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Top 10 Top Picks - CMA Male Vocalist Winners


The Country Music Association gives out an award each year to a male artist based on individual musical performance on records or in person. The list below shows the last ten winners from 1982 - 2002.

1. Ricky Skaggs - Don't Cheat In Our Hometown (1982)

Don't Cheat In Our Hometown - Ricky Skaggs
Ricky dedicated this album to the Stanley Brothers. The album spotlights both bluegrass and honkytonk material. Songs include the chart-topping "Honey (Open That Door)," and a cover of Bill Monroe's "Uncle Pen."

2. Lee Greenwood - Greatest Hits (1983-84)

Lee Greenwood's Greatest Hits
This collection of Lee's greatest hits shows his strength, which is in singing ballads, however there are some departures, such as "Dixie Road," and "Ain't No Trick."
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3. George Strait - Blue Clear Sky (1985-86, 1996-98)

The singles released from this album were the title track, "Carried Away," "I Can Still Make Cheyenne" and Jim Lauderdale's "King Of The Mountain." Other highlights to the album include "I'd Just As Soon Go," "Need I Say More" and "She Knows When You're On My Mind."

4. Randy Travis - Storms of Life (1987-88)

From track to track, Randy's absolute genius as a vocalist shines through. He burst on the country music scene, captured immediately the ACM Top New Vocalist in 1985, then swept the awards in 1986 with "Storms of Life." He took home the ACM Album, Single, & Song of the Year, the CMA Horizon Award, & won Performance Magazine's New Country Act of the Year. And it's not hard to understand why.

5. Ricky Van Shelton - Loving Proof (1989)

Ricky released this album containing rockabilly tunes and the ballads he was known for. Some of the songs included here are "From a Jack To a King," and "Hole In My Pocket."
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6. Clint Black - Killin' Time (1990)

Clint's debut album thundered onto the country airwaves in 1989, perking up ears and turning heads wherever his finely-honed tenor was heard. "A Better Man" moved swiftly up the charts, followed just as quickly by the title cut. It was country music as country music is supposed to be done, & people started to think differently about how "country music" was supposed to look and sound.

7. Vince Gill - When Love Finds You (1991-95)

The CMA male vocalist of the year from 1991 to 1995, Vince Gill has won more CMA awards than any other artist ever. Also Vince won three Grammy Awards for songs from this CD, "When Love Finds You" won for best Country Male Vocal in 1994 and in 1995 "Go Rest High On That Mountain" won for Song and Best Male Vocal.

8. Tim McGraw - A Place In The Sun (1999-2000)

Tim McGraw has come up with another winner, spawning four No. 1 singles with "My Best Friend," "Please Remember Me," "Something Like That", & "My Next Thirty Years." While this album doesn't include a duet with Faith, "She'll Have You Back," has a great honky-tonk feel to it. For a little South-of-the-Border feel, listen to "Señorita Margarita." Also, the title track really does shine

9. Toby Keith - Pull My Chain (2001)

"Pull My Chain" is Toby Keith's latest release and it comes on the heels of his highly successful "How Do You Like Me Now!?" album, which produced 2 No. 1 songs and his very 1st awards (Top Male Vocalist and Album of the Year). With a total of thirteen Top 10 singles and 5 Gold or Platinum albums in only 6 years makes a person wonder why he was overlooked for so long.

10. Alan Jackson - Drive (2002)

With three Top 5 songs, including two Number Ones, and the third sure to hit the top spot, Alan has produced another quality album. Alan Jackson truly has a gift of being great at any aspect of music, whether it is entertaining, writing, singing, or guitar playing - he gives it his all and it shows.

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