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    Leana Jo Murphy

    Should had been 50 greatest, because they missed out on Marty Robbins, Freddy Fender, Johnny Rodriguez, Mickey Gilley, & a few others. Darn.

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    Jim Davis

    Thet totally missed 4 or 5 great performers in Porter Wagoner, Billy Joe Royal, Ricky Van Shelton and Don Williams. Don Williams with his spectacular voice should have been in the top 20 for sure. Ray Price was better than several mentioned, although they are all great and they can't all be in the top 40. My list would have been close to this one. I own many of these artist's 1st albums among my extensive vinyl collection.

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    Sarah Renfrow

    My husband died in a accident in 1970. When I got in his car the first time after he died, the tape in the player was Conway, singing ‘Hello, Darling’. The tape was immediately pulled. It’s never been played again, it’s stored in my keepsakes that our children will have to throw away. Conway, Johnny Cash, Charlie Pride, Alan Jackson, so many, many great guys with wonderful voices. Love them every one!!!

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    songbirdinnc

    No KRIS KRISTOFFERSON?!? His songs are pure poetry, and absolutely changed Nashville. Both Willie and Johnny have said that he is the greatest songwriter ever. Pretty ringing endorsement, I'd say. And as part of the Highwaymen, he moved into iconic status. A GLARING OMISSION!!

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    britt baugh

    I'm sorta wondering about someone who won Country Music Entertainer of the year for about 3 years running. Where's Roy Clark?

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    Willa Upham

    I cannot understand why Marty Robbins isn't in this ! BIG MISTAKE on their part ! HE HAS AND ALWAY WILL BE, MY FAVORITE SINGER. He could go from low low to high high without any effort at all. Maybe whoever put this together will see this and correct it ! The recipient of two Grammy Awards, Robbins had recorded more than 500 songs and 60 albums. He had scored at least one hit song each year for 19 consecutive years. He placed 94 songs on Billboard’s Country Singles charts, four of them after his death.

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    Margo Mason

    It's a shame Marty Robbins was left out of the Top 40 Country Male Singers. Marty Robbins, to me was the man, with the most beautiful voice, in Country/Western music. Marty was called the man, with a golden throat and The Renaissance Man.
    Marty charted 17 #1 hits, 82 charted hits and wrote over 500 songs.
    Winner of 1st Country Music Grammy given, 1961 & his 2nd Grammy 1970, 1st Artist Of The Decade 1960-1969, Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame 1978, inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame 1982, Grammy Hall Of Fame 1998 for ElPaso (posthumous), Hollywood Walk Of Fame @ 6666 Hollywood Blvd.
    Marty Robbins, with Grady Martin are responsible for "The Fuzz Effect." Most artist know about it, but don't know who was credited with it on his song Don't Worry. Marty had 2 network tv shows and his own publishing company. Marty was an actor in 8 movies. Marty was honored by The Who, The Greatful Dead, Bob Weir, Beast Of Bourbon and Don McLean. Marty is the favorite Country Music performer of Paul McCartney, Pete Townsend and Don McLean. Honorary degree @ North Arizona University. Non-Professional NASCAR racer, with 35 races and 6 top 10 wins. Honored with The Marty Robbins 420 @ the Nashville Speedway (posthumous) in 1983, which was to be a yearly event. Marty was the last performer @ The Ryman Auditorium's Grand Old Opry and the first performer @ The Opryland's Grand Old Opry.

    I feel the Country Music industry has turned it's back on Marty Robbins, as he was a good man. He wasn't a wild person, didn't drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or do drugs. Marty wasn't never in prison. What a good man and entertainer, to not be recognized in style. Evidently being a good person doesn't hold clout, in the Country Music Industry.

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    James Farrell

    Garth sure was good for the music industry, but he really "ph cked up" the identifying sound of what "real Country Music lovers" call "real Country Music".

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    Bac si Gà bé

    Alan Jackson, George Straight, Conway Twitty, Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash. Sounds about right

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    Collins Crapo

    Glad to see Waylon & Willie at #5 & #4 respectively; my earliest memories include their music. As for the top 40 gals, their list starts at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZFWG7LFr-o

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    Karl Gotch

    CMT finally got it right. Johnny Cash is not only the greatest country artist of all time, he is right there in the conversation for greatest all-time artist of all genres combined, period. Bob Dylan himself called Johnny Cash "the north star and you could guide your ship by him. The greatest of greats, then and now". Very few artists, if any, have had the worldwide influence that Johnny Cash has had. Although he was primarily a country artist, labeling him in that category alone would be a grave mistake. Everyone claimed him as their own, but none could own him. He was a genre all by himself. He is gone but his music will live forever.

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    rather knotty

    WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION? Was it simply volume of sales? If it was I think it misses the roots that Country music grew from. There is something wrong with a list that puts Jimmie Rodgers at no 33, tottally misses Hank Snow, Marty Robbins, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton and The Carter Family and elevates a lot of POP acts that sell millions but do not qualify as proper Country music. Bring back REAL Country, PLEASE. Restore Fiddle and Steel Guitar/Dobro. Mandolin and Banjo. Come on America this is truly YOUR GENUINE ORIGINAL NATIONAL MUSIC, please don't let it continue getting watered down to pop music and lose its identity.

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    John Thompson

    No mention of the Statler Brothers. They have Alabama ranked but not the STATS . This is what's wrong with today's country music they try to be too modernistic and put their own slant towards the watered down cookie cutter country music we have today.

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    Lucy Miles

    One, George Jones
    Two, Merle haggard
    Three, Johnny cash
    Four, Alan Jackson
    Five, Waylon Jennings
    Six, Mark chestnut
    Seven, Tracey Lawrence
    Eight, Charlie Pride

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    ryan hilts

    why do they have Garth brooks commenting on anything ? I think he’s responsible for being one of the first singers to ruin country music

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    starsista001

    All fabulous, all great men of country, thank you. There were a few missing though. I guess it is difficult to make up a list everyone agrees with. This was most appreciated anyway!

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    Diane Schultz

    Had Hank lived as long as Cash he would be #1, but even still he wrote some of the best songs ever and he was only writing songs for 6 years, to me Hank is King of country music!

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    BigBlueFan1987

    Cash is good and all but he was only # 1 on this because he died the year this came out. Top 5 should've been Hank Sr., Merle, Waylon, George Jones and Keith Whitley in that order

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    Leonard Taylor

    Yeah it seems like Kris Kristofferson and Marty Robbins should be on this list , maybe a few others . There are a lot of great Country singers on the list .

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    Leonard Taylor

    I love Johny Cash , Willie Nelson , and Goerge Jones , But i would have Waylon Jennings # one and Merle Haggard # two .

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    jayden james

    Really no JIM REEVES the man responsible for the Nashville sound …this is not a true reflection of country music..

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    Tawny Katz

    Willie can't sing worth a hoot.. He's kinda like Bob Dylan. An icon that can't sing. Vince Gill should have been top five, based on singing ability. George should have been top two, with Merle.

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    Elko Bill

    My top male 12 C&W  (songwriters, musicians & singers in one package)Hank Williams Sr. George Jones Flatt & Scruggs Waylon Jennings Willie Nelson Merle Haggard Hank Williams Jr.Stanley Brothers Ricky Skaggs Tom T. Hall Hank Snow Vince Gill

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    David Corne

    Marty Robbins, the greatest singer Country music will ever know. Some of these names I see in this list they couldn't hold a candle to Mr Teardrop.

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    Daniel Clark

    Garth Brooks does not belong in the top 40 most important men of country music. He produced 1 country album, his first one. As a kid, I liked Ronnie Milsap. And Rockabilly is cute and all, but it's not country music produced by country people.

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    Nancy Duncan

    I know when I heard that song Where were you, it was on the Giants. I had to find out where to find it?

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