To determine the 100 most popular country music stars, 24/7 Tempo reviewed artist performance on the Billboard Hot Country Songs from 1958 to the week of Oct. 21, 2019. We also looked at how many weeks an artist had one of their albums go to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart. We combined those elements with each artist’s Wikipedia page views to create an index value to gauge each artist’s popularity. The period of time used for measuring Wikipedia page views was from Oct. 25, 2018 to Oct. 25, 2019.
Songs for which the artist in question was not the primary performer were not included in our ranking. For example, if a singer had a featured verse on another performer’s song, that song’s performance on the Hot Country Songs chart was not considered in our ranking. For album collaborations that reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Albums chart, each artist involved in the album got full credit.