Chesney One of Top Country Artists of Last 25 Years

posted June 8th, 2010 at 8:15 am

by Josh Martn

Billboard took a look at their country singles and albums charts over the last 25 years and came up with a list of the top 25 country artists of the last 25 years. Coming in at number 1? King George. With 44 number ones, George Strait has the most country chart toppers in the 64-year history of the Billboard Country Singles chart.

Kenny Chesney made the list, coming in at number 8:

Tennessee’s Kenny Chesney embodies the dues paying and false starts experienced by so many of the genre’s most successful artists. Nashville’s major labels passed on signing Chesney, and he was picked up by Phil Walden’s Capricorn label. His first single didn’t click at radio, but met with critical acclaim — and eventually a deal with BNA, where he established himself as a bankable star with songs like “All I Need to Know” and “How Forever Feels.” Perennially one of the top touring acts in the country, Chesney’s chart history includes 17 No. 1’s on Hot Country Songs, and nine chart toppers on Top Country Albums.

Here’s the full list. Check out for writeups on each artist.

  1. George Strait
  2. Garth Brooks
  3. Reba McEntire
  4. Alan Jackson
  5. Tim McGraw
  6. Randy Travis
  7. Toby Keith
  8. Kenny Chesney
  9. Alabama
  10. Brooks & Dunn
  11. Rascal Flatts
  12. Clint Black
  13. Hank Williams Jr
  14. Shania Twain
  15. The Judds
  16. Faith Hill
  17. Vince Gill
  18. Dixie Chicks
  19. Keith Urban
  20. Brad Paisley
  21. Ricky Van Shelton
  22. Dwight Yoakam
  23. Martina McBride
  24. Travis Tritt
  25. LeAnn Rimes

What’s your thoughts on the list? Should Kenny have been higher? Someone on there you think shouldn’t be or someone that’s not on there that you think should be?

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  • sherry

    Kenny should have ranked higher on the list. After all, he is the most awesome artist EVER!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jtown_Dave

    I think definitely higher than Toby Keith and Alan Jackson. I really like those two guys but just think Kenny is leaps above them.

  • Deb Brinkman

    I couldn’t believe he wasn’t ranked in the top 3. Whoever put this list together, must have had more than soda in their glass. Gimme a break!!!!!


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