Country style can compete in popularity with any other in the United States. This style is based on cowboy ballads from the Wild West, Irish and Scottish folk music, absorbed blues and rock and roll. The main musical instruments of this style are guitar, banjo and violin. The best country performers went down in the history of world music.
Carrie Underwood is number one on our list. She has amazingly beautiful powerful vocals, therefore, despite her youth, she won a huge number of fans. The debut album “Some Hearts” was released in 2006 and became the best-selling album of the year (over 6 million copies sold). After the release of her first album, Carrie Underwood delighted her fans with 5 new singles – “Inside Your Heaven”, “Jesus Take The Wheel”, “Don’t Forget To Remember Me”, “Wasted” and “Before He Cheats”. Moreover, each of them at different times occupied the first places of various country charts.
At the 2008 Grammy Awards, Carrie Underwood won Best New Artist and was nominated in two nominations (the second is Song of the Year). One of her hits, “Before He Cheats”, lasted 64 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and ended up as the third longest-lived singles in the chart’s 50-year history.
In third place on our list is Martina McBride, a singer-songwriter. She is known not only as a country singer with strong, clean vocals, but also as an amazing person. Every time you watch a video of the singer or see recordings of interviews at social gatherings, it’s hard to disagree – sweet, charming and nothing more. Martina McBride is called “Celine Dior in Country Music”. Her debut came in 1991 when Martina released the single “The Time Has Come”. Since then, the singer’s singles have regularly hit the top of the Billboard country charts. During her career, Martina McBride has released 11 studio albums, which have sold 14 million copies. The singer has received the Country Music Association award 4 times in the category “Best female vocal” and three times – the Academy of Country Music award in the category “Best female performer”. Her powerful vocals are easy to appreciate in “In My Daughter’s Eyes”. And she is especially romantic and touching in the performance of How Far:
In second place in the list of the most popular country music artists – Tim McGraw. For the first time the world started talking about him in 1994. During his career, Tim climbed to the first place on the US country charts more than 20 times, sold more than 40 million copies of albums, released a huge number of hits, including in a duet with his wife Faith Hill. Winner of 3 Grammy awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards. Another famous country singer Taylor Swift at the dawn of her career dedicated the single “Tim McGraw” to her beloved singer. Three singles by Tim McGraw were named Best Country Songs of the Year: “It’s Your Love”, “Just To See You Smile” and “Live Like You Were Dying”.
Willie Nelson takes the honorable 4th place, but not because of his voice or manner of performance. This performer cannot leave anyone indifferent with his guitar playing. Willie Nelson is a singer-songwriter, poet and actor. He has appeared in over 30 films and co-authored several books. Willie Nelson is a prominent representative of the so-called outlaw-country, one of the styles of country music that gained its distribution and popularity in the late 1960s. The singer has won numerous awards and prizes, including Record of the Year Grammy (1982, for a re-interpretation of the classic song Always on My Mind), Musical Legend (1990) and Lifetime Achievement (1999) ).
In fifth place on our country charts is John Denver. With the help of his voice, through his songs, he shared his feelings and experiences with the audience. It was hard to forget his performances. He began his musical career with several country bands, but achieved the greatest success and popularity in his solo career. For all the time he has recorded and released more than 300 songs, 200 of which he wrote himself. Most of his songs are about the beauty of nature, love for music, tests in love. 12 of his albums went gold, and 4 – platinum.
Hank Williams is one of the most famous country singers of all time. This amazing musician has become a legend of country music, an inspiration for many musicians around the world, and an icon for country fans. 35 of Williams’ singles hit the Billboard Top, 11 of which peaked at number one. He lived a short life, only 29 years old, but left a big mark on the history of country music. He managed so little and at the same time so much in 5 years of active creative life. Unfortunately, with the career takeoff, the performer’s personality began to disintegrate. The 29-year-old singer died in the back seat of his Cadillac. A bottle of whiskey was found next to him. It is noteworthy that his last single was “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” (“I will never get out of this world alive”).