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 Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States

Kris Kristofferson is a popular singer-songwriter and actor. Over the years, Kris has played a major role in the success of many famous singers, having contributed to their musical albums as a songwriter. For his achievements in the field of music, Kris Kristofferson was made a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004.

 2 Hank Williams

Hank Williams.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musicians
Birthdate: September 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mount Olive, Alabama, United States
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 Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Golden, Texas, United States
Country singer Kacey Musgraves has won six Grammys, including one for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She had started as part of the children’s country duo Texas Two Bits and explored a solo career later. She has also appeared on the singing reality show Nashville Star.

 4 Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond.
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Television actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ogden

Marie Osmond is an American singer, talk show host, author, actress, and philanthropist. A multi-talented individual, Osmond has been equally successful as a singer and actress. She is also credited with co-founding a non-profit organization called Children's Miracle Network which aims at improving the lives of children by raising money for children's hospitals across North America.

 5 Tim McGraw

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Delhi, Louisiana
Three-time Grammy-winning country artist Tim McGraw has released 15 albums, 10 of which have topped the Top Country Albums chart. He also has 25 Hot Country Songs chart-toppers. He has also appeared in movies such as The Blind Side and Tomorrowland and is a minority owner of the Nashville Kats.

 6 Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard.
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Birthdate: April 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oildale, California, United States
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.

 7 John Prine

John Prine
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States
Died: April 7, 2020
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 8 Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, US
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.

 9 GG Allin

GG Allin.
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lancaster
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. 

 10 Jana Kramer

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

Jana Kramer is an American singer and actress who was adjudged Top New Female Artist at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. A multi-talented personality, Kramer is also known for her skills as a dancer; she finished fourth after competing in the popular dance competition television series Dancing with the Stars in 2016.

 11 Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean.
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: February 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States

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.

 12 Brad Douglas Paisley

Brad Douglas Paisley.
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glen Dale

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.

 13 Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plainview, Texas, United States
Died: June 13, 2010
Jimmy Dean was an American television host, country music singer, businessman, and actor. He is credited with creating and popularizing a food company named Jimmy Dean Foods. He was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, although he was still alive when he was nominated for the honor in 2010.

 14 Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

Hank Williams Jr. is a musician and singer-songwriter. Although he initially gained fame for imitating his father Hank Williams' style, he later established his own style, winning several awards like Grammy Awards. In 2017, he was included in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time list. In 2020, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  

 15 Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson.
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Famous As: Gospel Musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newnan, Georgia USA

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.

 16 Vince Gill

Vince Gill
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Vince Gill is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. He currently holds the record for the most number of Grammy Awards won by a male country music artist with 22 awards under his belt. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Vince Gill also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

 17 Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States

 18 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, guitarist, and singer. During the 1970s, Pride became the best-selling singer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In his illustrious career, Pride won many awards including three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2000, Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 19 Josh Kelley

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

 20 Jerry Reed

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

Jerry Reed was an American guitarist, country music singer, songwriter, composer, and actor. He won three Grammy Awards and two Country Music Association awards during his illustrious career. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jerry Reed was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

 21 Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 22 Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seminole, Texas, United States

 23 Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Albemarle, North Carolina, United States

 24 Michael Nesmith

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
Birthplace: Houston

 25 Eric Church

Eric Church
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

 26 George Jones

George Jones
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saratoga, Texas, United States
Died: April 26, 2013

George Jones was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Renowned for his distinctive voice and phrasing, George Jones was widely regarded as the greatest living country singer during the last 20 years of his life. Jones is also remembered for staying painstakingly loyal to country music throughout his life. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

 27 Toby Keith

Toby Keith
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clinton, Oklahoma, United States

Toby Keith is a record producer, country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He is credited with founding a record label named Show Dog Nashville which was renamed Show Dog-Universal Music in 2009 after merging with Universal South Records. Also a philanthropist, Keith supports many non-profit organizations like Ally's House. In 2021, he was honored with the National Medal of Arts.

 28 David Allan Coe

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

David Allan Coe is a singer-songwriter who played a major role in the prosperity of the '1970s' outlaw country scene. Coe, who initially gained prominence for busking, had spent his early life in prisons and reform schools. He then came up with hit songs like Take This Job and Shove It, which inspired the 1981 film of the same name.

 29 Roy Clark

Roy Clark
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Meherrin, Virginia, United States
Died: November 15, 2018

 30 Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: November 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winter Haven
Died: September 19, 1973

 31 Randy Meisner

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

 32 Natalie Maines

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

 33 Steve Earle

Steve Earle.
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia United States

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. 

 34 Wynonna Judd

Wynonna Judd.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashland

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.

 35 Marty Stuart

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

Marty Stuart is an American bluegrass and country music singer, musician, and songwriter. Renowned for his combination of country rock, rockabilly, and bluegrass music style, Stuart has won five Grammy Awards so far. Marty Stuart is currently among the board members of the Country Music Foundation. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2020.

 36 Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky, United States
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.

 37 Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Green Hill

 38 Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. Schmit
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

 39 Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Myers
Died: February 17, 2013

 40 Mac Davis

Mac Davis
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Stage actor
Birthdate: January 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States

 41 Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States

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. 

 42 Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 43 Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Dierks Bentley is a country music singer and songwriter who has won many prestigious awards, such as the Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards. Over the years, he has also headlined many tours, including the Riser Tour, Sounds of Summer Tour, and Somewhere on a Beach Tour. 

 44 Hank Williams III

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

 45 Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hays.
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Famous As: Country Singer, Musician
Birthdate: September 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, U.S.

 46 Martina McBride

Martina McBride
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sharon, Kansas, United States

 47 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
Birthplace: Minneapolis

 48 Clint Black

Clint Black
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States

Clint Black is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, musician, country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He is credited with founding a record label named Equity Music Group in 2003. Over the years, he has won many awards, including five Academy of Country Music awards and two Country Music Association awards.

 49 Don Williams

Don Williams
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Floydada, Texas, United States
Died: September 8, 2017

 50 Buck Owens

Buck Owens
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sherman, Texas, United States
Died: March 25, 2006