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  1. I agree with a comment made by Paul Dennis that all quibbling aside, this is one fantastic job. Just putting together a list of the top 100 is no easy thing. Doing it with thoroughly researched and well written write-ups for each artist is a monumental task. I congratulate you.

    I was happy to see a few of my favorites, John Denver, Everly Brothers, the Eagles, Collin Raye and Gene Watson and to a lesser degree (I don’t play them as frequently) Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Alabama, Garth Brooks and Glen Campbell. My #1 country artist, Hal Ketchum …

  2. …so Steve Earle isn’t as good and/or influential as Rascal Flatts? Or Lee Greenwood? Or Brad Paisley?

    Great list, but Earle is a glaring omission.

    As is Townes Van Zandt, although I suppose one could argue that he’s more of a folk guy.

  3. Now that the list is complete the most startling omissions from the list were Jack Greene, Cal Smith, and Dave Dudley all of whom I would have slotted somewhere in the 50s

    I would make the case for Grandpa Jones and Ernest Stoneman as well.
    Of course this would mean deleting five artists , which would be a difficult task (I’d dump Eagles, Eck Robertson, Fiddlin’ John Carson, Sawyer Brown and Keith Urban)

  4. No Earl Thomas Conley? He had something like 15-20 #1’s in the 80s. Think I’d have him somewhere in the 80-90 range and probably drop Rascal Flatts.

  5. ETC had 18 #1s and 26 total top 10s between 1981 and 1991. And I agree that he should have definitely made this list.

  6. are you insane!!! george jones is #1, if any one else could be #1 it would be hank! mayby you should try doing something else for aliving!

  7. Hmmm,
    I’m thinking Keith Whitley is a little far down the list!!! As well as Gene Watson, John Denver, John Conlee, Oakridge Boys… by the way where are the Statler Brothers? List starts out ok but should be rethought!!!!

  8. Subjective…..I would say Elvis and Conway Twitty would be at the top….Randy Travis? Ferlin Husky? Jim Reeves? Really….I’ll make my own list…

  9. Good list, but Roger Miller seems absent, Sonny James, Earl Thomas Conley, Billy Currington , Ty Herndon should be on there as well
    Keith Urban is not country, talented but is more pop and Eagles, Oak Ridge, Louvins and the groups should not be contenders

  10. I rounded up a few more glaring omissions. I’ve listened to some of their stuff, and I can tell you that any one of these four would’ve been more worthwhile candidates than some of the men that did make the list:

    Johnny Rodriguez: The idea of a Hispanic country singer was unheard of before Johnny came along in 1972. Not only was his stuff Latin-flavored, he’d even sing whole verses in Spanish. (Sadly, none of whatever of his I’ve heard to date show this.)

    Mickey Gilley: You call Lee Greenwood “the definitive male vocalist of post-Urban Cowboy country music”. Thanks to his return to the top in 1980 (three straight #1 singles, his nightclub Gilley’s being featured in the movie, and a #8 album, That’s All That Matters to Me – also his first to reach the Billboard 200), Gilley pretty much began that era!

    Moe Bandy: He made hard country relevant again just as soft country was taking over in the mid-Seventies.

    Mac Davis: A star of the 1970s, and also a great songwriter. Listen to “Texas in My Rear View Mirror” and you’ll know what I mean.

  11. @Thomas
    Roger Miller is on the list. He’s #43.

    And you say Keith Urban should be omitted for being more pop-flavored? Well, John Denver made this list too, and he took a poppier approach. As did the Oak Ridge Boys (post-gospel group days), Kenny Rogers, and a number of the other men on here. If all 100 were traditional solo artists, I think the list would be kinda boring.

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