Country music might not be for everyone (the same can be said about all other genres), but it's one of the most easy-listening, relaxing genres with deep and diverse roots dating back to the 1920s in the Southern United States. While a lot of people might associate it now with the more popular acts like Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift, it is actually a derivative of folk and blues music that's often accompanied by popular string instruments such as banjos and acoustic guitars as well as harmonicas and fiddles. The genre can be painted with a broad brush but, when going through its history, it's much more diverse than what one might think. For starters, one of the most accomplished and revered musicians of all-time, Johnny Cash, is considered a country artist. His tunes shared the same sentiment as some of the more popular artists of today, but had his signature feel and authenticity to them.
Although country music today might not be a fixture on the top 40 charts, it's still one of the most popular genres; in 2009, it was the most listened to genre during rush hour in the United States, which speaks to its easy-listening quality that makes it a perfect de-stressing genre. And, despite the popular criticism that all country music is the same, there has been a variety of sub-genres over the years that have included country rock, country pop, neocountry, truck-driving country, and even country rap. A real country fan, however, could identify at least half of these 40 star musicians and groups.
1Who is this country musician?
A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, this 50 year old country singer is a four-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year who rose to prominence in the early 1990s with a traditional country style, but soon after gained another level of success and fame with a crossover to country pop. Across both sub-genres, he has produced 20 albums and 14 of those have been reached at least certified Gold status. Moreover, he has recorded 29 No. 1 songs on the Country Airplay and US Billboard Country Songs charts. His most recent album, Songs for the Saints, was released in July 2018.
2Who is this country musician?
Born as Audrey Perry, this 51 year old native of Ridgeland, Mississippi is an accomplished singer and producer who has won five Grammy Awards and 15 Academy of Country Music Awards. She has been named the top adult contemporary star of the 2000 decade by Billboard and one of the 30 Most Powerful Women in the U.S by Ladies Home Journal. Her most well-known songs include Mississippi Girl, Like We Never Loved at All, Breathe, and The Way You Love Me. She's going to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019.
3Who is this country musician?
Who's Bed Have Your Boots Been Under, You're Still the One, and Man! I Feel Like a Woman! are among this artist's most well-known songs, two of which are from her album Come On Over which, in 1997, became the best-selling studio album of all-time by a woman with almost 40 million copies sold worldwide. She is a five-time Grammy Award winner who was born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada and whose real name is Eilleen Edwards. After a 15-year hiatus, she released her fifth studio album, Now, in 2017.
4Who is this country musician?
This 42 year old native of Ada, Oklahoma has been a judge on The Voice since the show's inception and has also been one of the more successful judges; a member of his team has won the competition in six of 14 seasons. His prior commercial success earned him this role as he has 24 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and is an eight-time Grammy Award nominee. He has released 11 studio albums and is best known for his songs Ol' Red, The Baby, The More I Drink, Honey Bee, and God Gave Me You.
5Who is this country musician?
This 34 year old artist broke into the country music scene in 2005 with the certified Platinum release of her debut album Kerosene, which included top-40 Billboard Country Songs singles New Strings, Bring Me Down, and Kerosene. In 2008, she scored her first top-10 song with Gunpowder & Lead, which was the most successful single on her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend album. The two-time recipient of the Country Music Association Album of the Year award has also won the Academy of Country Music Awards' Female Vocalist of the Year a record nine consecutive years.
6Who is this country musician?
This 85 year old native of Abott, Texas is still going strong and has released 68 studio albums since his debut release, ...And Then I Wrote, in 1962. In fact, he has even released a pair of albums (Last Man Standing and My Way) in 2018. He's a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and has also had success as an author, activist, poet, and actor; among other films, he has appeared in Half Baked, Red Headed Stranger, and Wag the Dog. He has also voiced himself in King of the Hill and The Simpsons.
7Who is this country musician?
Perhaps best known for his song and album The Gambler (which is regarded as one of the most influential country albums of all-time), this Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has produced more than 120 charted singles across a variety of genres and has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, which makes him one of the best-selling artists of all-time. He earned the Country Music Association Awards' Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and is a three-time Grammy Award winner. He has also appeared in films such as Wild Horses and Six Pack.
8Who is this country musician?
A seven-time Academy of Country Music Award and five-time Grammy Award winner, this 40 year old native of Kentucky was the lead singer of a pair of bluegrass bands before working as a solo artist in 2015. The critically acclaimed Traveller album was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy Award and won the Best Country Album. It also reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 following a duet performance between the artist and Justin Timberlake at the 2015 Country Music Association Awards.
9Who is this country musician?
A 63 year old native of McAlester, Oklahoma, this award-winning country music artist was the star of her own television series named after her first name. The show aired from 2001 to 2007 and her performance earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy. As an artist, she has released 28 albums since her self-titled debut release in 1977. One of the best-selling musicians of all-time, she has sold more than 95 million albums worldwide.
10Who is this country musician?
Hockey fans might know this country music superstar best as the wife of former Nashville Predators player Mike Fisher, but to most she's known as one of the most popular and successful country artists of all-time. She is one of the most successful Idol winners and quickly established herself as such with her debut album Some Hearts, which included the crossover hits Jesus, Take the Wheel and Before He Cheats, and became the best-selling country album of the previous 15 years. The seven-time Grammy Award winner released her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, in September 2018.
11Who is this country musician?
Country Girl, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Drunk on You, That's My Kind of Night, and Crash My Party are among this 42 year old artist's most popular singles. He has released nine albums since dropping his debut project, I'll Stay Me, in 2007 and earned the Country Music Association Awards Entertainer of the Year award in 2013. Before making it big as a solo artist, he wrote songs for Billy Currington and Travis Tritt. He has now sold more than seven million albums worldwide.
12Who is this country musician?
This renowned country musician unfortunately passed away in 2016 at 79 years old, but before that he had built an impressive catalog with 38 No. 1 songs on the U.S. country charts and dozens of studio albums, including Working in Tennessee, which was released in 2011, when he was 74 years old; in fact, he released 11 albums alone since 2000. The four-time Grammy Award winner has also won 19 Academy of Country Music awards and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
13Who is this country musician?
A 36 year old native of Jackson, Mississippi, this artist experienced the height of her popularity during the late 1990s, when he crossover hit How Do I Live helped her earn Best New Artist at the 1997 Grammy Awards; years later, the song was listed as the most successful of the decade by Billboard magazine. Concurrently, Billboard also listed the artist in question as the 17th-best of the decade. Her latest album, Remnants, was released in 2016. In addition to music, she starred for one season in a VH1 reality series and appeared in the film Good Intentions.
14Who is this country musician?
This 51 year old artist has released 15 studio albums, 10 of which have reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, since 1993. He's a three-time Grammy Award and 14-time Academy of Country Music Award winner and is married to a female country artist who is just as, if not more, popular and acclaimed than he is; together, their Soul2Soul II Tour in 2006 was one of the highest grossing of all-time. He is also a part-time actor who has appeared in The Kingdom, The Blind Side, and Country Strong.
15Who is this country musician?
Arguably one of the most popular musicians of any genre, this Arkansas native passed away in 2003, but not before he established himself as a legend in the industry and one of the best-selling artists of all-time with a combined 90 million album sales worldwide. He is perhaps best known for songs like A Boy Named Sue, Ring of Fire, Man in Black, and I Walk the Line, the latter of which was used as a title for a biographical film of his life starring Joaquin Phoenix.
16What is the name of this country group?
This four-person country group comprised of Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Philip Sweet is best known for its No. 1 singles like Pontoon, Better Man, and Girl Crush. It has released eight albums, including its self-titled debut in 2002, and has headlined four major tours including another they co-headlined with Miranda Lambert. The group has won nine Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one AMA. They have also won three CMT Music Awards.
17What is the name of this country group?
This country trio was formed in 2006 and is comprised of lead singers Hilary Scott and Charles Kelley as well as Dave Haywood, who provides background vocals and plays the guitar, piano, and mandolin. Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2008, they have released an additional six albums, including Need You Now, which includes a single by that same name that earned Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2011. The group's most recent album, Heart Break, included the Grammy-nominated single You Look Good.
18Who is this country musician?
This 57 year old acclaimed country musician broke into the mainstream in 1993 with the debut of his self-titled album, which included one of the most-played country songs of the decade, Should've Been A Cowboy. He has since released an additional 17 albums, including Pull My Chain, That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, and Hope on the Rocks. He's a four-time AMAs winner and seven-time Academy of Country Music Awards winner. He also wrote and starred in the film Beer for My Horses.
19Who is this country musician?
Although primarily regarded as a country music artist, like others in this quiz, this 72 year old native of Pittman Center, Tennessee has appeared in several films and even earned a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination for her performance in a 1982 film. She has also starred in Rhinestone, Steel Magnolias, and Joyful Noise. In regard to music, she is a nine-time Grammy Award winner who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. She has released more than 3,000 songs, including the critically-acclaimed I Will Always Love You and Jolene.
20Who is this country musician?
This 56 year old native of Tulsa, Oklahoma is the only artist in history to have released seven diamond-status albums - the Beatles, by comparison, held the previous record of six. Those albums include his self-titled debut, No Fences, The Hills, and Double Live, the latter of which was a double-disc album that went 21 times platinum and included live performances of some of his most popular songs such as The Thunder Rolls, Standing Outside the Fire, We Shall Be Free, and The River.
21Who is this country musician?
A 41 year old native of Granite Falls, North Carolina, this country rock artist released his debut album, Sinners Like Me, in 2006. It included three Billboard-charting songs: How 'Bout You, Guys Like Me, and Two Pink Lines. He has followed that up with the albums Carolina, Chief, The Outsiders, Mr. Misunderstood, and Desperate Man, which was due for a October 5, 2018 release. Influenced by the likes of Hank Williams Jr. and Merle Haggard as well as Metallica and Pantera, he describes his style as southern rock and country.
22Who is this country musician?
An accomplished modern country artist who has 32 Billboard Country Airplay top 10 singles, this 45 year old West Virginia native has sold more than 11 million albums and won a handful of awards, including 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, three Grammy Awards, and two AMAs. He's also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He has performed at The White House and wrote four songs for Pixar's Cars franchise. His most recent album, Love and War, was released in 2016.
23Who is this country musician?
This acclaimed, award-winning Texas country star passed away in 2013 at the age of 81, but not before producing more than a dozen No. 1 songs, including White Lightning (1959), Walk Through This World with Me (1967), and I Always Get Lucky with You. He also had three No. 1 singles - Golden Ring, Near You, and We're Gonna Hold On - with Tammy Wynette, who he was married to from 1969 to 1975. Moreover, he had a variety of other successful duets with the likes of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Dierks Bentley.
24What is the name of this country group?
Even the most ardent non-country fans can be caught signing this band's most well-known single, Chicken Fried, which speaks of cold beer on a Friday night and a pair of jeans that fit just right. The song was actually the group's debut single and was recorded five years prior to it being included on their debut studio album, The Foundation, in 2008. In addition to the lead singer, the band is comprised of Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Clay Cook, Chris Fryar, Daniel De Los Reyes, and Matt Mangano.
25What is the name of this country duo?
This duo formed in 1990 and have been together ever since, save for a five-year hiatus between 2010 and 2015. Influenced by mainstream country, rock, and honky-tonk styles, the duo is best known for its 1992 single Boot Scootin' Boogie, which revitalized the popularity of line dancing in the United States. They're also known for the songs My Maria and Hard Workin' Man, both of which won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group. They have released 11 studio albums.
26What is the name of this country music group?
Comprised of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney, this group was formed out of Columbus, Ohio in 1999 and has since released 11 albums which have produced a combined 14 No. 1 singles on the U.S. Country charts. The group's most well-known song is undeniably What Hurts the Most, which not only spent four weeks atop the country charts, but reached No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts for a nine weeks. They have won dozens of awards and earned the ACA Decade Artist Award for 2000-09.
27Who is this country musician?
Strait from the Heart, Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind, and The Road Less Traveled are only three of the 29 albums this well-known country musician has produced since 1981. Signed to MCA Records for the duration of his time as an artist, he has a record 61 No. 1 hits across all country charts and was the first musician in Billboard history to have at least one song in the Top 10 of any chart for 30 straight years. His most recent album, Cold Beer Conversation, was released in 2015.
28What is the name of this country music group?
Even non-country fans are aware of this trio's Not Ready to Make Nice song, which made international headlines for its stance. However, the group, comprised of Natalie Maines, Emily Erwin Robison, and Martie Erwin Maguire, is known for much more than just that one song. In 2015, they became the best-selling all-female group in the United States with a combined 27.5 albums sold in the United States alone. They have won 13 Grammy Awards, five of which they won for their Taking the Long Way album in 2007.
29Who is this country musician?
Before dedicating his solo work to country music, this singer-songwriter was the lead singer of the alternative rock group Default. He released his debut country album in 2012 and it was subsequently nominated for Album of the Year at the Juno Awards. The following year, he received nominations for Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year by the CCMA. His most recent album, Side Effects, peaked at No. 7 in his home country.
30Who is this country musician?
Another artist from The Great White North, this 48 year old was born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, but gained acclaim in the U.S. in 2004, when he was the runner up on the country music competition Nashville Star (he was the only artist from Canada to ever qualify for the competition in the show's five-year history). He followed up his success on the show with his debut album, which earned him the Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award at the 2004 CCMA Awards.
31Who is this country musician?
This 59 year old native of Newnan, Georgia has released 16 studio albums as well as three greatest hits albums, two gospel albums, two Christmas albums, and a handful of compilation albums since emerging onto the country scene in 1983. Nine of his albums are certified multi-platinum and, in addition to a pair of Grammy Awards, he has won 16 Country Music Association Awards and 17 Academy of Country Music Awards. In 2017, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame by Loretta Lynn.
32Who is this country musician?
A 52 year old native of Sharon, Kansas, this acclaimed country star is a four-time recipient of the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year award and has produced 13 studio albums since her debut album The Time Has Come in 1992. Her most popular songs include This One's for the Girls, In My Daughter's Eyes, For These Times, and I'm Gonna Love You Through It. Her most recent album, Reckless, was released in 2016 and she is releasing a Christmas album this year.
33Who is this country musician?
One of the most successful country music artists in his home country, this 43 year old native of BC, Canada is a two-time Juno and 16-time CCMA award winner. While he has had much more success in his home country, several of his songs have charted in the U.S, including his debut single, Brothers, which was a Top 40 song on the Billboard charts. Beyond his self-titled debut album in 2009, he has released five other albums, including Trail in Life, Crop Circles, and Beautiful Freakshow.
34Who is this country musician?
A 50 year old native of New Zealand, this accomplished country artist is married to Nicole Kidman and previously played in the band The Ranch before making his solo debut and breaking into the United States market in 1999 with songs like But for the Grace of God, Somebody Like You, and You'll Think of Me, the latter of which earned him his first of four Grammy Awards. One of his most recent singles, The Fighter, features Carrie Underwood and has been nominated for several awards.
35Who is this country musician?
This Kentucky native is still going strong at 86 years old. In fact, this past September, she released her 41st studio album, Wouldn't It Be Great, which is actually the third album of a five-album deal with Legacy Recordings. It was produced by her daughter and John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Since her debut album in 1963, she has sold more than 45 million albums worldwide, 11 of which reached No. 1. She has won more awards than any female country star and is the only woman to win the Academy of Country Music Artist of the Decade, which she won for the 1970s.
36Who is this country musician?
This 30 year old Texas native released three solo albums before participating on the fifth season of Nashville Star. Despite finishing seventh in the reality singing competition, she has gone on to become one of the most popular alumnus of the series, having won three Country Music Association Awards as well as the Grammy Award for Best Country Album in 2014 for Same Trailer Different Park. Her other albums include Pageant Material and Golden Hour. She also released a Christmas album in 2016.
37Who is this country musician?
A 61 year old native of Pikeville, Kentucky, this country music artist has released more than 30 Billboard Hot Country charting singles and sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. In addition to 15 original studio albums, he released a Christmas album, four cover albums, and seven compilation albums. He also has more musical guest appearances on The Tonight Show than any other artist and has appeared in films such as Logan Lucky, Panic Room, Crank: High Voltage, and Wedding Crashers.
38Who is this country musician?
A native of Littlefield, Texas, this now-deceased musician started performing as a member of The Texas Longhorns (the band, not the college football team) and was an instrumental artist in the inception and rise of the outlaw country genre in the 1970s. During that time, he released the well-received albums Lonesome, Honky Tonk Heroes, and On'ry and Mean. In 1976, along with Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser, he released Wanted! The Outlaws, which was the first platinum-status country album.
39Who is this country musician?
A 42 year old native of Phoenix, Arizona, this country and bluegrass artist is signed to Capitol Nashville and has released nine albums since his self-titled debut record in 2003. His most recent release, The Mountain, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Although he has yet to win a Grammy Award, he has been nominated an astonishing 13 times; his albums Riser, Up on the Ridge, and Long Trip Alone have garnered Best Country Album nominations.
40Who is this country musician?
This award-winning country artist has produced 19 No. 1 singles, including A Little More Summertime, Tonight Looks Good on You, Take a Little Ride, and Don't You Wanna Stay featuring Kelly Clarkson. His most successful album, My Kinda Party, was released in 2010 and went quadruple-platinum, while five of his other albums went certified platinum. His most recent album, Rearview Town, was released in April 2018 was was his fourth consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Its debut single, You Make it Easy, debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.