CMT All-Time Top 40

About CMT All-Time Top 40

  • Country artists will have their chance to recognize the music that shaped their lives with CMT All-Time Top 40: Artist's Choice. The incredible list of musical acts will be revealed one by one each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown, beginning with No. 40 and concluding with No. 1 in December. Each influential musician or band will be ranked based on an artist poll conducted by CMT among the biggest stars in country music. The ballot isn't limited to just country artists, so over the course of 2014, CMT All-Time Top 40 will highlight artists from all genres that influence country's biggest names.

All-Time Top 40 Artists

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    No. 1: Merle Haggard
    Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols and others pay tribute to the country music icon. Take a look.

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    No. 2: Hank Williams
    Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Alabama's Randy Owen and many more explain why the country music legend is one of the Top 40 artists of all time.

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    No. 3: Elvis Presley
    Hear from his daughter Lisa Marie Presley as well as other celebrity admirers like Wanda Jackson, Trace Adkins, Brenda Lee, Charlie Daniels and more share their affinity and adoration for the King of Rock 'n' Roll.

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    No. 4: Dolly Parton
    Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Charley Pride, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Evans and more share their love of the larger-than-life and celebrated singer-songwriter.

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    No. 5: George Strait
    Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks, Gary Allan and many others sing their praises of country music icon King George. See why.

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    No. 6: Garth Brooks
    From George Strait and Trace Adkins to Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry, watch as these successful artists share their admiration for the country music icon.

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    No. 7: Willie Nelson
    Merle Haggard, Ray Benson, Randy Houser, Pam Tillis, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn and Ashley Monroe sing the praises of the country music icon. See why.

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    No. 8: Johnny Cash
    Merle Haggard, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels and more talk about the influence of the legendary Man in Black. Check it out.

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    No. 9: Reba
    Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Kix Brooks, Lady Antebellum and other artists sing their praises of the award-winning country music superstar. Take a look.

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    No. 10: George Jones
    George Strait, Craig Morgan, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels, Bobby Bare, Wynonna Judd and other country artists share their love of the legendary singer-songwriter.

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    No. 11: Loretta Lynn
    Miranda Lambert shares her stories of Lynn and credits the iconic singer-songwriter for opening doors for other female artists like herself. See what else she had to say along with Merle Haggard, Ashley Monroe, Martina McBride, The Band Perry, Lauren Alaina and Brenda Lee.

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    No. 12: Michael Jackson
    Chris Young, LeAnn Rimes and The Band Perry were just a few of the country artists who named Michael Jackson one of the Top 40 artists of all time.

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    No. 13: Ray Charles
    Hear from artists like Ronnie Milsap, Martina McBride, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Kacey Musgraves and Ray Stevens as they share their love and admiration of the legendary musician.

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    No. 14: The Beatles
    Charlie Worsham, Martina McBride, Ronnie Dunn, Rosanne Cash and Mary Chapin Carpenter explain why country stars chose the Beatles as one of the Top 40 artists of all time. Take a look.

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    No. 15: Patsy Cline
    Merle Haggard, LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans and more sing the praises of the voice behind iconic country classics like "Crazy," "She's Got You," "Walkin' After Midnight" and more.

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    No. 16: Taylor Swift
    From George Strait and the Oak Ridge Boys to Lauren Alaina and Dan + Shay, enjoy as country stars share their admiration for the successful singer-songwriter.

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    No. 17: Bruce Springsteen
    Jennifer Nettles, Keith Urban, Roseanne Cash and many others share their love and admiration for The Boss. See why.

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    No. 18: Bob Dylan
    Heralded as a songwriting genius, hear from artists like Merle Haggard, Scott Avett, Darius Rucker, Holly Williams and many others as they sing the praises of the prolific singer-songwriter.

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    No. 19: Vince Gill
    Dolly Parton, Holly Williams, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum and more share their love for the award-winning singer-songwriter and musician. Not only is he celebrated for his enormous musical talent, but his character as well. Take a look.

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    No. 20: The Rolling Stones
    "How can you shuffle the deck that many times and still come up with aces?" Kix Brooks questions in reference to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. See how he and other country artists like The Band Perry and Sheryl Crow have been influenced by the successful, decades-long group.

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    No. 21: Hank Williams Jr.
    Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Joe Nichols and more explain talk about Bocephus. Don't miss it.

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    No. 22: Tom Petty
    Ashley Monroe, Thompson Square, The Band Perry and more share their mutual respect of the iconic artist. See what they had to say.

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    No. 23: Dwight Yoakam
    Sara Evans, Ashley Monroe and the Eli Young Band share their love and admiration for the country superstar. See why.

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    No. 24: James Taylor
    Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Craig Morgan and Pam Tillis praise the prolific singer-songwriter. See why.

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    No. 25: Alabama
    Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line share their adoration of the award-winning Country Music Hall of Famers. Take a look.

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    No. 26: Stevie Wonder
    Chris Young, Holly Willams, Ronnie Milsap and Hunter Hayes praise the award-winning singer-songwriter. Take a look.

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    No. 27: Eagles
    The legendary rock group who brought fans hits like "Desperado," "Hotel California" and so many other timeless classics is praised by their famous peers. Hear form artists like Travis Tritt, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn and more.

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    No. 28: Bob Wills
    George Strait attributes the late singer-songwriter with creating western swing music. See what Strait, Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, Ronnie Dunn and more have to say about the talented artist.

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    No. 29: Brooks & Dunn
    Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Ashley Monroe and many others sing the praises of one of country music's most successful duos of all time. See why.

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    No. 30: Conway Twitty
    From "Hello Darlin'" to "Slow Hand" to so many other timeless classics, see why artists like Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Charlie Daniels, Joe Nichols and others are celebrating this Country Music Hall of Fame member.

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    No. 31: Miranda Lambert
    Chris Young, Danielle Bradbery, Ashley Monroe and more are among the country artists who sing her praises. See for yourself.

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    No. 32: Led Zeppelin
    From Holly Williams and Lisa Marie Presley to Darius Rucker and others, enjoy as artists praise the musical talents of the influential Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

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    No. 33: Emmylou Harris
    Bobby Bare, Sheryl Crow, Ashley Monroe, the Oak Ridge Boys and many other stars share their love of the country music icon. Take a look.

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    No. 34: Flatt & Scruggs
    Watch as Pam Tillis, Dierks Bentley, Rhonda Vincent and Dwight Yoakam celebrate these musical pioneers.

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    No. 35: U2
    Hear from admirers like Dierks Bentley, John Carter Cash, Darius Rucker and more as they celebrate the globe-trotting rockers.

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    No. 36: Kenny Rogers
    His silky-smooth voice and debonair style made him a crossover solo hit with songs like "Lucille," "Coward of the County" and "The Gambler." Hear from some of his admirers like Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Billy Currington and more.

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    No. 37: Charley Pride
    Watch as admirers like Darius Rucker and Ronnie Milsap honor the man behind "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" and 38 other No. 1 hits.

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    No. 38: Tim McGraw
    Country artists admire the superstar's keen ability to pick and write quality songs that will endure a lifetime. Watch Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert and more sing the praises of his talent and character.

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    No. 39: Buck Owens
    From Ronnie Dunn to Dwight Yoakam, hear from fellow artists who marvel at the Country Music Hall of Famer for his Bakersfield sound and undeniable talent.

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    No. 40: Aerosmith
    Chris Young, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and The Band Perry are among the admirers of the Boston-bred band of rock stars. See why.

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    No. 40: Alan Jackson
    Luke Bryan says, "He spoke the language of country music to me." Enjoy the insightful interviews including other artists like Dustin Lynch, Deana Carter, The Band Perry and Sara Evans.

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    No. 40: Carrie Underwood
    Fellow American Idol alum Lauren Alaina believes Underwood "will go down in history as a true icon." Check out what other artists like Danielle Bradbery, Dustin Lynch and Scotty McCreery have to share.

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