Top 100 Country Singers of All Time

Country Music's Legendary Acts

American rock and country singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, circa 1965.
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Country has always been a cornerstone of American music, but in recent years it has undergone quite a transformation. What was once brushed off as "hick music" only to be enjoyed by country stereotypes is now being enjoyed by more people than ever before. Its audience has grown exponentially, and its songs are dominating the radio waves. While the rest of the music industry continues to struggle, country seems to be stronger than ever.

 If one thing is for certain, country music isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

While country music's more recent success can be attributed to a batch of talented, young artists, the real credit should go to the country music mainstays on this list. These top 100 country singers of all time, even those who have died, continue to be instrumental in defining the genre, and their influence can still be felt today.

Creating this list was a hefty undertaking that required significant input on where to place an artist and which artists belong on the list. The rankings are based on several factors: each artist's album sales; the number of Top 40 hits, No. 1 records and No. 1 albums; awards and recognition; influence on other artists; and legacy. 

Some of the artists on this list are also considered to be the top country-to-pop crossover successes. They include, of course, Elvis Presley, along with Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks and Glen Campbell.

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The Top 100 Country Singers of All Time

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