Special Report

50 Greatest Country Music Stars of All Time

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Chris Stapleton

A prolific songwriter, Chris Stapleton, has written or co-written more than 170 songs, including six number-one country songs, including Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More,” Josh Turner’s “Your Man,” George Strait’s “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright,” and Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer.” On his own, he released his highly acclaimed studio album, “Traveller,” in 2015. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

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George Strait

Called the “King of Country,” George Strait bucked the trend of the pop-infused country music trend of the 1980s and brought the style back to roots with what is known as neotraditional country. It apparently struck a chord with audiences because seven of his albums reached the top of the country charts in the 1980s. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 2013.

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Randy Travis

Known for his distinctive deep bass voice, Randy Travis recorded 20 studio albums and scored 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, with 16 reaching No. 1. Unfortunately, Travis suffered a stroke in 2013 that has kept him from performing.

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Travis Tritt

Blending mainstream country and Southern rock, Travis Tritt has charted five No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart — “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” “Can I Trust You with My Heart,” “Foolish Pride,” and “Best of Intentions.” His acting career includes roles in “The Cowboy Way” and “Sgt. Bilko.”

Ernest Tubb

Considered a country music pioneer, Ernest Tubbs scored his first hit, “Walking the Floor Over You” in 1941. Also known as the Texas Troubadour, Tubbs popularized the honky-tonk style of singing. His last appearance was in 1982 at the Grand Ole Opry.