In the world of music, there are so many different genres. From pop music to rock and rap, just about everyone has a favorite genre of music and favorite artists within that genre. Even though many people tend to enjoy music from many different genres, most people definitely have at least one genre that they tend to find themselves drawn to when they listen to music. For many people, this genre is country music! Country music is a genre that has roots back in the early parts of the 20th century in the southern part of the US.
Throughout the years, country music has gone through quite a few changes and new stars in the country world seem to be getting famous all the time. But, for people who love this genre, that's definitely a good thing! Anyone who is a fan of country music probably has at least a couple favorite artists within the genre. There are so many talented ones that it's really hard to narrow it down to a single favorite or only a couple top picks!
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Luke Bryan is a country musician who began his career in the world of country music as a songwriter and was writing music for songs like Travis Tritt and Billy Currington before he decided to start making music of his own. He has released a total of nine albums of his own so far since his debut, I'll Stay Me, in 2007. Some of the songs Luke Bryan is known for include Rain Is a Good Thing, Country Girl, and Play It Again.
Thomas Rhett is a country star that's definitely no stranger to the country music spotlight. He's the son of country music star Rhett Akins who released his first album back in 1995. As a country music star himself, Thomas Rhett released his debut studio album in 2013 after touring in 2012 and 2013 with Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, and Jason Aldean. He's released several successful songs over the past few years including It Goes Like This, Makse Me wanna, Craving You with Maren Morris, and Marry Me.
Keith Urban released his debut self-titled album in 1991 and has been a huge name in the world of country music ever since then. Keith Urban has been on tour with a ton of other country musicians like Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, and Lady Antebellum throughout the years. Throughout the many years he's been in the country music industry, Keith Urban has released 11 studio albums and has become known for songs like You'll Think of Me, Coming Home with Julia Michaels, and For You.
Miranda Lambert is one of many country stars that got her start on Nashville Star, a singing competition series that focused on country musicians. She finished third place back in the 2003 season and even though she didn't win, she still went on to become a huge name in the world of country music. She released her debut album in 2005 and has released a total of seven studio albums. Some songs she's known for include Famous in a Small Town, The House That Built Me, and Somethin' Bad with Carrie Underwood.
Fans of country music are likely familiar with Cassadee Pope. But people who like other types of music might know her even better. Until their hiatus in 2011, Cassadee Pope was the lead singer of the rock band Hey Monday. The following year, she went on the third season of the singing competition series The Voice and ended up winning! After winning, she made her debut in the world of country music as a solo artist with her 2013 album Frame by Frame.
Tim McGraw is a country singer who has been working in the world of country music for quite some time. Tim McGraw got his start in the world of country music back in 1990 and six years later in 1996, he married fellow country star Faith Hill. In total, he has released 15 studio albums and has won a ton of awards for his music. Some of his best-known songs include Don't Take the Girl, Back When, and Humble and Kind.
Dan + Shay
Dan + Shay is a country duo that consists of a pair of singer-songwriters named Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney. Dan + Shay have released three albums since 2014 and are known for songs like Speechless, From the Ground Up, and Nothin' Like You. The pair have made appearances on tour with several other country musicians like Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, and made their Grand Ole Opry debut in 2014. During the second season of Nashville, their song Stop Drop + Roll appeared in an episode.
Eli Young Band
Eli Young Band is a country group made up of Mike Eli, James Young, Jon Jones, and Chris Thompson. They formed a band in 2000 and released their self-titled debut album in 2002. Their first album that was released through a major label came out in 2005 and in total, Eli Young Band has made a total of five albums. This country band is known for a ton of different popular country songs like When It Rains, Crazy Girl, and Love Ain't.
Brad Paisley is a country music singer and songwriter who has released a total of 11 studio albums since releasing his debut, Who Needs Pictures, back in 1999. Along with music, Brad Paisley has written two books. Since starting his career as a country musician back in the 1990s, Brad Paisley has had quite a few really popular songs. Some that country music fans are likely familiar with include songs like We Dancd, I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song), and Start a Band with Keith Urban.
Ashley Monroe is a country music singer who is a solo musician as well as a member of a country music group that Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley are both members of as well. As a solo artist, Ashley Monroe has released three studio albums. Her debut studio album was released in 2006 and her most recent album, Sparrow, was released in 2018. She's known for songs like Satisfied, Hands on You, and I Don't Want To with Ronnie Dunn.
Kane Brown is a country musician that initially became famous on social media before he was signed to a record label. His debut self-titled studio album was released in 2016 after he released two EPs prior to that. Kane Brown has been nominated for and won several awards in the music world. Fans of country music likely know him for some of his super popular country songs like Heaven, Saturday Nights (Remix) with Khalid, and What ifs with Lauren Alaina.
Brantley Gilbert is a country music singer-songwriter who has been the voice of quite a few different popular country songs since he released his debut album, Modern Day Prodigal Son, back in 2009. Along with releasing music of his own, many country fans will be familiar with his work as a songwriter because Brantley Gilbert wrote Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party and Dirt Road Anthem. Some of Brantley Gilbert's singles include More Than Miles, The Weekend, and What Happens in a Small Town with Lindsay Ell.
Lee Brice is a country music singer and songwriter who got his start in the world of country music as a songwriter for other country musicians. Over the years, he's written songs for artists like Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chsney, and Jason Aldean. He released his first studio album, Love Like Crazy, in 2010 and has since released a total of four albums. He's known for songs like Love Like Crazy, I Drive Your Truck, and That Don't Sound Like You.
Maren Morris is a country singer that initially rose to fame in the world of country music with her 2016 album, Hero. Following its release, she has gone on tour with Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, and Niall Horan and released another album in 2019 titled Girl. She's known for songs like My Church, The Middle, and Girl and has written for several other artists including Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, Aubrey Peeples, and music that appeared on the TV show Nashville.
Darius Rucker is a country singer who initially rose to fame as one of the members of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. He's moved around in musical genres through a lot of his time as a musician, so it's likely that many people that aren't fans of country music are probably familiar with his work in some way. Darius Rucker has released a total of seven studio albums as a solo artist and is known for songs like Southern Style and Wagon Wheel.
Jana Kramer is a singer and actress who is known for being a total star in the world of country music. But, before she was known for being a singer, she got her start in the spotlight on the TV show One Tree Hill where she played the character Alex Dupre. She released her debut self-titled album in 2012 and released her second album, Thirty One, in 2015. She appeared on the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars and is known for songs like Why Ya Wanna.
Blake Shelton is a country music star that got his start in the world of country music in 2001 when he released his debut self-titled album. His debut single, Austin, was released shortly before that and got him a lot of attention in the world of country music. Since then, Blake Shelton has released a total of 11 albums and is known for songs like Ol' Red, Lonely Tonight, and Mine Would Be You. Along with making music, he's been a coach on The Voice since 2011.
Faith Hill is a country singer that is known for her own music and even some work in the world of acting as well as her marriage to fellow country superstar, Tim McGraw. Faith Hill released her debut studio album, titled Take Me as I Am, in 1993 and has released a total of eight studio albums over the years. Some of the songs she's known for include It Matters to Me, This Kiss, Breathe, and The Way You Love Me.
Rodney Atkins is a huge name in the world of country music. He got his start in the music world back in 1996 when he was signed to a record label and released his debut single, In a Heartbeat, the following year. Since making his debut in the world of country music, Rodney Atkins has released a total of five studio albums. His most recent album, Caught Up in the Country, was released in 2019. Some of his many singles include Farmer's Daughter, He's Mine, an My Old Man.
Sam Hunt is a country star that didn't exactly grow up dreaming of being in the musical spotlight. He played football in high school and college and although he says that he wanted to go pro, he ended up getting signed to a record label instead in 2014. Before he became signed as a singer himself, he had written songs for other country singers like Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney. Country fans likely know Sam Hunt for songs like Leave the Light On and Body Like a Back Road.
Lauren Duski is a country musician who initially rose to fame in the world of country music after she was the runner up during the 12th season of the singing competition series The Voice. On the voice, she was on the team of country singer and coach Blake Shelton. She released Midwestern Girl, her first EP, in 2019 and has many country fans waiting for her to release more music. She's known for songs like Costume Party, The Weather, and Runnin'.
Hunter Hayes is a country musician who made his debut in the country world in 2011 when his self-titled debut album was released. In total, Hunter Hayes has released three studio albums with his most recent one, called The 21 Project, being from 2015. Since getting started in the country music world, Hunter Hayes has toured with several other country stars like Taylor Swift, Dan + Shay, and Carrie Underwood. Country music fans likely know him for songs like Wanted, Invisible, I Want Crazy.
Maddie & Tae
Maddie & Tae is a country music duo that consists of two singer-songwriters by the name of Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye. They made their debut in the country world back in 2014 when they released their debut single, Girl in a Country Song. This song was released as a single from their debut studio album, Start Here. Along with that album, they've released two EPs with their latest one being released in April 2019. Other songs these two are known for include Friends Don't and Fly.
Carly Pearce is a country music singer that got her start in the country music world when she was a teenager. At the age of 16, she moved to Tennessee so that she could start performing at Dollywood and try to use that to start her career as a country singer. In 2017, she released her debut album, Every Little Thing, and has released two singles from it including a song by the same name. She also supported Rascall Flats, Hunter Hayes, and other musicians on tour.
Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line is a country music duo made up of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. The two of them started making music together in 2010 and released their debut single, a song called Cruise, in 2012. The duo has been on tour with several other huge names in the country world like Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan. Along with Cruise, they're known for other songs like Stay, Meant to Be with Bebe Rexha, and This Is How We Roll with Luke Bryan.
Jake Owen is a country singer that was signed to a record label in 2006 and released his debut studio album, Startin' With Me, that same year. Jake Owen has released six albums in total with his most recent one, Greetings from... Jake, having been released in 2019. He has gone on tour with other country music stars like Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, and Eli Young Band. He's known for songs like Eight Second Ride, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, and I Was Jack (You Were Diane).
Chris Stapleton is a country music singer-songwriter and record producer who made the move to Nashville back in 2001 so that he could start writing music in the country world. He's written a ton of songs for huge names in the world of country music like Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, and Dierks Bentley and has even written for non-country musicians like Adele. As a musician himself, Chris Stapleton is known for songs like Say Something with Justin Timberlake, Traveller, and Millionaire.
Lennon Stella is a country singer that initially rose to fame as one half of the duo Lennon & Maisy with her sister, Maisy Stella. Lennon and Maisy became famous in the world of acting and country music when they played the roles of Maddie and Daphne on the musical TV series Nashville. They recorded several songs for Nashville and Lennon is now known for songs like La Di Da, Polaroid, and Like Everybody Else and recently released her solo EP Love, me.
Rascall Flatts is a country music group that is made up of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney. This group was founded in 1999 and released their debut self-titled studio album in 2000. Since then, they've released a total of 11 studio albums and contributed a song to the soundtrack of the Pixar movie Cars. Some songs that this country group has become known for over the years include Feels Like Today, Skin (Sarabeth), and Easy with Natasha Bedingfield.
Jimmie Allen is a country musician who initially got into the music world after auditioning for a couple different singing competition shows. Unfortunately, he didn't make it onto either show but he did befriend a future winner, Scotty McCreery, who he ended up going on tour with. In 2018, Jimmie Allen released both an EP and his debut studio album, Mercury Lane. He's known for a few different songs like Make Me Want To, which was released in 2019, and Best Shot.
Dylan Scott is a country musician that released his debut single, titled Makin' This Boy Go Crazy, back in 2013. He has released four EPs, including one dedicated to Christmas music that came out in 2017, over the years and in 2016, he released his debut self-titled studio album. Some songs that Dylan Scott is known for include sons like Nothing To Do Town, My Girl, Hooked, and Lay It On Me. Even though this country singer is new on the music scene, he's definitely caught the attention of many music fans.
Drew & Ellie Holcomb
Drew & Ellie Holcomb are a husband and wife who are both in the music world. Drew Holcomb initially rose to fame as a member of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, a band with which his wife used to tour until 2012 when she stepped back to focus on their family and her own life as a solo artist. The two of them have started making music together outside of Drew's band and have released songs like You and Me, Tennessee, and Electricity.
Lauren Alaina is a country singer that rose to fame as a contestant on a singing competition show. In 2011, she was the runner up of the tenth season of AI, coming in second at the end of the season to Scotty McCreery. She released her debut studio album, Wildflower, that same year. She has since released a second album, Road Less Traveled, in 2017. Some songs she's known for include Road Less Traveled, Doin' Fine, and Ladies in the '90s.
Jon Pardi is a country music singer and songwriter who got his start in the world of country music back in 2014 when he released his debut studio album, Write You a Song. Two years later in 2016, he released his second studio album, California Sunrise, which reached the top of the US country charts. Over the years, he's released several singles including songs like Head Over boots, Dirt on My boots, and Night Shift. In 2014, he opened for both Alan Jackson and Dierks Bentley on tour.
The Band Perry
The Band Perry is a group of siblings that came together in 2005 to form a country group. The band is made up of Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry and the three of them performed music when they were growing up. Kimberly released an EP of music as a solo artist but came together in 2005 to go on the New Faces of Country tour. They have released three albums together and are known for songs like Better Dig Two, All Your Life, and Postcards from Paris.
Dierks Bentley is a country music singer-songwriter who was signed to a record label in 2003 and released his debut self-titled studio album in that same year. His most recent album, The Mountain, was released in 2018 and marked his ninth studio album that he's released. Dierks Bentley has toured with other country musicians like Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Miranda Lambert in the past and is known for songs like Lot of Leavin' Left to Do, Every Mile a Memory, and Different for Girls with Elle King.
Abby Anderson is a country music singer who initially caught the attention of country fans when she appeared on a radio talk show and performed a song when she was 17 years old. In 2014, she released an EP called He Loves Me and she started trying to make it in the world of country music. In 2014, she was signed to a record label and has since become known in the country music world for songs like This Feeling and Shallow.
Eric Church is a country musician who was signed to Capitol Nashville back in 2005 and has since released six studio albums through that record label. In 2006, his studio album was released. This North Carolina native has been on tour with several different musicians like Hank WIlliams Jr, Miranda Lambert, Halestorm, and Chris Stapleton. Some of the singles that have come from his six albums include country hits like Springsteen, Talladega, and Record Year. His most recent album, Desperate Man, was released in 2018.
Chris Janson is a country musician who released his debut studio album, titled Buy Me a Boat, back in 2015 after releasing two EPs. Since then, he's released one more studio album and one more EP, the most recent of which was released in 2017. Chris Janson is known for releasing quite a few popular country songs like Buy Me a Boat, Holdin' Her, and his most recent song, Good Vibes, which was released in 2019 from his upcoming third album.
Lady Antebellum is a country music group that was founded in 2006 and consists of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood. Two members of this group, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, are definitely familiar with the spotlight as they have family members in the music world. Lady Antebellum has released seven studio albums between 2008 and 2017 and is known for various different popular country songs like Need You Now, Just a Kiss, and Dancin' Away With My Heart.
Runaway June is a country music group that is made up of Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland, and Jennifer Wayne. Jennifer Wayne is the granddaughter of the famous John Wayne and was originally a member of a different country group. The group released their debut self-titled EP in 2018 and were nominated for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. They're known for different songs like Lipstick and Wild West. They supported Carrie Underwood on tour.
Jason Aldean is a country singer who was signed to a record label in 2005 and released his debut self-titled studio album in that year. Throughout the years, he's been a supporting act on tours with other country musicians like Rascall Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw. Some of the songs that Jason Aldean has become known for in the world of country music include My Kinda Party, Fly Over States, and Don't You Wanna Stay with Kelly Clarkson.
Luke Combs is a country star that made his debut in the music world when he released his debut EP, The Way She Rides, in 2014. He released two more EPs in 2014 and 2015 before he released his debut studio album, This One's for You, in 2017. This One's for You reached the #1 spot on the US Country charts and produced singles like Hurricane, When It Rains It Pours, and One Number Away. In 2019, he was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.
Lindsay Ell is a country music singer and songwriter who released her debut EP, Worth the Wait, in 2017 and released her first full-length studio album, The Project, later that year. Before that, she had released music but never with a large record label. Starting in 2013, she went on tour with several different country musicians including The Band Perry, Braid Paisley, and Keith Urban. Some of the songs Lindsay Ell is known for include singles like Pickup Truck, By the Way, and Waiting on You.
Easton Corbin is a country star that released his debut self-titled album in 2010. Since then, he's released two more albums and has been nominated for and won quite a few awards in the world of country music. Fans of country music are likely familiar with some of Easton Corbin's singles like A Little More Country Than That, All Over the Road, A Girl Like Yo, and Clockwork. He released the song Somebody's Gotta Be Country in 2019 and fans are awaiting his next album.
Jessie James Decker
Jessie James Decker is a reality TV star and country music singer. She's the wife of NFL star Eric Decker and the two of them appeared on the E! series about their life Eric & Jessie: Game On. She has released three studio albums between 2009 and 2018 as well as four EPs. Some of the songs that Jessie James Decker is known for include Wanted, Boys in the Summer, and Southern Girl City Lights. She also appeared on the BIlly Currington song Good Night.
Chris Young is a country music star that got his start in the world of country music in 2006 when he became the winner of the country music competition Nashville Star. He released his self-titled debut album the same year after being signed to a record label. Since releasing his debut album, he has released a total of seven albums with his most recent one coming out in 2017. Some of the songs Chris Young is known for include Voices, Losing Sleep, and Neon.
Gabby Barrett is a country music singer who appeared on the 16th season of a huge singing competition that has given the world other big names in the country world like Carrie Underwood. Even though she came in third on the 2018 season of the show and didn't win, she's still become pretty popular in the world of country music. She has yet to release her debut studio album but has released two singles, River Deep and I Hope, which have fans excited for more music from her.
Lacy Cavalier is a country music star that was raised in Louisiana. She got her start in the spotlight when she was a young child that appeared on the Barney and Friends show but chose not to pursue the acting world and instead decided to go into music. She recorded her first album, a compilation of covers, when she was 12 and has been working in Nashville on her music for some time. She's known for songs like Every TIme It Rains.
Michael Hardy, known in the music world simply as Hardy, is a country musician and songwriter. In addition to his own music, Hardy has written songs for other huge country stars like Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, and Morgan Wallen! In 2018, Hardy released his debut EP, This Ole Boy, and followed it up with a second EP in 2019 titled Where to Find Me. Hardy is a relatively new name in the country world but is already known for songs like Rednecker.