100 Most Popular Country Music Stars

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100. Earl Thomas Conley
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 380
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 331,313
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 1

Known for his “thinking man’s country” songs, Ohio-born Earl Thomas Conley had a string of hits from the late 1970s through the early ’90s. His 1982 release, “Heavenly Bodies,” kicked off a seven-year stretch of successes that included 25 top 10 couintry hits.

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99. Roger Miller
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 360
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 346,884
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 2

Though Roger Miller had solid honky tonk roots and released a number of straight country songs, he remains best known for his quirky originals like “England Swings,” “Chug-a-Lug,” and “King of the Road.” In the mid-1980s, he wrote the music for a Broadway adaptation of Mark Twain’s works, “Big River” and won a Tony Award for his efforts.

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98. Dottie West
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 381
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 186,543
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 2

Dottie West, a Tennessee-born star, became the first female country singer to win a Grammy Award — for her 1964 single “Here Comes My Baby.” West recorded duets with the likes of Jimmy Dean and Kenny Rogers (see No. 7), scandalized the country establishment by becoming a sex symbol in skin-tight attire, and died tragically in a car accident in 1991.

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97. Justin Moore
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 379
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 134,512
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 3

According to Allmusic.com, Justin Moore “aimed for the sweet spot dividing straight-ahead mainstream country and bro-country swagger.” His country-chart hits in the past few years have included “You Look Like I Need a Drink” and “The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home.”

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96. Dan + Shay
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 325
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 719,237
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 2

The duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney met in Nashville and started collaborating almost immediately, releasing their debut single in 2013. They have since released three albums . Earlier this year, they also collaborated with pop star Justin Bieber on a song called “10,000 Hours,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard country chart.

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95. Gretchen Wilson
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 207
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 243,352
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 11

Gretchen Wilson’s sassy anthem “Redneck Woman” reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard country chart in 2004 faster than any other single in the previous decade. She was considered a force in turning country music away from its pop tendencies, back toward its roots, though she subsequently recorded an album of ’70s pop songs.

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94. Josh Turner
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 388
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 255,867
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 3

Turner never became a huge star, but he earned respect and had success for his early traditionalist efforts, including his first hit, a 2003 tribute to Hank Williams called “Long Black Train.” He has had other hits since then, including several country chart-toppers. Most recently, he delivered a gospel album, “I Serve A Savior.”

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93. Chris Young
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 442
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 5,918
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 2

After winning the reality competition show “Nashville Star” in 2006, Chris Young also won a recording contract, eventually charting with “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song).” He then had a string of No. 1 country hits, including “Voices” and “The Man I Want To Be.”

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92. Lee Brice
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 437
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 212,215
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 1

Singer-songwriter Lee Brice is known for emotional ballads like “I Don’t Dance” and the 2013 Country Music Association Song of the Year, “I Drive Your Truck.” His considerable success as a songwriter also includes writing hits for Garth Brooks (see No. 1), Jason Aldean (see No. 32), and Tim McGraw (see No. 6).

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91. Wynonna Judd
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 311
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 5,269
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 9

Wynonna Judd bills herself simply as Wynonna on all her solo singles and albums. She came into country stardom as one half of The Judds, joining with her mother, Naomi, in what became the biggest-selling duo in country music history throughout the 1980s, until being overtaken by Brooks & Dunn (see No. 39). Naomi retired in 1991, and since then, Wynonna has had one hit after another, recording straight country, roots rock, and pop covers.