Famous American Country Musicians

Roll out the red carpet! It is time for country music's finest musical superstars to wow us for the umpteenth time, albeit this time it is not their music, but their rich and inspiring lives that will make your jaws drop in disbelief and admiration. That is true! When it comes to mainstream success, country musicians may not be as widely popular as rock stars. Nevertheless, they seem to be fast outpacing their pop, rock, hip-hop peers in a never before way. No wonder, country music's clout in the music arena seems to be getting stronger with each new Billboard success. From Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood to Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and from Miranda Lambert and Chris Young to Jake Owen and Justin Moore, country's contemporary musicians are taking the world by a storm. However, it is not just the current crop of country musicians to whom the genre owes its growing popularity. Country music fever has gripped America for decades now, thanks to maestros like Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, and Garth Brooks. Explore the inspiring lives of America's famous country musicians in the timeline, trivia, and facts mentioned in the biographies here.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 29, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

An accomplished musician and one of the most popular names of the late 20th century American country music, Willie Nelson garnered fame with his albums Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger, Stardust and Always on My Mind. The multiple Grammy award winning musician, who continues to record even today, has also appeared in numerous films and authored a number of books.

 2 Hank Williams

Hank Williams
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Famous As: Father of contemporary country music
Birthdate: September 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 1953

Musician Hank Williams is widely considered one of the most influential and significant American singer-songwriters of the 20th century. Hank Williams influenced several singers, such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and Charley Pride to name a few. Since his untimely death at the age of 29, many artists have released tribute albums honoring Hank Williams.  

 3 Merle Haggard

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Birthdate: April 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 6, 2016
Country singer Merle Haggard initially gained fame performing with The Strangers. He had several brushes with the law in his younger days, before he launched his music career. His songs reflected the angst of the working class. He won several accolades, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 4 Ricky Nelson

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 31, 1985

Ricky Nelson was an American pop pioneer, rock & roll star, and singer-songwriter. After establishing himself as a top teen idol during the 1950s, Ricky Nelson went on to release several chartbusting songs. He achieved great popularity and was ranked 91st on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 5 Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Television actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 6 Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 7 Brad Douglas Paisley

Brad Douglas Paisley
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Brad Douglas Paisley is an American singer-songwriter. One of the most decorated male country music singers of the current generation, Paisley has won multiple American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards. Brad Paisley is also known for his skills as a guitarist and one particular model of guitar is named after him.

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 8 Marie Osmond

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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Television actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 9 Vince Gill

Vince Gill
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 10 Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson
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Famous As: Gospel Musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Singer and songwriter Alan Jackson is famous for popularizing the “neotraditional country” genre of music that has elements of traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country-pop sounds. Having sold over 75 million records worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. In 2017, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 11 GG Allin

GG Allin
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 28, 1993
Punk rock artist and drummer GG Allin is best remembered for his controversial live performances, which involved acts like self-mutilation, and his themes of violence. He was also arrested for assaulting his audience members. He vowed to commit suicide on stage, multiple times, but eventually died of a drug overdose. 

 12 Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed
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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist
Birthdate: March 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 1, 2008

 13 Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: February 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Jason Aldean is an American singer and songwriter known for his work in the country music genre. One of the most decorated male country music singers of his generation, Aldean has many platinum-certified albums under his belt. Also a philanthropist, Aldean has raised nearly $4 million for cancer research and continues to work towards raising awareness about breast cancer research.

 14 Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 13, 2010

 15 George Jones

George Jones
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: April 26, 2013

 16 Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 17 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 2020

 18 David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: September 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 19 Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 20 Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 21 Michael Nesmith

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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 22 Toby Keith

Toby Keith
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 23 Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart
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Famous As: singer-songwriter, musician, singer, mandolinist
Birthdate: September 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 24 Roy Clark

Roy Clark
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 15, 2018

 25 Randy Meisner

Randy Meisner
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 26 Natalie Maines

Natalie Maines
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 27 Steve Earle

Steve Earle
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Rock, country, and folk singer-songwriter, Steve Earle, developed an early interest in music and started his career when he was a teenager. Rebellious as a young man, he went through his share of struggles before he was able to establish himself successfully as a singer. Also a political activist, he is a vocal opponent of capital punishment. 

 28 Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. Schmit
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 29 Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 30 Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 9, 1989

Keith Whitley was an American singer whose career was cut short by his sudden death at the age of 34. Before his death, due to alcohol intoxication, Whitley recorded two albums, which spawned 12 chart-busting singles. His third and final studio album was released posthumously.

 31 Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Wynonna Judd is an American country music singer. One of the most decorated female country singers of her generation, Judd was honored with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame for her contribution to music. Also a philanthropist, Judd joined hands with Habitat for Humanity and helped raise more than $90 million to aid victims of natural disasters.

 32 Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 17, 2013

 33 Shawnee Smith

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 34 Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 35 Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 36 Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 37 Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hays
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Famous As: Country Singer, Musician
Birthdate: September 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 38 Hank Williams III

Hank Williams III
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 39 Martina McBride

Martina McBride
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 40 Bernie Leadon

Bernie Leadon
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Banjoist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Surfer, Mandolinist, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 41 Don Williams

Don Williams
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 8, 2017

 42 Buck Owens

Buck Owens
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 25, 2006

 43 Clint Black

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 44 Gene Autry

Gene Autry
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Yodeler, Screenwriter, Television actor, Radio personality
Birthdate: September 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 2, 1998

 45 Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd
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Famous As: Nurse, Motivational speaker, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 46 Johnny Van Zant

Johnny Van Zant
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 47 Rhett Akins

Rhett Akins
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: October 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 48 Sara Evans

Sara Evans
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 49 Roger Miller

Roger Miller
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Musician, Lyricist, Actor
Birthdate: January 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 25, 1992

 50 Jim Reeves

Jim Reeves
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 31, 1964