Special Report

100 Most Popular Country Music Stars

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60. Lynn Anderson
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 514
> Lynn Anderson Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 185,318
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 14
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Rose Garden (14 weeks)

The first female country singer to headline (and sell out) Madison Square Garden and the first to win the American Music Award, Lynn Anderson won worldwide fame for her 1970 recording of Grammy-winning songwriter Joe South’s “Rose Garden.” It not only reached No. 1 on the country charts, but also rose to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 — and remains among the biggest crossover hits of all time.

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59. Tammy Wynette
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 545
> Tammy Wynette Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 906,254
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: D-I-V-O-R-C-E (2 weeks)

Known as “the First Lady of Country Music,” Tammy Wynette is remembered for such poignant classics as “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Stand by Your Man” — just two of her 17 No. 1 country hits in the late ’60s and early ’70s. She was married for several years to the legendary George Jones and recorded a series of duets with him even after they divorced.

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58. Olivia Newton-John
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 134
> Olivia Newton-John Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 2,196,304
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 8
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: If You Love Me, Let Me Know (8 weeks)

English-born Australian singer and songwriter Olivia Newton-John is fondly remembered for her star turn in “Grease.” Newton-John has won four Grammys (one for Best Female Country Vocalist in 1973), posted seven top 10 country singles such as “I Honestly Love You (Let Me Know)” and “Have You Ever Been Mellow.” She also had two top-selling Billboard 200 albums. Recently, she has made public her battle with cancer.

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57. Don Williams
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 718
> Don Williams Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 294,657
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Harmony (2 weeks)

The so-called “Gentle Giant,” Don Williams broke into the music scene in the mid-1960s as part of a folk-pop trio called the Pozo-Seco Singers, then moved to Nashville in the early ’70s to try his hand at country songwriting. He ended up recording his first album in 1973 and going on to chart such memorable songs as “Tulsa Time,” “Good Ole’ Boys Like Me,” and “Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy,” posting 17 country No.1 hits such as “Heartbeat in the Darkness” and “That’s the Thing About Love” before his death in 2017.

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56. Trisha Yearwood
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 501
> Trisha Yearwood Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,131,703
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: (Songbook) A Collection of Hits (2 weeks)

Georgia-born Trisha Yearwood’s debut single, “She’s in Love with the Boy” reached No. 1 on the Billboard country chart in 1991, kickstarting a career that went on to include numerous hit singles and albums. Yearwood also had stints as a television actress (most notably on the military drama “JAG”), wrote three cookbooks, and had a Food Network cooking show. Married to fellow country music star Garth Brooks (see No. 1), she has won three Country Music Association awards and three Grammys, among other honors.

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55. John Denver
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 121
> John Denver Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 2,112,635
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 13
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Back Home Again (13 weeks)

John Denver parlayed his country appeal into crossover success in the 1970s with hits such as “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” two songs that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. The life of the Grammy winner from New Mexico was cut short by a plane crash in 1997.

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54. Kane Brown
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 325
> Kane Brown Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 1,627,466
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 12
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Kane Brown (12 weeks)

In his young career, Kane Brown has had eight No. 1 hits in the Hot 100 and 23 songs that reached the Top 10. His meteoric rise has translated into success in album sales, with three reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, including the No. 1 “Experiment.”

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53. Faith Hill
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 564
> Faith Hill Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 704,353
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 6
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Breathe (6 weeks)

Glamorous country superstar Faith Hill has had success both on the country charts and as a crossover artist hitting the pop charts. She has won five Grammys, among many other awards, and was named the No. 1 Adult Contemporary Artist of the 2000s by Billboard. Hill is married to fellow star Tim McGraw (see No. 6).

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52. Dierks Bentley
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 685
> Dierks Bentley Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 390,741
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 1
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Modern Day Drifter (1 week)

After he moved from his native Arizona to Nashville to pursue his love of music, Dierks Bentley scored a record contract and released his first album in 2003. More albums followed, leading up to “Riser” in 2014, which yielded three Top-10 hits, and the 2016 “Black,” which topped the country charts along with its first single, “Somewhere on a Beach.”

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51. Trace Adkins
> All time appearances on Billboard’s Hot Country chart: 656
> Trace Adkins Wikipedia page views in the last 12 months: 724,175
> All time weeks with any album at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart: 2
> Album with most No. 1 appearances: Dangerous Man (2 weeks)

Louisiana-born Trace Adkins mixes gospel, blues, and rock and roll with traditional country music. Adkins notched his first No. 1 in 1997 on the country chart with the song “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” and has added three more No. 1 hits. Four of his albums have occupied the lead spot for Top Country Albums, including “Songs About Me,” which was released in 2005.