To determine the 50 most popular country music stars, 24/7 Tempo reviewed artists’ performances on the Billboard Hot Country Songs from 1958 to the week of Aug. 1, 2020. We also looked at how many weeks an artist’s album appeared at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart from January 1964 to the week of Aug. 1, 2020. We combined those elements with each artist’s Wikipedia page views to create an index value to gauge each artist’s popularity. The period used for measuring Wikipedia page views was from July 28, 2019 to July 28, 2020.
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 Top Country Albums chart, each artist involved in the album got full credit.