There used to be a bit of a stigma regarding country music since the stereotypical style of this music genre usually revolved around someone's dog running away or a marriage falling apart. Yet, country music has definitely evolved over the years and it's included a number of different styles that all seem to roll into one country music genre. Nowadays, some of the biggest artists in country music can be found on pop radio stations and some of the hit songs are hardly even considered stereotypical country music.
On top of country music really evolving to include far more different sounds, the stars in country music are often considered some of the entertainment industry's biggest names. A great example is how so many reality singing competition shows have included big names in the world of country music and it's helped them to become hugely successful television personalities. Yet, just because some of the songs and singers within the country music genre are seen as hugely successful, that doesn't mean that everyone is onboard with these different artists. Some people have specific tastes when it comes to how they want their country music to sound. Pick or pass these country singers and let us reveal everyone's ideal cowboy hubby!
Pick or pass on Blake Shelton?
According to Wikipedia, "The lead-off single from his self-titled debut album, "Austin" spent five weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The now Platinum-certified debut album also produced two more top 20 entries ("All Over Me" and "Ol' Red")." While other country artists have come and gone, this country singer has been able to evolve his sound and really resonate with the world as more than just a music artist. Many people love him just as much as a television personality than as a country singer.
Pick or pass on Tim McGraw?
There have been a number of country music artists that have tried to transition into the acting world but not all of them have been able to over the years. That isn't the case with Tim McGraw. While many people know him for his string of hit singles in the world of country music, others know him for the number of roles that he's had on the big screen. According to Wikipedia, "He has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time."
Pick or pass on Hunter Hayes?
There have been a number of young country music artists that have tried to make a name for themselves but have gone on to become known more as one-hit-wonders. Yet, that doesn't seem to be the case for Hunter Hayes. According to Wikipedia, "Hayes released his self-titled debut album in 2011. It reached number seven on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top Country Albums, and has sold over 1.1 million copies. Its most successful single, "Wanted", has sold over 3.5 million copies and made Hayes the youngest male act to ever top the Billboard Hot Country Songs."
Pick or pass on Gary LeVox?
There are a number of country music groups that have been quite successful over the years but none have been comparable to the world-renowned group, Rascal Flatts. The frontman, Gary LeVox, is often known more than any of his fellow bandmates and many country music fans can instantly recognize his voice when they hear it over the radio. According to Wikipedia, "One day, when the regular guitarist was not available, Joe Don Rooney stepped in. The three men say they felt the chemistry immediately and afterwards formed Rascal Flatts."
Pick or pass on Jake Owen?
According to Wikipedia, "Joshua Ryan 'Jake' Owen is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to RCA Nashville in 2006, he released his debut studio album, Startin' with Me, that year. This album produced three singles, all of which reached top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: his debut single "Yee Haw", "Startin' with Me", and "Something About a Woman"." While the early years in the music industry seemed fruitful, it's his latest hits that people seem to think stand out amongst the rest.
Pick or pass on Rodney Atkins?
According to Wikipedia, "[Rodney Atkins] signed to Curb Records in 1996, he charted his first single on the Billboard country chart in 1997, but did not release an album until 2003's Honesty, which included the number 4 hit "Honesty (Write Me a List)"." While he had a huge amount of success when he first started out in country music, it's his down home roots in country that really made him a star amongst country music fans. Some of his most memorable hits have been "These Are My People" and "Farmer's Daughter."
Pick or pass on Billy Currington?
Billy Currington is an artist that was first signed to a country music label back in 2003 but it seemed to take some time for the bulk of country music fans to really understand him and his style of music. He continued to release new albums and Wikipedia stated, "He has released six studio albums for the label: his self-titled debut (2003), Doin' Somethin' Right (2005), Little Bit of Everything (2008), Enjoy Yourself (2010), We Are Tonight (2013), and most recently Summer Forever (2015)."
Pick or pass on this Travis Tritt?
There are some country music fans that really seem to resonate with the intertwining of country with the pop genre but there are others that really enjoy the classic sound of country. Travis Tritt is a great example of what country used to sound like and he's often referred to when newer artists talk about their greatest influence. According to Wikipedia, "Seven of his albums (counting the Greatest Hits) are certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)."
Pick or pass on Cole Swindell?
While many people know of Cole Swindell as a country music artist through his hit singles, "Chillin' It" and "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," he's actually been a huge staple in the country music world as a songwriter. According to Wikipedia, "Swindell has written singles for Craig Campbell, Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, and Luke Bryan, and has released three albums for Warner Bros. Records Nashville." While he's known as a country music artist to some and a renowned songwriter to others, everyone can agree that he is a huge star.
Pick or pass on Lee Brice?
There have been a number of country music artists that have tried to make a name for themselves over the years and some of them have been lucky enough to have a few hit singles under their belt. Yet, Lee Brice is a country music artist that has had far more than just a few hit songs. According to Wikipedia, "Brice has released four albums for the label: Love Like Crazy, Hard to Love, I Don't Dance and Lee Brice."
Pick or pass on Scotty McCreery?
When Scotty McCreery first introduced himself to the world, he was seen as just another young contestant on a reality singing competition series. He made a memorable appearance on the show as the burgeoning country artist with a deep and soulful voice. According to Wikipedia, " His debut studio album, Clear as Day, was released in October 2011 and was certified platinum in the United States. The album includes the top 20 country songs, "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble with Girls". McCreery released a Christmas album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery, in October 2012 and it has been certified gold."
Pick or pass on Josh Turner?
While many people think of Josh Turner as solely a country music artist, he's actually had quite a bit of success as a gospel singer and actor. According to Wikipedia, "After the release of Deep South, Turner began work on a project of gospel music. Titled I Serve a Savior, his seventh studio album was issued on October 26, 2018. It consists of a collection of mostly gospel standards with a few original songs, including its title track that Turner co-wrote."
Pick or pass on Sam Hunt?
When Sam Hunt first emerged as a country music artist, it was obvious that he was going to stand out a bit amongst his fellow vocalists. He didn't have the stereotypical look of a country music artist and he started to adopt a unique sound in his songs. His talking style of music really seemed to resonate with fans and it didn't take long for him to become a huge star in the world of country music, singing alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry (Wikipedia).
Pick or pass on Chris Stapleton?
There are some country music artists that have done far more work behind-the-scenes than they ever have in front of the microphone and that is definitely Chris Stapleton. According to Wikipedia, "As of 2018 Stapleton has amassed credits writing and co-writing over 170 songs. He has co-written six number-one country songs, including Kenny Chesney's five-week number-one "Never Wanted Nothing More", George Strait's "Love's Gonna Make It Alright", and Luke Bryan's "Drink a Beer"." Yet, that doesn't take away from his own string of hit singles throughout his time as a country music artist.
Pick or pass on Kenny Rogers?
There have been a number of country music artists that have had a string of hit singles over the years, but they have yet to become known as a true country music legend. Kenny Rogers is one of those rare music artists that have been able to hold onto his fanbase, despite the ever-changing times in country music. According to Wikipedia, "Rogers has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide."
Pick or pass on Randy Travis?
Many people find it hard to believe that Randy Travis has been churning out country music since the 1970s. According to Wikipedia, "Active since 1978, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including sixteen that reached the No. 1 position. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies. The album established him as a major force in the neotraditional country movement."
Pick or pass on Darius Rucker?
There have been a number of artists that have transitioned from one genre to the next and that is exactly what Darius Rucker did when he entered into the world of country music. While many people knew him for being the lead vocalist of the rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish, that didn't stop him from embarking on a life in the world of country music (Wikipedia). According to Wikipedia, "In early 2008, Rucker signed to Capitol Records Nashville as the beginning of a career in country music."
Pick or pass on Vince Gill?
Many people don't remember the fact that Vince Gill wasn't always a solo artist. Yet, he actually received quite a bit of acclaim as the frontman to the country rock band, Pure Prairie League (Wikipedia). Undoubtedly, the reason why so many people can't recall the fact that Gill was once in a band is because of the incredible amount of success he's had as a solo artist. From a string of hit singles to a number of awards and accolades, he has garnered a huge amount of acclaim in the country music industry.
Pick or pass on Dierks Bentley?
Ever since Dierks Bentley signed to a country music label back in 2003, he's had a huge amount of success as a country music artist and songwriter. According to Wikipedia, "Bentley's studio albums have accounted for 25 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, of which 17 have reached number one." While he may not be as flashy as some of the other country artists that have made names for themselves as actors or television personalities, he's definitely made a name for himself in country music.
Pick or pass on Alan Jackson?
When it comes to old school country music, many people think of it as having a particular sound or style. Yet, there are some country music artists that don't completely fall into one specific category. Alan Jackson may have started out in 1989 by signing to the country music label, Arista Nashville, but that doesn't mean that he has the stereotypical sound of old school country music (Wikipedia). He's had a great deal of success by intertwining classic country with mainstream country and it has really resonated with fans.
Pick or pass on Willie Nelson?
There are some country music artists that can be defined as almost pop stars because of the way they sound and the type of music they release. Yet, there are other artists that have remained true to their country roots with each new album they release. Willie Nelson is seen as one of country music's most notable artists and his persona has revolved around the heart of country music rather than the mixing of pop sounds and new age lyrics (Wikipedia).
Pick or pass on Jason Aldean?
According to Wikipedia, "Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released eight albums and 24 singles." Everyone seems to have their own favorites when it comes to hit singles released by Jason Aldean but some of the most popular choices include the hit singles, "She's Country" and "Big Green Tractor." He's had duet songs with some of the biggest stars in country music and he's made a name for himself as an established music artist.
Pick or pass on Garth Brooks?
When Garth Brooks was first introduced to listeners in the country music genre, he seemed to have a completely different persona. He was seen in rhinestone ensembles and the classic cowboy hat but that didn't take away from the fact that he had universal appeal. According to Wikipedia, "Brooks has had great success on the country single and album charts, with multi-platinum recordings and record-breaking live performances, while also crossing over into the mainstream pop arena." Pick or pass on Garth Brooks?
Pick or pass on Toby Keith?
When Toby Keith first started out in country music, it was his 1993 studio album that was the introduction to listeners that really kicked off his life in the country music genre (Wikipedia). While he continued to have a number of hit albums, it seemed like people knew him more for his statements made in his personal life over the lyrics he sang in his country music songs. Yet, that hasn't stopped him from garnering a huge fan base in the world of country music.
Pick or pass on George Strait?
There are some country music artists that have surpassed simply being called a success in the world of country music. According to Wikipedia, "George Strait is known as the 'King of Country' and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s."
Pick or pass on Luke Combs?
Luke Combs is seen as one of the newer music artists that have come out of the country music genre but that doesn't mean that he isn't that well-known. His debut album featured a number of memorable hit singles, with everyone having their own favorites amongst them. One of the most played singles from his debut album that could be heard all over country music radio stations was the song, "When It Rains It Pours." Pick or pass on Luke Combs?
Pick or pass on Zac Brown?
There are a number of groups within the world of country music but not all of them have had that much success. Zac Brown Band is one of the country music groups that has managed to make a name for themselves and its lead singer has definitely proven that he has star quality. Wikipedia states, "The band has released six studio albums along with two live albums, one greatest-hits album, and two extended plays. They have also charted sixteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay chart, of which thirteen have reached number 1."
Pick or pass on Ronnie Dunn?
Many people know Ronnie Dunn best as one part of the duo country music group, Brooks & Dunn. Yet, he's actually had quite a bit of success since moving on to become a solo artist. According to Wikipedia, "He released his self-titled debut album for Arista Nashville on June 7, 2011, reaching the Top 10 with its lead-off single "Bleed Red". In 2013, after leaving Arista Nashville in 2012, Dunn founded Little Will-E Records." While many people miss Brooks & Dunn, it's undeniable that Dunn has had success all on his own.
Pick or pass on Randy Houser?
Shawn House is a country music singer that is also quite a distinguished songwriter. According to Wikipedia, "[House] signed to Universal South Records in 2008, he charted the single "Anything Goes". It was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country singles chart and the title track to his debut album of the same name, which also produced his first Top 5 hit, "Boots On"." While many people know him for his own music, he's actually written hits for quite a few artists in the world of country music.
Pick or pass on this Keith Urban?
There are a number of country music artists that don't come from the traditional background of a stereotypical country artist. Yet, there is something quite unique in regards to Keith Urban since he actually hails from Australia. That hasn't seemed to hinder his ability to garner a fan base in the world of country music and he's also made a name for himself as a celebrated television personality. This Aussie country music artist is thought of as a huge favorite to many (Wikipedia).
Pick or pass on Kip Moore?
While Kip Moore is still seen as a relatively new country music artist, it's interesting how long he's actually been in the world of the country music genre. According to Wikipedia "His debut album, Up All Night, was released on April 24, 2012 and was the best-selling debut album by a male in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Moore released the single "Young Love", followed by "Dirt Road" and "I'm to Blame"." It's obvious that the world of country music has found one of its ring stars.
Pick or pass on Kane Brown?
Oftentimes, those that upload videos of themselves in order to get discovered in the music industry are trying to gain a role in the world of pop music. Yet, Kane Brown was an aspiring artist that was uploading videos in order to be recognized as the next big thing in country music (Wikipedia). He wasn't exactly the same stereotypical country music artist but that doesn't mean that he didn't have a sound that resonated with country music fans. Pick or pass on Kane Brown?
Pick or pass on Justin Moore?
Justin Moore is a country music artist and songwriter that first debuted a studio album for Valory Music Group in 2009 (Wikipedia). Since releasing his first studio album, Moore has had a string of hit singles that have helped country music fans to get to know him for his signature sound and style. While everyone seems to have their own favorites in his long list of hit singles, it is "Small Town USA" and "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" that seems the most memorable.
Pick or pass on Granger Smith?
There are a number of country music artists that have tried to reinvent themselves, whether it's evolving into a different genre or going solo after splitting up from a duo or group. Yet, there is something quite unique in regards to Granger Smith. According to Wikipedia, Granger Kelly Smith, also known by his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr." has found a great deal of success through his impressive nine studio albums. Everyone seems to have their own favorites in his roster of hit singles.
Pick or pass on Easton Corbin?
Easton Corbin is another relatively new country music artist. According to Wikipedia, "He signed to Mercury Records Nashville in 2009 and released his self-titled debut album in March 2010, featuring the two number one hits "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll with It", as well as the number 14 hit "I Can't Love You Back"." He had continued success with his subsequent album releases and there are high hopes for the future for this relatively new country music artist.
Pick or pass on Dustin Lynch?
There are a number of country music artists that have tried to make a name for themselves by releasing album after album and getting lucky enough to have one or two hit singles. Yet, Dustin Lynch seems to have garnered a huge fan base and a string of hit singles in a short amount of time. According to Wikipedia, He has also released eight singles, of which six have reached the No. 1 position on Country Airplay." Pick or pass on Dustin Lynch?
Pick or pass on Craig Morgan?
There are some country music artists that aren't solely in one specific category when it comes to their talent or their background. That is definitely the case with Craig Morgan since he's not just another new country music artist. According to Wikipedia, "A veteran of the United States Army as a forward observer, Morgan began his musical career in 2000 on Atlantic Records, releasing his self-titled debut album for that label before the closure of its Nashville division in 2000."
Pick or pass on Clint Black?
There aren't many country music artists that can boast having the same sort of success as Clint Black. While other country artists have come and gone without much fanfare, it seems like Black has solidified himself as a legend in the world of country music. According to Wikipedia, "He has had more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, twenty-two of which have reached number one, in addition to having released twelve studio albums and several compilation albums."
Pick or pass on Chris Young?
When it comes to reality singing competition shows, it seems like there have been so many over the years that it's hard to keep track of the winners and losers. Yet, that isn't the case with Chris Young. After winning the reality singing competition series, Nashville Star, it didn't take long for him to become a huge figure in country music and he's been very respected for his signature sound, incredible range and huge talent as a stage performer as a country music artist.
Pick or pass on Kenny Chesney?
There are some country music artists that seem a bit pigeonholed when it comes to their signature sound or even the topics they sing about in the music they release. Yet, that doesn't seem to be the case with Kenny Chesney. While some people know him best for songs about his tractor, others always think about his beach references in his country music singles. One of the most memorable songs in his roster of hit singles is the single, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" (Wikipedia).
Pick or pass on Charles Kelley?
While there are some people that seem to have a hard time distinguishing every voice and individual within a country music group or duo, true country music fans will understand the significance of Charles Kelley in the world of country music. According to Wikipedia, Charles Kelley is a "singer, songwriter and founding member of the country music trio Lady Antebellum, which was formed in 2006 and are signed to Capitol Nashville." He's received a number of awards and accolades over the years and is considered a huge success.
Pick or pass on Brett Eldredge?
Oftentimes, being the family member of a famous singer (or singers) can be seen as a bit of a hindrance. In some instances, people can be a bit hesitant to get onboard with someone to recognize them for their own talent. It can be tricky for people not to constantly compare talent. Yet, that doesn't seem to be the case for Brett Eldredge, despite the fact that he's actually the cousin of Terry Eldredge, a member of the bluegrass group, The Grascals (Wikipedia).
Pick or pass on Brantley Gilbert?
Not every country music star has had a specific route when it comes to their time in the world of country music. Yet, that doesn't always mean that it leads to a lack of success in the country music genre. Brantley Gilbert had a few instances where he changed hands from one label to the next but that hasn't hindered his ability to release hit albums and garner a huge fanbase. He's also become known for being a talented songwriter, writing hits for Jason Aldean (Wikipedia).
Pick or pass on Johnny Cash?
There aren't many country singers that have been able to garner the same sort of respect as Johnny Cash. He's released a string of hit singles that have completely changed the face of country music. His contribution to the country music genre has been immeasurable and he's been immortalized on the big screen when he was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix (IMDb). The world got to see a little more in regards to his relationship with June Carter Cash and his music was introduced to those that weren't already fans.
Pick or pass on Luke Bryan?
There are a number of country music artists that have had a number of hit singles throughout their time in the music industry but that doesn't mean that all of them have garnered a fan base like Luke Bryan. He's been able to really showcase his personality through a number of different endeavors and it's helped to cultivate an even bigger fan base, outside of the string of hit singles that he's released throughout his time in the country music genre (Wikipedia).