Country music came into its own during the 1950s and '60s, in parallel with the rise of rock 'n' roll, soul and R&B. In fact, it's not a stretch to say all of these genres informed each other at various points, from Johnny Cash's outlaw sounds to Tammy Wynette's brutally honest tearjerkers.

As the decades have worn on, plenty of the music from that era has faded into the background -- but a number of the decade's big names are still known and loved today. Below, The Boot picks its Top 10 country artists of the 1960s, determined by their success and lasting legacy.