100 Most Popular Country Music Stars

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40. Brad Paisley
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 812
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 769,178
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 16

Brad Paisley scored his first No. 1 country hit in 1999 with “He Didn’t Have to Be.” He became the youngest musician ever inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2001, at the age of 28. His 2003 album “Mud on the Tires” yielded four top-10 singles (one of them reaching No. 1), and he has had numerous hits and won a number of awards since then.

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39. Brooks & Dunn
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 913
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 426,304
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 14

Singer-songwriters Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn both had solo careers before linking up as a duo in 1990. Their 1992 single “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” is credited with helping to launch the line dancing craze, and their 2001 song “Only in America” was featured in the presidential campaigns of both Barack Obama and George W. Bush. Twenty of their singles in all have reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country chart.

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38. Conway Twitty
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 965
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 556,419
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 11

Born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, Conway Twitty was a rock and rockabilly star in the 1950s, transitioning to the country realm in the mid-1960s and charting hits of his own and a total of 14 Top Ten country hits in duet with Loretta Lynn (see No. 41). He later had success with country versions of such pop songs as the Eagles’ “Heartache Tonight” and the Pointer Sisters’ “Slow Hand,” before dying suddenly of an aneurysm in 1993.

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37. Chris Stapleton
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 278
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 1,359,659
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 41

The one-time leader of the contemporary bluegrass band The SteelDrivers and a songwriter whose work was recorded by George Strait, Brad Paisley, and many more (even pop singer Adele), Chris Stapleton emerged as a star in his own right in 2015 with his debut album, “Traveller.” This won him Country Music Association awards for Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Best Male Vocalist, as well as Grammys for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance — and many more honors have followed.

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36. Jim Reeves
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 744
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 301,405
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 25

Honey-voiced country-pop balladeer Jim Reeves is famous for such hits as “He’ll Have to Go.” Reeves was one of the biggest country stars of the 1950s and ’60s. His songs continued to chart even after his untimely death in a plane crash, at the age of 40, in 1964.

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35. Billy Ray Cyrus
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 219
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 2,464,478
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 39

Until this year, Billy Ray Cyrus was mostly known as the father of combustible pop star Miley Cyrus and as the singer of the hit “Achy Breaky Heart” from 1992. Then he collaborated with rapper Lil Nas X, creating an unlikely pairing that produced “Old Town Road,” which made history by staying atop Billboard’s Hot 100 for 19 weeks, the longest stretch in the chart’s 60-year history.

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34. George Jones
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 1,221
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 683,308
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 3

Texas-born George Jones has put more songs on the Billboard country singles chart than any other artist, placing 143 in the top 40, with 13 going to No. 1. Many of his songs are about heartbreak, and Jones had a lot of that in his life, with multiple divorces and a drinking problem. His best-known song is “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Jones’s first No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs list was “White Lightning” in 1959, penned by J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.

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33. Keith Urban
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 893
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 1,838,171
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 12

From New Zealand comes Keith Urban, who acquired his love for American country music from his parents. After proving himself in Australia in the late 1980s, he came to Nashville seeking stardom. But success wasn’t immediate and he succumbed to substance abuse, a demon he continues to fight. He persevered and has had 16 No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart. One of them, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” held the top spot for 12 weeks.

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32. Jason Aldean
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 762
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 654,222
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 26

The Georgia native struck gold with his third album, “Wide Open,” in 2009, which made him a star. It produced three No. 1 songs on Billboard country chart: “She’s Country,” “The Truth,” and “Big Green Tractor.” The next album, “My Kinda Party,” was an even bigger hit with top-selling singles “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and “Fly Over States.”

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31. Blake Shelton
> No. of weeks on Hot Country chart (all time): 828
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 2,390,342
> Weeks with an album at No. 1: 15

Most people know Blake Shelton as one of the coaches on the television show “The Voice.” But the Oklahoma native has carved out a remarkable career in his own right. Shelton has produced 14 No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including “God’s Country,” which held the top spot for seven weeks. Thirty-one of his songs reached the top 10. Six of his albums reached the pinnacle of the Top Country Albums list.