87% of People Can't Name These Greatest Country Bands of All Time From an Image. Can You?

By: Robin Tyler
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Put on your Stetson, get out your cowboy boots, practice your line dancing moves and get ready for the greatest country quiz of all time! 

Country music has been ever-present in American music with music historians claiming it started in the 1920s. By the 1940s, many bands had become popular, including family bands and others, particularly those playing bluegrass-based country music. 

And in the 1950s, the genre exploded in popularity thanks to the likes of people such as Johnny Cash, the man in black. Although solo country performers were incredibly popular, so were groups, duos, trios and other forms of bands, including artists and their backing bands.

As country music exploded, so did the culture it enshrined and although cowboy boots and Stetsons were regularly seen on the streets of Nashville or in Texas, they soon began to make an appearance all over the United States.

So now the question is, would you be able to identify some of the greatest country bands of all time, those that have left an indelible mark on the genre?

Some go way back, while others are part of the phenomenon of modern country which has made waves once again.

Good luck! If you get it all right, we tip our hats to you!

One of the most popular female bands in country music history, the Dixie Chicks started out in 1989. It was in the late '90s, however, that they shot to superstardom thanks to singles such as 'Wide Open Spaces' and 'There's Your Trouble.' Publicly denouncing George W. Bush, however, saw their popularity drop, although they continue to tour.

Country supergroups don't get any more impressive than the Highwaymen. Comprising of Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, ​and Waylon Jennings, they recorded between 1985 and 1995. The Highwaymen produced three albums during this time and even appeared in a movie, 1986's "Stagecoach."

The Carter family played country, folk and American music for four decades between 1927 and 1954 and are considered to be one of the first mainstream country music stars. One of the original members, Maybelline, developed a guitar playing style called the 'Carter scratch' which is widely copied in country music to this day. They were the first group entered into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Flat and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys helped popularize bluegrass music. Their music first became popular in the early 1950s and increased in popularity after they played the Grand Ole Opry.

Comprising of Naomi Judd and her daughter, Wynona, the Judds were one of the most popular duos in country music. Their career initially lasted from 1983 to 1991, a period in which they released six albums. The duo has returned on and off in the years that followed, especially reunion tours. The Judds won five Grammys during their career.

Lonestar formed in 1992 and quickly became hot property on the country music scene. During their career, they have had nine No. 1 hits, including 'Amazed,' which was a crossover hit, that also topped the Billboard charts.

Formed in 1969, Alabama was founded by Randy Owen along with Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook. They were originally known as Wildcountry, only changing their name to Alabama in 1977. During the 1980s, Alabama was hugely popular, scoring 27 No. 1 singles on the country charts. They continue to play to this day.

This quartet comprises of Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban. Best known for their hit, 'Elvira,' the Oak Ridge Boys have been performing since 1973.

Formed in Nashville in 2006, Lady Antebellum not only became a popular country group but worldwide as well with their breakout hit, 'Need You Now,' which stayed at No. 1 on the country charts for six weeks. Their first three albums received platinum status.

Starting out in 1990, Brooks and Dunn were ever-present on the country scene for 20 years until 2010. A break of five years followed before the pair began performing again in 2015. During that time, they released ten studio albums and had 20 No. 1 hits on the country charts.

Formed in Colombus, Ohio, in 1999, Rascal Flatts is one of country music's most popular bands in the 2000s. The band has achieved 14 No. 1 singles over the years. It consists of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney.

Led by Zac Brown, the Zac Brown Band has released six studio albums, a greatest hits collection, as well as live albums since they started out in the country scene in 2002. Brown's band has collaborated with many other artists across genres, including Dave Grohl.

Formed in 1970, Asleep at the Wheel is one of the most well-known groups in country music. They have had massive success over the course of their career, landing nine Grammy's and releasing 20 albums.

Led by Larry Gatlin, the Gatlin Brothers have had more than 30 Top 40 country hits during their career. Although Gatlin made his name as a solo artist, in 1979 he added his brothers to his ensemble. The Gatlin Brothers were one of the earliest artists from the country genre to produce music videos for their singles.

Although more associated with acoustic/folk rock, the music of the Eagles does certainly fall under the country music banner as well. Probably best known for their hit, 'Hotel California,' the Eagles continue to record today with Don Henley as the only original member.

Formed in 1981, Sawyer Brown consisted of members of Don King's band who got together after King had retired from touring. After lots of hard work, they signed their first record deal in 1984 and had their first No. 1 hit soon after. They continue to tour and record.

Comprising of Big Kenny and John Rich, this country duo formed in 1998 and has been ever-present since, although the pair had a three-year hiatus from 2008 to 2011. Rich used to play bass in Lonestar before forming the duo. They have had one No. 1 single, 2007's 'Lost in this Moment.'

Formed in 1968, Poco came about after the demise of the band, Buffalo Springfield. They remain active to this day but have had numerous lineup changes over the years, although the original founding member, Rusty Young, has remained ever-present.

Bill Munroe's musical career spanned an incredible 69 years, much of it spent playing with his band, the Blue Grass Boys. He is considered the father of bluegrass music.

Formed by Ira and Charlie Louvin in 1940, the Louvin Brothers were one of the first groups to use harmony in country music. They performed for more than two decades, scoring numerous hit records and performing at the Grand Ole Opry.

This country rock band originated in Long Beach, California, of all places. They have been recording with various lineup changes since 1966 and their genres are not only restricted to country but include folk, folk rock, ​and bluegrass. Two members have been ever-present since their inception, Jeff Hanna and Jimmy Fadden.

Formed in Georgia in 1987, Confederate Railroad is a country rock band that first served as a backing band for amongst others, David Allan Coe. They released their debut album in 1992 and continue to record today.

The Flying Burrito Brothers are perhaps best known due to the fact that members Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman were members of the Byrds. They formed in 1969 and have recorded on and off over the decades although none of the original members are currently part of the band.

Also known as the Statlers, this country band began their careers in 1955, albeit under a different name. From 1964 onward and now known as the Statler Brothers, they performed as backup singers for Johnny Cash. There are only two brothers in the group and their surname isn't Statler!

This country music group was formed in 1996 by Heidi Newfield, Keith Burns, and Ira Dean. They recorded albums until 2008 when they disbanded only to reform in 2013. Their biggest hit, 'On a Night Like This,' reached No. 4 on the country charts in 2001.

A relatively new country band, American Young, consisting of Jon Bomshell and Kristy Osmunsun, first formed in 2013. Up to this point, they have only released their debut album, American Young, which hit No. 39 on the country album charts.

Formed by Radner Foster and Billy Lloyd in 1986, Foster and Lloyd performed until 1990 when both embarked on solo careers. They reformed in 2010 to record a fourth studio album.

Formed in Nashville in 1986, Lamb​chop (formerly known as Posterchild) consists of a host of contributing musicians, thus the lineup is never the same. One ever-present, however, is Kurt Wagner. They are considered as one of the pioneering artists of alternative country.

Founded by Kristen Hall in 2002, Sugarland consists of Hall, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles. Their first album, 'Twice the Speed of Sound,' went multi-platinum fired on by the single 'Baby Girl.' Hall left the group soon after but Bush and Nettles carried on under the Sugarland name, winning a Grammy in 2009.

Formed in 1986, Highway 101 was founded in Los Angeles. Since their debut single, "The Bed You Made for Me," reached No. 4 on the country charts, the band has​ continued to have much success in the genre despite numerous lineup changes.

Siblings Kimberley, Reid and Neil Perry formed The Band Perry in 2005. They released their debut album in 2010 and the single, 'If I Die Young,' not only reached No. 1 but saw six times platinum sales! They have released two additional albums to date.

Formed in 2010 and signed to the Big Machine label, Florida Georgia Line consist of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. From the outset, they found instant success with their debut single, 2012's 'Cruise,' being downloaded more than 7 million times. It spent 24 weeks at No. 1.

Active for four decades from the 1930s to the 1970s, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys were a proponent of the western swing genre. Incredibly, one of Wills' biggest hits, San Antonio Rose, sold more than 1 million copies in the 1940s. Wills recorded for the last time in 1973.

This country music duo formed in 1999 and comprises of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry. They have released six albums and had five No. 1 singles on the country charts over the years.

Recording between 2008 and 2016, Gloriana consisted of four talented vocalists; brothers Tom and Mike Gossin, Cheyenne Kimball and Rachel Reinert. They released three albums over an eight-year period at which point Reinert left the group, prompting it to disband.

Led by the legendary Charlie Daniels and best known for the country classic, 'The Devil went down to Georgia,' the Charlie Daniels Band first formed in 1970 to back him. The band continues to tour.

A bluegrass duo consisting of Carter and Ralph Stanley, the Stanley Brothers were active in the bluegrass and country music scene from 1946 until 1966. Carter died in 1966 and Ralph continued performing under the name, along with his backing band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, until his death in 2016.

This Canadian country music band formed in 1995 and continues to record today. Their early years were spent under the name 12 Gauge before changing it to Emerson Drive in 1999. A move to Nashville brought a number of country hits, including the single, 'Moments,' in 2005.

Founded in Nashville in 1988, Little Texas took some time to secure a record deal, eventually signing to Warner and releasing a debut album in 1991. They secured their first No. 1 with 'My Love' and had other top 10 hits during the '90s before disbanding in 1997. The group got back together in 2004 and continues to record.

Formed in 1968, the Bellamy Brothers consist of David and Homer Bellamy. They have released more than 50 albums during their career and are best known for their crossover hit, 'Let Your Love Flow,' a Billboard No. 1 in 1976.

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