Country music has not been country music for the past 40 years or so. To really appreciate it, you have to go back and listen to the pioneers, the ones who put it on the map. When you do that, you see that none of the current bunch of singers are really "country". IMO, the best era for country music was from the late 40's through the 70's.
I think Hank Williams is the king of country music, because he lived it, wrote, and sang it. He is really in a class to himself, when you stop and think about it. Had he not died so young, there is no doubt that his contribution to country music who leave no doubt as to was number one.
As far as the girls go, it will always be Patsy Cline............then everyone else. She is in a class of her own, and it's not even close.
In the duo department, the Louvin Brothers were my favorites.
It’s amazing how little people know about country music. Only one musician, a Hall of Famer, stayed on the charts for 21 weeks at number 1. No one in any form of music, including The Beatles, accomplished that.
Undoubtedly deserving a top ten spot over many so far named, Hank Snow…