Everyone has their favorite country singer, but here is a list of some of the 10 most famous country singers of all time. Feel free to make up your own list of who you think are the most famous country singers.
- Johnny Cash, dubbed “The Man in Black,” was the youngest inductee to the Country Hall of Fame. Two of his most famous hits were “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire.” He married June Carter, and they had seven children. He sold over 90 million records during his lifetime.
- GeorgeStraitwas inducted in 2006 to the Country Hall of Fame. He had seventeen number one hits on Billboard in the 1990s. Some of his more famous songs are “All My Exes Live in Texas,” “Love Without End, Amen,” and “I Cross My Heart.” He won the CMA award for his album in 1985, for his singing in 1986, and many more awards after that.
- Loretta Lynn won her first CMA award in 1972 for Entertainer of the Year. She is best known for her hits “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “I Lie.” She has had 52 top ten hits, sixteen number one hits, and also won the Vocal Duo of the Year with Conway Twitty from 1972 to 1976. After taking time off to care for her sick husband in the 1990s, she came back to a whole new group of fans.
- Rebe McEntire was awarded the National Artistic Achievement Award by the U.S. Congress. She has sold over 55 million albums, had 63 top ten hits, fifteen AMA awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven CMA awards, two Grammys, and a sitcom. She has made 34 studio albums, and is known for her hit singles “When You Love a Child” and “Consider Me Gone.”
- Garth Brooks is the Number One solo artist in U.S. history having sold over 128 million albums. His album “The Ultimate” went 5X Platinum. His TV special “Ireland and Back” had over 15.7 million viewers. He retired with his wife Trisha Yearwood and his three daughters in 1998, but still comes out for charitable events. He has won numerous awards for entertainer, male artist, and songwriting.
- Patsy Cline died at the young age 31 from an airplane crash in 1963, but not before she had an effect on country music. Ten million albums of her greatest hits sold in 2005. She was best known for her songs “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces.” She appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in 1958 and after her death was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Carrie Underwood, 2004 American Idol winner, had ten number one singles from her first two albums. Some of her popular songs are “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats.” She has won five CMAs, eight ACMs, four Grammys, and other awards from People’s Choice, Billboard, Teen Choice, AMA and CMT, plus two awards for songwriting. She was entertainer of the year 2009 and 2010, and her first album went 7X Platinum!!
- Eddy Arnold was best known for introducing Nashville and country music to the world and was a regular host on the Grand Ole Opry. In 1948 he had six songs in the top ten at one time. He is best known for “Make the World Go Away” and “What’s He Doing in My World.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966.
- George Jones received the Medal of Arts for artistic excellence, in 2002 from President Bush. He is best known for “Why Baby Why” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” which won him every award in country music including a Grammy, CMA Single of the Year for 1980 and 1981, and even Favorite Country Song ten years later. After years of drug and alcohol problems, George lives a sober life today and performs approximately 100 times per year.
- Merle Haggard is best known as a lyricist and poet of the common man. Many of his songs are sorrowful and painful, but usually include humor and hope. When he was young, he had problems with the law but received an unconditional pardon. Two of his best known songs are “Sing a Sad Song” and “The Fugitive.”
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