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Top 100 Country Music Artists of All Time

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American rock and country singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, circa 1965.
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We've compiled a list of the Top 100 Country Music Artists of All Time. The list is based on many things, and has the input of the entire staff on where to place an artist, or if the artist belonged on the list. Things that we based our ranking on are album sales, top 40 hits, no. 1 records, no. 1 albums, popularity as an influence on other artists, and other attributes. Any omissions are purely unintentional.

  1. Johnny Cash
  2. Hank Williams
  3. Merle Haggard
  4. Patsy Cline
  5. Jimmie Rodgers
  6. Bill Monroe
  7. Carter Family
  8. Willie Nelson
  9. Waylon Jennings
  10. George Jones
  11. Conway Twitty
  12. Bob Wills
  13. Tammy Wynette
  14. Loretta Lynn
  15. Buck Owens
  16. Kitty Wells
  17. Dolly Parton
  18. Lefty Frizzell
  19. Ray Price
  20. Eddy Arnold
  21. Ernest Tubb
  22. Webb Pierce
  23. Ronnie Milsap
  24. Jim Reeves
  25. Charley Pride
  26. The Stanley Brothers
  27. George Strait
  28. Flatt & Scruggs
  29. Marty Robbins
  30. Garth Brooks
  31. Elvis Presley
  32. Hank Snow
  33. Don Gibson
  34. Hank Williams Jr.
  35. Roger Miller
  36. Johnny Horton
  37. Charlie Rich
  38. Red Foley
  39. Louvin Brothers
  40. Statler Brothers
  41. Roy Acuff
  42. Gene Autry
  43. Hank Thompson
  44. Bobby Bare
  45. Chet Atkins
  46. George Morgan
  47. Porter Wagoner
  48. Tennessee Ernie Ford
  49. Vern Gosdin
  50. Sonny James
  51. Reba McEntire
  52. Tom T. Hall
  53. Roy Rogers
  54. Tanya Tucker
  55. Bill Anderson
  56. The Oak Ridge Boys
  57. Faron Young
  58. Earl Thomas Conley
  59. Alabama
  60. Barbara Mandrell
  61. Gene Watson
  62. Crystal Gayle
  63. Kenny Rogers
  64. Shania Twain
  65. Glen Campbell
  66. Rodney Crowell
  67. Keith Whitley
  68. Dwight Yoakam
  69. Marty Stuart
  70. Patsy Montana
  71. Don Williams
  72. Steve Wariner
  73. The Judds
  74. Jean Shepard
  75. Roy Clark
  76. Emmylou Harris
  77. Mel Tillis
  78. John Conlee
  79. Ricky Skaggs
  80. Dottie West
  81. T.G. Sheppard
  82. Johnny Paycheck
  83. Bellamy Brothers
  84. Randy Travis
  85. Lynn Anderson
  86. Carl Smith
  87. Dave Dudley
  88. John Denver
  89. Vince Gill
  90. Patty Loveless
  91. Alan Jackson
  92. Clint Black
  93. The Dixie Chicks
  94. Brooks & Dunn
  95. Tim McGraw
  96. Toby Keith
  97. Anne Murray
  98. Diamond Rio
  99. Mark Chesnutt
  100. Alison Krauss + Union Station

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