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Best artists in country

Stacker Logo By Betsy Vereckey of Stacker | Slide 1 of 51: Where do the best country music artists get their start? Many began singing or learning how to play an instrument as children, devoting their attention early on to the popular music of the rural South. Others segued into country music from different passions and found their way to the genre, singing or playing ballads and dance tunes on fiddle, guitar, steel guitar, keyboard, or drums. With tonight's belated Country Music Awards honoring the current best performers in the industry, now is a perfect time to see who's made it big in the music genre—and how they did it. Here, Stacker looks at the top 50 country artists using calculations based on weekly performance figures from Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums through 2019. Many artists who appear on the list were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Several of them even had multiple #1 hits in a row. Read on to learn which singer’s band died in a plane crash, who used to be a semi-pro baseball player, and what stars earned their claim to fame from reality TV shows. You may also like: The richest country music stars

Best artists in country

Where do the best country music artists get their start? Many began singing or learning how to play an instrument as children, devoting their attention early on to the popular music of the rural South. Others segued into country music from different passions and found their way to the genre, singing or playing ballads and dance tunes on fiddle, guitar, steel guitar, keyboard, or drums. With tonight's belated Country Music Awards honoring the current best performers in the industry, now is a perfect time to see who's made it big in the music genre—and how they did it.

Here, Stacker looks at the top 50 country artists using calculations based on weekly performance figures from Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums through 2019. Many artists who appear on the list were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Several of them even had multiple #1 hits in a row.

Read on to learn which singer’s band died in a plane crash, who used to be a semi-pro baseball player, and what stars earned their claim to fame from reality TV shows.

You may also like: The richest country music stars

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