Special Report

100 Most Popular Country Music Stars

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80. Eddie Rabbitt
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 484
> Eddie Rabbitt Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 251,872
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 3
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Step by Step (3 weeks)

After writing songs recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley and Ronnie Milsap, Broolyn-born Eddie Rabbitt began recording himself and scored 17 No. 1 country hits. His career slowed down in the ’90s, and he died of lung cancer in 1998.

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79. Julianne Hough
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 26
> Julianne Hough Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 2,481,935
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Julianne Hough (1 week)

First gaining stardom as the two-time winner of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” reality show, Julianne Hough broke into country music in 2007 with the release of her debut single “Will You Dance With Me.” The single was followed by a self-titled album that peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

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78. Sam Hunt
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 377
> Sam Hunt Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 541,488
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 9
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Montevallo (9 weeks)

Sam Hunt put his own twist on country by melding hip-hop and R&B into his music. The Georgia native has had two top-selling country albums on Billboard — “Montevallo,” which peaked at No. 1 six years ago, and “SOUTHSIDE,” which hit No. 1 earlier this year.

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77. Lonestar
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 560
> Lonestar Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 113,191
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: From There to Here: Greatest Hits (2 weeks)

Though their name would suggest that this group is from Texas, they formed the band in Tennessee. Lonestar has had nine No. 1 country hits, among them “Amazed,” which sat atop the country charts for eight weeks in 1999. “Amazed” also became the group’s lone No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100.

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76. Dwight Yoakam
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 375
> Dwight Yoakam Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 878,679
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (2 weeks)

Though he was born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio, Dwight Yoakum is associated primarily with the Bakersfield (California) country scene and is known for a long career of genre-crossing releases encompassing honky tonk, rock-and-roll, bluegrass, and Americana. Among other accomplishments, he hit the lower echelons of the pop charts in 1999 with his interpretation of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and later released several songs produced by Beck.

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75. Darius Rucker
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 374
> Darius Rucker Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 845,571
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Learn to Live (2 weeks)

Darius Rucker achieved a measure of pop stardom as leader of the ’90s rock group Hootie & the Blowfish before turning to country in 2008. “I plan to do a lot of country,” he told Billboard at the time, and indeed he has gone on to place repeatedly on the country charts. Rucker has had six country No.1 singles on Billboard. In 2012, he was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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74. Little Big Town
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 439
> Little Big Town Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 469,280
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 5
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Tornado (5 weeks)

Little Big Town has been called country’s version of the Mamas & The Papas because of its four-part harmony featuring two male and two female singers. The group members hail from Georgia, Arkanasas, and Alabama, and they have had three No. 1 hit songs on Billboard’s Hot Country charts — “Girl Crush,” “Better Man,” and “Pontoon” over the last decade. Four albums — “Tornado,” “The Reason Why,” “The Breaker” and “Nightfall” — all went to No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.

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73. Zac Brown Band
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 437
> Zac Brown Band Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 428,445
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 5
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Uncaged (5 weeks)

Zac Brown, the 11th of 12 children, formed a band in Georgia in 2002 and started his own recording label a year later. The band has had eight No. 1’s on the Hot Country Songs chart. Their first, “Chicken Fried” in 2008, was their biggest. Five albums reached the pinnacle of the Top Country Albums chart, including “You Get What You Give” in 2010, one of three Brown albums to lead the Billboard 200.

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72. Emmylou Harris
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 329
> Emmylou Harris Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,054,052
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 8
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Luxury Liner (8 weeks)

Initially attracting attention as the musical partner of alt-country pioneer Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris has gone on to release an astonishing number of albums, including a collaboration with Dolly Parton (see No. 7) and Linda Ronstadt (see No. 46); duets with such legends as Willie Nelson (see No. 9) and George Jones (see No. 25); and eclectic collections of brilliant originals and classic country, folk, and rock tunes.

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71. Thomas Rhett
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 454
> Thomas Rhett Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 805,916
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 3
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Life Changes (3 weeks)

Georgia native Thomas Rhett’s third album, “Life Changes,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017. That same year, he was named male vocalist of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Rhett has had 18 songs chart on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, including “Die A Happy Man” and “Marry Me.”