The 50 Most Popular Country Music Stars

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30. Loretta Lynn
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 692
> Loretta Lynn Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 2,106,119
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: You Ain’t Woman Enough (2 weeks)

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 51 Top 10 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart, including 16 No. 1 songs. Ten of her albums reached the zenith of the Top Country Album chart.

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29. Rascal Flatts
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 866
> Rascal Flatts Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 422,701
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 15
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Me and My Gang (15 weeks)

Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney got together to form Rascal Flatts in 1999, releasing their self-titled debut album — which yielded four hit singles — the following year. In 2006, their fourth studio LP, “Me and My Gang,” had the largest first-week sales of any album in any category, and they were the top-selling group in any musical genre for the entire year.

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28. Glen Campbell
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 582
> Glen Campbell Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,048,551
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 20
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Wichita Lineman (20 weeks)

Glen Campbell had a slew of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including the often-covered “Rhinestone Cowboy,” one of his five No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart. The Arkansas native won six Grammy Awards. The beloved singer-songwriter fought a public battle with Alzheimer’s disease before succumbing to the affliction at age 81 in 2017.

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27. The Chicks
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 359
> The Chicks Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,161,534
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 36
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Fly (36 weeks)

Formed as a bluegrass-oriented band in 1989 by sisters Martie and Emily Erwin and Natalie Maines (daughter of revered pedal steel player and record producer Lloyd Maines), the Chicks — who changed their name from the Dixie Chicks in 2020 — pivoted to more commercial country music in 1998 with their first hits, “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces.” Their career nearly tanked after in a London concert in 2003 Maines spoke out on stage against the Iraq war and President George W. Bush, sparking a widespread country-music-industry boycott. But their 2006 comeback album, “Taking the Long Way,” and its lead single “Not Ready to Make Nice,” won a total of four Grammys, and the criticism died down. Earlier this year, the group

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26. Luke Bryan
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 806
> Luke Bryan Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,044,512
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 13
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Crash My Party (13 weeks)

Georgia native Luke Bryan is a certified hitmaker, posting 11 No.1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart. One single, “That’s My Kind Of Night,” spent 12 weeks on top of the Hot Country Songs chart. The “American Idol” judge has also recorded eight No. 1 albums on the Top Country Albums.

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25. George Jones
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 1221
> George Jones Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 753,645
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: I’m a People (2 weeks)

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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24. Carrie Underwood
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 656
> Carrie Underwood Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,362,453
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 27
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Some Hearts (27 weeks)

Carrie Underwood used her exposure on “American Idol” to launch her singing career, and it took off. The Oklahoma native’s debut album, “Some Hearts,” soared to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2005, and Underwood has had four No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. Underwood has gone on to win seven Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Country Performance for “Jesus Take The Wheel” in 2006.

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23. Keith Urban
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 925
> Keith Urban Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,696,954
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 5
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Ripcord (5 weeks)

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 lead spot for 12 weeks.

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22. Luke Combs
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 404
> Luke Combs Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,426,599
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 50
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: This One’s for You (50 weeks)

Named Best New Artist last year by the Country Music Association, Luke Combs is known for his R&B-tinged modern country sound. His first full-length album, “This One’s for You,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart, and his hit 2018 ballad “Beautiful Crazy” won him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist the following year.

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21. Toby Keith
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 1083
> Toby Keith Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 485,035
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 13
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Shock’n Y’all (13 weeks)

Toby Keith was a semi-pro football player before turning to music, releasing his self-titled debut album in 1993, featuring “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” which hit the top spot on the country charts. A series of honky-tonk-flavored albums and singles followed (including duets with Willie Nelson and Sting), but what made the singer a household name was his controversial 2002 recording “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American”), which garnered an avalanche of publicity when ABC-TV wouldn’t let him perform it on a Fourth of July special.