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Recommended Country Artists

You'll find various lists with suggestions on the best of various types of artists and their albums.
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Country's Top 10 Most Influential Artists
Trying to determine the 10 most influential country music artists of all time is a tricky endeavor. Beyond a small handful of very obvious choices, the waters get a little muddier, and the debate becomes a little more heated.

Top 10 Most Influential Women of Country Music
In honor of Women's History Month, I've compiled a list of the 10 most influential female artists of country music. The women I've chosen are based on their total influence on other artists, record sales, among other things.

Top 10 - Classic Country Males
Classic artists are those that have recorded prior to the mid 1980s. These are the stars we know now as legends. Many of them are sadly not played on radio, except for during an oldies session. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by classic country males.

Top Ten Picks - Classic Country Females
Classic artists are those that have recorded prior to the mid 1980s. These are the stars we know now as legends. Many of them are sadly not played on radio, except for during an oldies session. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by classic country females.

Top Ten Picks - Contemporary Country Males
Contemporary artists are those that have recorded from the 90s through today. These are the artists that are the ones you will hear most often on country radio. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by contemporary male artists.

Top Ten Picks - Contemporary Country Females
Contemporary artists are those that have recorded from the mid 80s through today. These are the artists that are the ones you will hear most often on country radio. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by contemporary female artists.

Top Ten Picks - Classic Country Groups/Duos
Classic artists are those that have recorded prior to the mid 1980s. These are the stars we know now as legends. Many of them are sadly not played on radio, except for during an oldies session. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by classic groups and duos.

Top Ten Picks - Contemporary Country Groups/Duos
Contemporary artists are those that have recorded from the mid 80s through today. These are the artists that are the ones you will hear most often on country radio. The picks below will comprise what I feel are the ten best albums by contemporary groups or duos.

Top Ten Picks - Country Hat Acts
To some, the term "hat act" can be degrading. Back in the early 90s, the term was tossed around to describe the up-and-coming acts that came on the scene wearing a cowboy hat, many of whom were gone in a year or so. But, these "hat acts" are those with staying power. They may wear a hat, but they can also sing their hearts out.

Top Five Picks - Female Rising Stars
These gals have been around for less than three years, and none of them have more than two albums released to the public.

Most Underrated Male Country Artists
A list of the 5 country artists that seem to constantly be passed over for awards and attention, even though they put out outstanding music.

Top Picks - Diamond Award Artists
The Recording Industry Association of America hands out awards when an artist reaches a milestone of 500,000 units sold (Gold), and 1 Million units sold (Platinum). When an artist reaches that point of selling 10 Million units, they receive a Diamond Award. The artists below are those who have reached this incredible plateau.

Top Five Picks - Canadian Country Artists
Canada has given us some great country music artists. The top five listed below are some of the most successful acts that are still selling country music in the U.S. today.

Top Five Picks - Male Rising Stars
These guys have been around for less than three years, and none of them have more than two albums released to the public.

Top Five Picks - Rising Stars Groups
These groups have been around for less than three years, and none of them have more than two albums released to the public.

Top Picks - BNA Nashville Artists
BNA Records Label is one of three labels that is part of the RCA Label group, which is a unit of BMG Entertainment. The BNA roster includes: Kenny Chesney, Kellie Coffey, Lonestar, Brice Long, Tebey Ottoh, Pinmonkey, and Rachel Proctor. Also included in this label is the sub-label Bandit, with George Jones. Only artists with released albums are listed below.

Top Picks - Lost Highway Artists
Lost Highway is a division of Mercury Records, and is home to the "O Brother Soundtrack," and the "Down From the Mountain" project, as well as Tift Merritt, Willie Nelson, and Robert Earl Keen.

Top Picks - Lucky Dog Artists
SonyNashville is a country division of Sony Music. Lucky Dog is one of four labels under the Sony Nashville label. Artists listed on the Label are BR549, The Derailers, Deryl Dodd, Jack Ingram and Charlie Robison.

Top Picks - Mercury Nashville
Mercury Nashville is a division of the Universal Music Group. The artists on the roster are Steve Azar, Terri Clark, Daisy Dern, Meredith Edwards, Tom T. Hall, Marcel, David Nail, Jamie O'Neal, James Otto, Anthony Smith, Keith Stegall, Shania Twain, and Mark Wills. Only artists with released albums are listed below.

Top Picks - RCA Nashville Artists
RCA Records Label is one of three labels that is part of the RCA Label group, which is a unit of BMG Entertainment. The RCA roster includes: Alabama, Tracy Byrd, Sara Evans, Andy Griggs, Aaron Lines, Martina McBride, Tommy Shane Steiner, and Clay Walker. Only artists with released albums are listed below.

Top Picks - Warner Nashville Artists
Warner Nashville is a sub-label of the larger Warner Brothers Records. The artists on the roster are Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Trick Pony, Dusty Drake, Sixwire, Tracy Lawrence, John Michael, Neal McCoy, and Elizabeth Cook. Only artists with released albums are listed below.

Top Picks - Country Females With "The Voice"
There are country singers that give you chills when they belt out a song. These are the singers with what I call "the voice." The list I've compiled below are today's country female singers that have the type of voice that can sing anything, and do it with power, or understated elegance.

Best of Classic Country Males
Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and George Jones. All these men are legends in the genre of country music. Whether you're new to country music, or have just not purchased music from anyone other than today's country stars, I've chosen three of the best from classic country male artists, so you can get a feel for the artists that paved the way for the stars of today.

Hot Country Guys Under 35
A photo list of the hottest country guys who are under 35 years of age.

Hot Country Guys Over 35
A list of the hottest country guys who are over 35 years of age.

Hottest Country Gals Under 35
A list of the hottest country gals who are under 35 years of age. View some eye candy of each gal, and the reason Matt chose them.

Hottest Country Gals Over 35
A list of the hottest country gals who are Over 35 years of age. View some eye candy of each gal, and the reason Matt chose them.

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