Billboard Reveals Top 25 Country Artists

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Billboard has compiled a list of the top 25 country music artists of the past 25 years in honor of the genre’s big week of Billboard’s Country Summit and the CMT Music Awards. And who should top the list? None other than George Strait.
With Strait’s several all-time Billboard records, 44 No. 1 hits on Hot Country Songs which is the most by any artist in the chart’s 64-year history, it is no wonder George would earn the #1 spot.
The list is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts from Jan. 5, 1985 through the Billboard issue dated May 29, 2010.
Here is the entire list:
  1. George Strait
  2. Garth Brooks
  3. Reba McEntire
  4. Alan Jackson
  5. Tim McGraw
  6. Kenny Chesney
  7. Toby Keith
  8. Randy Travis
  9. Alabama
  10. Brooks & Dunn
  11. Rascal Flatts
  12. Clint Black
  13. Hank Williams Jr.
  14. Shania Twain
  15. The Judds
  16. Keith Urban
  17. Brad Paisley
  18. Faith Hill
  19. Dixie Chicks
  20. Vince Gill
  21. Ricky Van Shelton
  22. Dwight Yoakam
  23. Martina McBride
  24. Taylor Swift
  25. Travis Tritt

With the updated version of the list for 2011, Taylor Swift earned a place in the Top 25.