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100 Most Popular Country Music Stars

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100. Steven Tyler
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 13
> Steven Tyler Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,959,513
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: We’re All Somebody from Somewhere (1 week)

Known primarily as the lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith, Steven Tyler first reached the country charts with the release of his solo album “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere” in 2016, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. A single from the record, “Love Is Your Name,” reached No. 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

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99. Roger Miller
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 360
> Roger Miller Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 415,630
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: The 3rd Time Around (2 weeks)

Though Roger Miller had solid honky tonk roots and released a number of straight country songs, he remains best known for his quirky originals like “England Swings,” “Chug-a-Lug,” and “King of the Road.” In the mid-1980s, he wrote the music for a Broadway adaptation of Mark Twain’s works, “Big River” and won a Tony Award for his efforts.

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98. Rosanne Cash
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 249
> Rosanne Cash Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 856,263
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Seven Year Ache (2 weeks)

The eldest daughter of music legend Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash has been in the country music businesses for more than four decades. She became famous in the 1980s with hit songs like “I don’t know why you don’t want me”– one of her 11 songs that peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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97. The Judds
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 354
> The Judds Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 174,440
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 3
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Why Not Me (3 weeks)

The Judds — mother Naomi and daughter Wynonna — were the biggest country duo in the 1980s, racking four No. 1 albums and 14 top-selling singles such as “Mama He’s Crazy” and “Why Not Me.” The secret to the Kentucky natives’ success was their harmonizing of traditional country music, bluegrass, and Appalachian folk with pop-rock.

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96. Lionel Richie
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 19
> Lionel Richie Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,836,938
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 4
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Tuskegee (4 weeks)

With classic hit songs like “Hello,” many people may not remember that Lionel Richie also has several country hits. The Alabama native had three songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs with one, “Deep River Woman,” in the Top 10. Richie’s 2012 country album “Tuskegee,” on which he collaborated with country stars like Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums.

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95. Chris Young
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 465
> Chris Young Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 5,658
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: I’m Comin’ Over (1 week)

After winning the reality competition show “Nashville Star” in 2006, Chris Young also won a recording contract, eventually charting with “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song).” He then had a string of No. 1 country hits, including “Voices” and “The Man I Want To Be.”

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94. Jo Dee Messina
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 420
> Jo Dee Messina Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 113,807
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Delicious Surprise (2 weeks)

Massachusetts-born Jo Dee Messina has posted three No. 1 albums on the Top Country Albums chart, the most recent one, “Delicious Surprise” in April 2005. She’s notched six No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list.

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93. Ricky Skaggs
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 379
> Ricky Skaggs Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 267,780
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 3
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Country Boy (3 weeks)

Ricky Skaggs grew up with music in Kentucky and learned to play the mandolin as a child. The 15-time Grammy Award winner’s roots are in bluegrass, but he’s embraced other genres as well. Skaggs has recorded four albums that went to No. 1 on the Top Country Album list, all of them in the 1980s, and has 11 No. 1 country singles to his credit, three in 1982 alone, including “Crying My Heart Out Over You.”

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92. Lee Brice
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 452
> Lee Brice Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 180,361
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: I Don’t Dance (1 week)

Singer-songwriter Lee Brice is known for emotional ballads like “I Don’t Dance” and the 2013 Country Music Association Song of the Year, “I Drive Your Truck.” His considerable success as a songwriter also includes writing hits for Garth Brooks (see No. 1), Jason Aldean (see No. 31), and Tim McGraw (see No. 8).

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91. Dan + Shay
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 354
> Dan + Shay Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 569,432
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Where It All Began (1 week)

The duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney met in Nashville and started collaborating almost immediately, releasing their debut single in 2013. They have since released three albums . In 2019, they also collaborated with pop star Justin Bieber on a song called “10,000 Hours,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard country chart.