100 Most Popular Country Music Stars

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50. Dierks Bentley
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 685
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 429,924
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 7

After he moved from his native Arizona to Nashville to pursue his love of music, Dierks Bentley scored a record contract and released his first album in 2003. More albums followed, leading up to “Riser” in 2014, which yielded three top-10 hits, and the 2016 “Black,” which topped the country charts along with its first single, “Somewhere on a Beach.”

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49. Faith Hill
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 564
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 691,595
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 12

Glamorous country superstar Faith Hill has had success both on the country charts and as a crossover artist hitting the pop charts. She has won five Grammys, among many other awards, and was named the No. 1 Adult Contemporary Artist of the 2000s by Billboard. Hill is married to fellow star Tim McGraw (see No. 6).

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48. John Michael Montgomery
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 502
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 145,021
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 19

Known initially for his romantic ballads, John Michael Montgomery first performed in his family’s band at age 5, playing the Kentucky honky tonk circuit after high school. Discovered by an Atlantic Records talent scout, he released his debut album in 1992 and went on to have seven No. 1 hits on the Billboard country charts.

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47. Martina McBride
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 738
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 425,456
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 9

After getting her start opening for Garth Brooks on tour, Martina McBride released her first album in 1992, followed by her second a year later, which marked her first commercial success. A 14-time Grammy nominee, McBride has been called “the Celine Dion of country music” for her vocal range.

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46. Lynn Anderson
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 514
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 138,441
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 22

The first female country singer to headline (and sell out) Madison Square Garden and the first to win the American Music Award, Lynn Anderson won worldwide fame for her 1970 recording of Grammy-winning songwriter Joe South’s “Rose Garden.” It not only reached No. 1 on the country charts but also rose to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 — and remains among the biggest crossover hits of all time.

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45. Miranda Lambert
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 525
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 1,391,483
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 14

Miranda Lambert, the singer-songwriter who’s won two Grammys, has scored five No. 1 hits on Hot Country Songs chart, including “Somethin’ Bad,” “Heart Like Mine,” and “Over You.” The Texas native, whose father played guitar and wrote songs, has enjoyed even more success with her albums, notching six No. 1 country LPs, including “Kerosene” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

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44. Charlie Rich
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 328
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 186,789
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 32

The silver-maned son of Arkansas cotton farmers is remembered for two hits from 1973 — “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl,” the latter of which was his lone No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rich has had nine No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, all of them in the 1970s, and he had five albums that topped the Top Country Albums chart.

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43. Ronnie Milsap
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 705
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 365,391
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 17

Ronnie Milsap, a singer and piano player who has been blind since birth, has had an astounding country music career. Born in a poor rural area in North Carolina, the six-time Grammy Award winner has amassed 35 No. 1 singles from 1974 to 1989. Two of his four No. 1 albums on the Top Country Albums list are greatest hits collections.

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42. Ray Price
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 799
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 6,212
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 18

The richly baritoned two-time Grammy winner changed the cadence in country music in the 1950s. The Texan experimented with a more relentlessly rhythmic sound that is still called the “Ray Price beat” in country circles. Price scored six No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including “The Same Old Me” in 1959 and “City Lights” in 1958. He also enjoyed crossover triumphs with “For The Good Times” in 1971.

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41. Loretta Lynn
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 692
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 1,918,461
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 12

Few country singers, male or female, have had as storied a career as Loretta Lynn, whose songs brim authenticity. The motion picture “‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,” with Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, is about her life. The three-time Grammy Award winner from Kentucky, Lynn is most famous for the songs “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Woman of the World,” “Love Is the Foundation,” and “Don’t Come Home A ‘Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” Lynn has notched 16 No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs list and produced 51 top 10 hits. Ten of her albums reached the zenith of the Top Country Album chart.