To determine the 100 most popular country music stars, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed artist performance on the Billboard Hot Country Songs music chart as well as the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for the past three years from the week of July 11, 2015 through the week of July 14, 2018. We then created an index using the number of weeks an artist spent on each chart during that period, the positions the artist held on the charts, and the number of page views each artist’s Wikipedia page received over the past year, a reflection of each musician/group’s popularity.
“Biggest country hit” refers to the artist’s song that performed best on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. 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.
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