Top 110 Country Artists


Here is my ranking of the 110 most "important" recorded country artists. Only artists that began recording under their own name by 1975 are included. E-mail me if you have any comments on the list or if you want to know how I compiled it.

* - inducted into the CMA Hall of Fame.

To find out more about Wilf Carter go here.

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*   1 jimmie rodgers                
*   2 hank williams                 
*   3 bill monroe                   
*   4 bob wills                     
*   5 johnny cash                   
*   5 willie nelson                 
*   7 merle haggard                 
*   8 carter family                 
*   9 george jones                  
*  10 waylon jennings               
*  11 ernest tubb                   
*  12 dolly parton                  
*  13 roy acuff                     
*  14 loretta lynn                  
*  15 emmylou harris                
*  16 tammy wynette                 
*  17 gene autry                    
*  17 lefty frizzell                
*  19 kitty wells                   
*  20 flatt & scruggs               
*  21 ray price                     
*  22 patsy cline                   
*  23 buck owens                    
*  24 marty robbins                 
*  25 hank snow                     
*  26 eddy arnold                   
*  27 delmore brothers              
*  28 merle travis                  
   29 stanley brothers              
*  30 red foley                     
*  31 tex ritter                    
*  32 jim reeves                    
   33 jerry lee lewis               
*  34 conway twitty                 
*  35 webb pierce                   
*  36 kris kristofferson            
*  37 uncle dave macon              
   38 kenny rogers                  
*  39 vernon dalhart                
*  40 hank thompson                 
   41 hank williams, jr.            
   42 milton brown                  
*  43 charley pride                 
*  44 tom t. hall                   
*  45 roy rogers                    
*  45 porter wagoner                
   47 doc watson                    
*  48 sons of the pioneers          
   49 charlie rich                  
*  50 glen campbell                 
*  51 faron young                   
*  52 floyd tillman                 
   53 moon mullican                 
*  54 little jimmy dickens          
*  54 roger miller                  
*  56 jimmie davis                  
*  57 carl smith                    
*  58 louvin brothers               
   59 bobby bare                    
   60 billy joe shaver              
   61 jimmy martin                  
*  62 pee wee king                  
   63 cliff bruner                  
*  63 grandpa jones                 
*  65 don gibson                    
   66 jim & jesse                   
*  67 johnny bond                   
*  67 brenda lee                    
   69 jimmy wakely                  
   70 al dexter                     
*  71 tennessee ernie ford          
   72 tommy duncan                  
   73 johnny horton                 
*  74 mel tillis                    
*  75 roy clark                     
*  76 don williams                  
   77 spade cooley                  
   78 ted daffan                    
   79 cowboy copas                  
   80 moe bandy                     
   81 molly o'day                   
*  82 bill anderson                 
   82 tex williams                  
   84 rex allen                     
   85 osborne brothers              
*  86 sonny james                    
   86 maddox brothers & rose        
   88 wynn stewart                  
   89 hank locklin                  
*  89 patsy montana                 
   91 johnny paycheck               
*  92 jimmy dean                    
   93 reno & smiley                 
   94 slim whitman                  
   95 wilburn brothers              
*  96 ferlin husky                  
   97 david allen coe               
   98 jean shepard                  
   99 george hamilton               
  100 freddy fender                 
* 101 george morgan                 
  102 stonewall jackson             
  103 tommy collins                 
  104 hawkshaw hawkins              
  105 joe maphis                    
  106 stuart hamblen                
  107 wilf carter                   
  108 tex owens                     
  109 jack greene                   
  110 dave dudley