Top Ten Best Country Singers of the 20th Century


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.

I would have willingly sat with this man for hours on end, just listening to him telling me his life story and hearing him sing. He's amazing. - Britgirl

Not only best of 20th century, best of all time! Perfect choice for number 1. - zxm

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

His life story is so incredibly sad. His soul speaks when he sings those songs. - Britgirl

3 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.
4 Merle Haggard
5 Kris Kristofferson
6 George Jones
7 Loretta Lynn Loretta Lynn
8 Tammy Wynette

Funny fella! Ha! - Britgirl

S'all good t'stand by yer man, but never ferget t'Carrie Underwear. Ya just never can tell.

9 Boxcar Willie
10 Randy Travis Randy Travis Randy Bruce Traywick, known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American country music and Christian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor.

He sure gets about, does randy old Travis. Never asking, "with whom am I having the pleasure? " - Britgirl

The Contenders

11 Crystal Gayle
12 Reba McEntire Reba McEntire Reba Nell McEntire is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and television producer.

Ashamed to admit I only know Why Not Tonight...But what a great one song to know, eh? - Britgirl

13 Levon Helm Levon Helm Mark Lavon "Levon" Helm was an American rock 'n' roller, Americana musician, and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and regular lead vocalist for The Band.
14 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.
15 Ferlin Husky
16 Emmylou Harris
17 Brenda Lee
18 Richard Manuel Richard Manuel Richard George Manuel was a Canadian composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the pianist, regular lead singer, and occasional drummer of The Band. V 1 Comment
19 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.
20 Martina McBride Martina McBride
21 Glen Campbell Glen Campbell
22 Trace Adkins

Good ol' patriot knows what real America is all about.

23 Lynn Anderson
24 Ry Cooder

"In a world of trouble I'd be,
If things ever told on me.
My whole life would be through,
'Cause I'm guilty; how 'bout you? "

25 Lowell George
26 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.

I like the story and meaning behind The Gambler. - Britgirl

27 Don Williams

Can there be a more beautiful voice than this man's? It's so deep, warm and friendly. Absolutely gorgeous. It's even better when he just talks and doesn't sing. *sigh* - Britgirl

So agree. Ol' boy's voice actually has gotten even better with age. A pure spirit, free of pretense and drama, and married to the same gal for fifty-six years. If "I Believe In You" doesn't get ya, must have a hole where there oughta be a soul.

Couldn't have put it better myself, V. I actually put "I believe in You" as the first song on my DW list. Wholly beautiful. - Britgirl

28 Bobby Bare
29 George Strait
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