers there is today, but he could also very well be the most underrated one as well. Garth brooks always got the light despite being absent for 13 years and winning entertainer of the year 2016, simply by putting out one album. Other artist have rose to fame packaging a different product with the title country music when it is not. Alan Jackson has been the purest country singer in the past 30 years, even George Strait has had his last couple albums take a different mainstream sound too them his last couple albums take a different mainstream sound too long. He makes it work, but Alan Jackson has never wavered from his country road he makes it work, but Alan Jackson has never wavered from his country roots despite pressure from Nashville. Alan Jackson, Has been ...more
He is one of the best country singer his song aren't about partying there about love,life and he is pretty damn good singer too.28 Comments
The "Possum" should be #1. Dolly, Tammy, Loretta, Patsy, should be in the top 10. We are talking about "Country" music right?
The greatest ever
George Jones was the best pure singer. Every note and word felt authentic and he had a beautiful voice. His singing was as smooth as silk and his phrasing is innovative and captivating. I bet if you asked most of the singers on this list who was the best singer, they'd pick George Jones. Many of them did. Johnny Cash had a stock answer to that oft-asked question, "Who is your favorite singer? " "You mean," he teased, "apart from George Jones? " George Jones was also highly respected outside of country music. Frank Sinatra said that Jones was the second best singer in the world (Sinatra thought Tony Bennett was the best).
George Jones deserves to be at the top of this list! His voice alone deserves that. I'm sure George Strait himself would say that. In fact when George Jones inducted George Strait into the Country Music Hall of Fame he said, "George you're the king. Johnny Cash loved George as well. Also, I love George Strait, Carrying Your Love With Me, Unwound, and Write this Down are all great songs! I also really love Johnny Cash, Get Rhythm, Boy Named Sue, Big River, and I Walk the Line are all great songs! I just believe George Jones's wonderful voice deserves to be at the top of this list.84 Comments
Most of the singers in this list aren't straight country grass roots. They are in the mid of country and lite rock. They are all good in their own right. I do really like all the older singers that sing more through life experiences. Merle is one of the best and I can listen to him more than the rest. But there is only one Ring of fire
He was above everyone
The best and it's not even close.
Johnny Cash was most influential, and deserves a top spot, but I'd vote Merle as the absolute best country singer. Best voice hands-down, excellent songwriting. A master at half notes and key changes. I greatly admire Johnny Cash, George Jones and George Strait, but Merle was the best. His influence on country music (and music in general) will be reflected upon for generations..42 Comments
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.
His might not be the most conventionally beautiful nor does it have the most polished but his voice is the greatest in music. It is raw and it is natural. George jOnes said that he tried to bring forth memories that made him feel the way his narrator felt, Willie doesn't have this technique but he has the same finished product, a voice that portrays all the emotion his song has to convey. Add that to some of the most perfect lyrics in music (I'm looking at you, you were always on my mind) and there is no beating it.
Pretty much my hero
This guy goes beyond incredible. His 1978 album Stardust, where he did updated versions of classic songs from the thirties and forties is the best concept album I've ever heard. When you look up musical genius in the dictionary, Willie's picture should be beside it. This is a very intelligent top ten, everyone absolutely deserves to be there. Could've used a woman, though, perhaps Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, or Dolly Parton.21 Comments
Brad is the best one guitar player here
He's not the best country artist of all time, but you could definitely argue he's one of the best guitarists in all of country music.
Definitely the best of modern times
He is one of the greatest guitar players of today11 Comments
I must say, Tim McGraw is definitely one of my favorite country singers of all time!. He is a noble christian, a devoted husband and father, and even has a remarkable wife with the same soothing voice. He is also a wonderful actor as well as an artist. If you haven't heard any of his songs, I highly suggest you do.
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.
Saw he and Faith live, and they were both amazing. Tim has the best voice in country music, and I think he has stayed quite faithful to country music, and helped bring in a new audience.
Nothing but classics from the early 90s to the late 2000's. The face of his era, and one of the greatest of all time.20 Comments
The Best Ever! He was before his time.
Short career probably hurt hanks rating. Nobody can put the heart and soul into a song like Hank
He was the greatest!
He pioneered country music, and as of 12/20/18, HE IS ONLY 13TH PLACE?!?!?45 Comments
He is one of the original outlaw country singers and a amazing songwriter
Damn right he is
Why is coe in the wood pile?
Should be in top ten2 Comments
Blake is amazing singer #Love
The man is a country god. Love Blake!
He is my daddy
I think that he is on the top list because he sings from the heart and always will. Other artists are above him because he isn't the best of all time but he is the one of the best. There always will be someone that is better then you even if you don't think that.21 Comments
The only reason she is down here is because she doesn't do country anymore. She makes pop music which is also extremely awesome and worth listening to. But lets be honest, her country music was also amazing. Anyone could relate to them and they had a beautiful meaning behind them. Taylor Swift it too underrated. Even though she changed from country to pop, she still has the same beautiful personality inside, maybe she changed for the better?
Let's be honest, the reason she's down here is because she ain't country, leave the top spots for real country singers, not dissing her, it's just that her songs are pop and not country just because there is guitar in the background - u_maddox_bro
Even thought Taylor is in a country star anymore neither is Kelly Clarkson and she still beat her which makes no sense Taylor Swift should be number one her songs are still amazing that were country and there's no reason why she should be at the very bottom of the list when she is one of the best country47 Comments
He should be number 1. Great voice and great live. Has great songs that tell many stories. Cares about his fanbase and does charity work. Great voice! - ArianaMarvelHPVine456
Kenny chesney has more number ones than everyone above him on this list except for Alan Jackson and George strait and there is no way Carrie underwood is better and half the people above him are not even relevant anymore. As well he is no doubt top 5, arguably #1
Saying kenny chesney isn't in the top 10 in blasphemy but saying he isn't as good as brad paisley is just dumb. Not only should kenny be top 10, he should be #1 on the list. There's no way in any world that carrie underwood, brad paisley, alan jackson, and darth brooks are even on kenny's level. - mikegirardi
He is the best! He has no bad songs. He sings from the heart, and has never changed. He is still that same old country boy he use to be.. In my opinion, he almost has what it takes to keep up with Chash, Hank, Willie, and Strait. Keep it up! HE IS THE BEST.17 Comments
The best voice I've heard.
BIG IRON, BIG IRON...
Are you kidding me! Marty Robbins was Blessed with the most Beautiful voice ever and I am just not talking about country music. Period
For voice only, gee I can't think of someone better.24 Comments
If you say Jamey Johnson shouldn't be on this list of all people, you obviously have terrible taste in county music. He is actually a country artist.
Jamey is a throw back a total bad ass who followed in the great Waylon Jennings footsteps this guy is the real deal
A great throw back artist should be higher in my opinion. If this guy would keep producing songs he could be great.
No way should this guy be on this list. Are you kidding me?!1 Comment
You're gonna miss this. One of the best country songs I've ever heard.
Every light in the house is on... You're gonna miss this... No thinkin thing... Great artist
Legend in his time1 Comment
Jolene, jolene, jolene, joooleeeaaneee.
This is the most ridiculous list I have ever seen. Dolly should at least be in the top 5. Her voice and song writing are legendary as is her longevity. Not to mention what a smart business woman she is. Today's singers don't have the unique style or voice that Dolly, Loretta, Tammy and others have. Today the singers all sound the same - men included.
Seriously, 27th with Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, and some of the newer country singers in front of her... She is one of the reasons there is a Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson. Don't get me wrong Carrie and Alan are pretty awesome.. But Dolly at 27? I'm not even going to read rest of this article... It's too stupid.. But, I do think you got number 1 correctly with Mr Cash... After that, this list is crap... Dolly and Garth should be in top 5...
Clearly none of you have seen her live. I hate country but this woman can sing.9 Comments
One of the few country singers that I actually like!
Glad to see another black country singer as he... He could match the great Charlie Pride someday.
Such an amazing voice and he always puts a nice message in his songs.
So what got a problem with black artists3 Comments
Hank Williams Jr is a good singer I listened to hank Williams Jr since I was a kid
He is definitely better than Darius Rucker whose best song was stolen from old crow medicine show
He is not riding on his dad's coat tails you are wrong he is the best old country music singer in my opinion and I should know because I listen to country gold every saturday night with rowdy yates and I am only a tween
Bocephus rules16 Comments
I think Miranda Lambert is an amazing singer and just blows me away. Like if you agree with me on this, her song "Our Way" brings me to tears now that me grandfather has cancer and has 3 months. Amazing...
She will be a legend when her career is over, not many today have the drive that artists of the past had, like Tammy, Loretta, Patsy.. And so many more... Awesome
I like Miranda but there's no way she should be ahead of Patsy Cline. That Carrie Underwood is in the top 15 is just ridiculous. Actually, Miranda should be ahead of Carrie.
Miranda is the best. I got all her albums! Love every song! She is an incredible country star!6 Comments
It's the tennessee jive and they play it in a real gone way
Johnny horton had more hits than johnny cash and also has an album naming him the king of traditional country. George Strait is the king of regular country.
Personally my favorite. I like Sink the Bismarck, Battle of New Orleans and Battle of Bull Run honestly.
Can't believe more is not said about his songs I have learned more about history listrning to his songs than I ever did in school1 Comment
He was the best ever
I often wonder how many more # 1 hits he may have had, had he lived. Miss you CT.
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
He was a wonderfully kind and generous person as well as remarkably good performer and singer at Christmas time he opened up his home to come to see the Christmas lights and was always ready to help someone out with their music career a remarkable man. And will always be remembered.34 Comments
Love Charlie Daniels!
Unarguably one of the greatest country music writers on the planet, and even though he's never been known for his singing voice, Kris's special talent to make the listener feel that he is singing directly to him or her, more than compensates for the lack of a great voice.
Good entertainer, but oh gosh what a songwriter! Me and Bobby McGee, For the Good Times, Help Me Make it Through the Night, Loving Her Was Easier, Sunday Morning Coming Down, and on and on and on...
For The Good Times very well might be the saddest most poignant song ever written. " Hear the whisper of the raindrops falling soft against the window, and make believe you love me one more time. For the good times. If u ever get a chance to hear Elvis version of this song, you won't regret it.
Loved since Silver Tongue Devil2 Comments
Underrated, amazing voice.
He is awesome amasin g and nice I met.him in Lakeland Florida beforw
Not even top 100 in your lifetime bud!
Without him I wouldn't be dating a pretty girl (Hey Pretty Girl)3 Comments
She did a beautiful with over you on the voice defiantly top 15 at least
He has multiple amazing son "burning man" "drunk on a plane" "living"
Dierks bentley is #1
Somewhere on a beach! Funny! Bet u think I'm sitting at home, jaw.! Wonderful
Tip it on back3 Comments
He should be higher than this. " Country Roads Take Me Home" is one of the best loved songs of all time. When it was first released everyone loved it. Even as a young child I understood how poignant the song is.
Simply THE GREATEST COUNTRY SINGER EVER. Many of his songs are not just beautiful melodies, but sublime poems as well. I've no doubt that he even deserves to be remembered as one of the best American poets of all times.
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!
All of his songs are beautiful. He is literally the best singer ever. Eagles and Horses, listen to it. You won't regret it.14 Comments
Don is the best country singer off all time. The emotions behind his songs seems real and on a sunny day, Don Williams' voice seems to be like a swimming pool that cools you down. He is unparalleled by any country music singer. I have almost all his record albums. Don, you are the best..
At position 40, I am very sure that, this is the worse ever ratings...
Don Williams is simply the best country music singer there will ever be!
Amen to that my brothers and sisters Amen!
Don Williams is the best country singer. His songs are about heart touching and emotional. His voice is truly amazing. Other country singers doesn't sing like Don Williams. I have more than 100 collection of his songs. My favourite country singer is Don Williams. He is a talented country singer with an emotional voice. His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: "Gentle Giant" of country music.
No singer puts more emotion into each word than he does. His songs are timeless.23 Comments
The best singer ever
I have a friend named after this guy still a great guy
Say what you want but Elvis has no equal and no entertainer will ever have the impact Elvis has had.
He's still the king6 Comments
The best male alternative country rock artist of all time.
Steve Earle should easily be in the top 10
The best singer, songwriter of all time.
"I gotta two pack habit and a motel tan"
He deserves top 10 Kenny Rogers is my life
This list has no credibility if anyone thinks Kenny doesn't belong in the top ten. His song " Lucille" (which he released before the Gambler) brought millions of fans to country music. Thank goodness I was one of them. Kenny has crossed over many times into other genres which isn't that easy to do.
He's the only man who puts his mind and soul in the country music industry so does he deserve to on top period!
Kenny Rogers is the most talented country singer I have ever heard.7 Comments
He is great I wouldn't put him in front of George strait but he is still up there he is definitely n the top 10
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.12 Comments
His vocals are phenomenal.
Love his voice - Jukeboxhero
One of The Best!
He should be at least in top 10 because he sounds better than everyone else that's not in the top ten5 Comments
He needs to be first
Beer for my horses was awesome if you don't like it, not my problem
Natural, style of his own, good voice range with emotion
Surely the best of the modern day country and western singers.9 Comments
If you don't thinks he's top 25 than take a look at all of his songs you will be surprise how many are hits!
He is the best, lyrical, and has so many hits, and you can relate to every single one of his songs. A haters gonna hate, please respect him, he's a Country Music Jesus! One day you'll be kicking yourself for not likein him, one day!
He is my favorite, How Bout You?
One of the few left that hasn't converted to "bro-country". As he says, still have a lotta boot left to fill!10 Comments
Most selling female country singer ever
One of the most skilled female Country singers in the History of Country music. Her songs hit charts that other Country singers wish they did.
Too far down the list. I know she was HUGE in the music industry but she could have been even bigger if she had wanted to be. In my opinion she was bigger than any one genre of music.
Shania Twain has sold over 75 million albums worldwide, making her the best selling female artist in the history of country music. She belongs in the top five.8 Comments
I would place Keith at about #5 personally, primarily because his grace on country music was so short, If he had lived longer, country might have been way different!
If based purely on vocals, best singer in my opinion so much emotion from every song, and instantly recognizable. George Jones would also be up there in that category, Keith lived his songs, was an awesome personality & still inspires new artists in spite of his short career.
I had a demo tape when he started out that my brother gave me, he said listen to this and tell me what you think. I got back with him and told him this guy keeps it up he would be bigger than Merl. When they found him and said that he had passed my heart felt like it broke. What a voice.
If it wasn't for a short career he would definitely be top 5.
What About Earl Thomas Conley? " I Have Loved You Girl ", Holding Her and Lovin You" and a bunch of other big hits.14 Comments
The best female alternative country singer ever.
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