Top 25 Greatest Country Singers of All Time

by Knox27 | created - 22 Jan 2015 | updated - 06 May 2015 | Public

1. Hank Williams

Soundtrack | The Last Picture Show

Hank Williams was born in September 1923 in a small Alabama farming community about 70 miles south of Montgomery. His father was a railroad engineer who was also a victim of shell shock after a year of fighting in France in 1918 during World War I and spent many years in veterans hospitals. Hank's ...

2. Johnny Cash

Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show

Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Carrie Cash (Rivers) and Raymond Cash. He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955. In 1958 he moved to Columbia Records. He had long periods of drug abuse during the 1960s, but later that decade he successfully ...

3. George Jones

Soundtrack | Tin Cup

George Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas, USA as George Glenn Jones. He was married to Nancy Sepulveda, Tammy Wynette, Shirley Ann Corley and Dorothy Bonvillion. He died on April 26, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

4. Jimmie Rodgers

Soundtrack | Cry-Baby

Jimmie Rodgers considered by many to be the father of Country Music began his career with the railroad at the age of fourteen following in his father, Aaron's footsteps. In 1911, he went to work as a brakeman but had to cut his railroading career short because of contracting consumption in 1924. ...

5. Patsy Cline

Soundtrack | Assassin's Creed

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth ...

6. Waylon Jennings

Actor | Maverick

Jennings, a singer, songwriter and guitarist, recorded 60 albums and had 16 No. 1 country singles in a career that spanned five decades. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2001. With pal Willie Nelson, Jennings performed duets like "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up ...

7. Willie Nelson

Soundtrack | The Dukes of Hazzard

This versatile, eclectic, rather wanderlust country crossover star known for his classic ballads ("Always On My Mind"), autobiographical road songs ("On the Road Again") and catchy rhythms ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys") started out life as Willie Hugh Nelson on April 30, ...

8. Merle Haggard

Soundtrack | Wag the Dog

Merle Ronald Haggard was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Haggard was born in Oildale, California, during the Great Depression. His childhood was troubled after the death of his father. After being released from San Quentin State Prison in 1960, he managed to turn his...

9. Loretta Lynn

Soundtrack | High Crimes

Loretta Lynn was born on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, USA as Loretta Webb. She was previously married to Oliver Lynn.

10. Conway Twitty

Soundtrack | Limitless

Conway Twitty was born on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point, Mississippi, USA as Harold Lloyd Jenkins. He was married to Dolores Virginia Henry, Temple Medley and Ellen Matthews. He died on June 5, 1993 in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

11. Ernest Tubb

Soundtrack | Hollywood Barn Dance

Ernest Tubb was born on February 9, 1914 in Crisp, Texas, USA as Ernest Dale Tubb. He was married to Olene Adams Carter and Lois Elaine Cook. He died on September 6, 1984 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

12. Buck Owens

Soundtrack | Crazy Heart

Buck Owens is a true legend in country music. Along with fellow performers Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, Buck helped popularize the Bakersfield Sound, or honky-tonk infused with electric instrumentation and rock influences. Growing up in Arizona, Buck picked cotton and learned to play the ...

13. The Carter Family

Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show

Janette Carter, the last surviving child of the Carter Family, died January 22, 2006, at the age of 82. She had Parkinson's disease and other illnesses. She was the daughter of A.P. and Sara Carter, who formed a vocal trio along with A.P.s sister-in-law Mother Maybelle Carter. They were discovered ...

A.P. Carter, Sara Carter, & Maybelle Carter

14. Roy Acuff

Soundtrack | Night Train to Memphis

Roy Acuff was born on September 15, 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, USA as Roy Claxton Acuff. He was married to Mildred Louise Douglas. He died on November 23, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee.

15. Kitty Wells

Soundtrack | The Blues Brothers

Kitty Wells was born on August 30, 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Muriel Ellen Deason. She was married to Johnny Wright. She died on July 16, 2012 in Madison, Tennessee.

16. Dolly Parton

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Avie Lee (née Owens) and tobacco farmer Robert Lee Parton, and grew up on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 she was appearing on Knoxville TV and at 13 she was already recording on a small label and appearing at...

17. Bill Monroe

Soundtrack | Men of Honor

Born in Rosine Kentucky, he was the youngest of eight children. Orphaned at age 11 he was raised by his uncle, fiddler Pendleton Vandiver. Learning the fiddle from his mother and taught further by his uncle, at an early age he began playing dances with uncle and brothers. Besides his uncle (whom he...

18. Elvis Presley

Soundtrack | Tickle Me

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. ...

19. Hank Williams Jr.

Soundtrack | Gravity

Randall Hank Williams was born the son of the legendary Hank Williams and Audrey Williams. After the death of his father in 1953, Hank Jr. began his career in country music. The early years of his career were spent trying to overcome the legacy of his father and come into his own. This did not ...

Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs

21. Marty Robbins

Soundtrack | The Drifter

He is known for many styles of music - pure honky-tonk, rockabilly, gospel, straight-ahead pop, blues and Hawaiian. But fans remember Marty Robbins best for his cowboy songs. Songs like "Big Iron", "Running Gun", "The Hanging Tree" and of course "El Paso" established Robbins as the master of the ...

22. Tammy Wynette

Soundtrack | Sordid Lives

Tammy once said: "I spent 15 minutes writing ["Stand by Your Man"], and a lifetime defending it". She was born Virginia Wynette Pugh on May 5, 1942, on her grandfather's cotton farm in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Tammy picked cotton as a child, and as a young woman worked as a waitress, a ...

23. Hank Snow

Soundtrack | Who'll Stop the Rain

Hank Snow was born on May 9, 1914 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada as Clarence Eugene Snow. He was married to Minnie Blanch Aalders. He died on December 20, 1999 in Madison, Tennessee, USA.

24. Charley Pride

Soundtrack | Breakdown

Charley Pride was born on March 18, 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi, USA. He has been married to Rozene Cohran since December 28, 1956. They have three children.

25. Lefty Frizzell

Soundtrack | Ken Park

Lefty Frizzell was born on March 31, 1928 in Corsicana, Texas, USA as William Orville Frizzell. He was married to Alice Harper. He died on July 19, 1975 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.



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