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Guess Who's The Top Country Artist Of The Past 25 Years?
Yahoo Music ^ | Jun 7, 2010 | by Wendy Geller

Posted on 06/08/2010 12:08:53 PM PDT by US Navy Vet

Music-industry bible Billboard took the opportunity this week to comb through its chart records and compile the top 25 Country artists of the past 25 years--and who do you think is topping the list? Nope, it's not Garth Brooks, who I would say is a more than reasonable guess. However, Garth landed at No. 2, falling short only to George Strait.

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Never was a Garth fan. He was too chickafied for my taste.
1 posted on 06/08/2010 12:08:53 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Damn straight, George Strait! Texas boy!


2 posted on 06/08/2010 12:10:39 PM PDT by avacado
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To: US Navy Vet

Few decent songs (and I’m generally more of a rock guy anyway) but way overrated.


3 posted on 06/08/2010 12:11:22 PM PDT by RockinRight (I can see November from here!)
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To: avacado

He’s just as good live as on recordings.
An awesome entertainer.


4 posted on 06/08/2010 12:12:27 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: US Navy Vet

I thought it was the Eagles.

Maybe if corporate rock hadn’t gone country after Woodstock, country wouldn’t have gone more rock based...


5 posted on 06/08/2010 12:13:20 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: US Navy Vet

How could there even be a question that it was anyone other than George?


6 posted on 06/08/2010 12:14:19 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: US Navy Vet
Who is CHRIS GAINES?

7 posted on 06/08/2010 12:14:35 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: US Navy Vet

Is Garth still performing?


8 posted on 06/08/2010 12:15:37 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: US Navy Vet

“he’s the only artist in Billboard’s history to achieve top 10 singles in 30 consecutive years.”

He da man!


9 posted on 06/08/2010 12:15:49 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: RockinRight
"Few decent songs (and I’m generally more of a rock guy anyway) but way overrated."

You're a 30 something whipper snapper living in liberal Maryland! What do you know! ;-)

10 posted on 06/08/2010 12:16:02 PM PDT by avacado
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To: US Navy Vet

Garth = friend of Obama. I also swear he is a frirnd of Dorothy like Kenny Chesney.


11 posted on 06/08/2010 12:16:20 PM PDT by Frantzie (Democrats = Party of I*lam)
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To: US Navy Vet
Nothing sexier then a cowboy. *sigh*


12 posted on 06/08/2010 12:18:00 PM PDT by MissTed
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To: avacado

Why do you say that?


13 posted on 06/08/2010 12:18:51 PM PDT by RockinRight (I can see November from here!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Alison Krauss is the best, musically.


14 posted on 06/08/2010 12:18:53 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Frantzie

He did sing “We Shall Be Free...”

That song set my gaydar off...


15 posted on 06/08/2010 12:19:40 PM PDT by RockinRight (I can see November from here!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Billboard’s list:

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 (really?)
12. Clint Black
13. Hank Williams Jr.
14. Shania Twain
15. The Judds
16. Faith Hill
17. Vince Gill
18. Dixie Chicks (would have been in the top 10 if they hadn’t spit on their fans)
19. Keith Urban
20. Brad Paisley
21. Ricky Van Shelton
22. Dwight Yoakam
23. Martina McBride
24. Travis Tritt
25. LeAnn Rimes


16 posted on 06/08/2010 12:20:04 PM PDT by RabidBartender (The hardest part about tending bar is figuring out who's drunk and who's just stupid.)
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To: US Navy Vet
Sorry, I thought this was a country music thread. ; )

At the risk of sounding like a music snob, Nashville is too concerned with image and record sales for my tastes.

Straight is a fine artist, but I prefer the authentic (IMO) music of Buddy Miller, Thad Cockrell, Chris Gaffney (RIP), Scott Miller, Mike Ireland, Hayes Carll, Slaid Cleaves, Lee Ann Womack, among others.

17 posted on 06/08/2010 12:20:53 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Be wary of all politicians..... especially ones that you admire.)
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To: RockinRight
"He did sing “We Shall Be Free...”"

But it was offset by "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association".

He's slid to the left since his divorce though, I think.

18 posted on 06/08/2010 12:22:02 PM PDT by RabidBartender (The hardest part about tending bar is figuring out who's drunk and who's just stupid.)
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To: RockinRight
"Why do you say that?"

I was just teasing with ya. Did you see the smile/wink at the end?

19 posted on 06/08/2010 12:23:28 PM PDT by avacado
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To: evets
I will admit this to very few...but that was a great album!
20 posted on 06/08/2010 12:23:56 PM PDT by 4everontheRight ("America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." Tocquevill)
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To: US Navy Vet

Country music all sounds the same. Modern rock pretty much does too.


21 posted on 06/08/2010 12:25:20 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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It is interesting how current country music sounds more like 80s pop rock and 70s Eagles styled Rock sounds far more country.

One of the only places you hear the cliched version of the guitar solo (that became popular mainly after Eddie Van Halen’s turn on Beat It)...though very generic and downscaled...is some current country songs.

Garth Brooks’ music does not hold up very well considering how ridiculously popular he was.


22 posted on 06/08/2010 12:26:12 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: avacado
My favorite GS song is “Amarillo by Mornin’”...man that has the best violin, uh, excuse me...fiddle solo in any song!
23 posted on 06/08/2010 12:26:17 PM PDT by 4everontheRight ("America is good. And if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." Tocquevill)
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To: avacado

There’s only one equal to King George and that’s “my fiance’” Alan Jackson....I love, love,love him......I’ve seen GS at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo many times and he’s great but I still think AJ is the better performer!


24 posted on 06/08/2010 12:26:41 PM PDT by BamaDi (I'm praying for a bloodbath in '10)
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To: US Navy Vet

But Brooks left music in 2001 while Strait has stayed active. George is a sweeter more humble guy, but Brooks is sure a super entertainer.


25 posted on 06/08/2010 12:27:25 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: MarineBrat

I will agree.
Erika Chambers is pretty good on the fiddle as well.


26 posted on 06/08/2010 12:27:25 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: 4everontheRight
Yep, “Amarillo by Mornin’” is an awesome song.

Amarillo By Mornin'
Up from San Antone
Everything that I got
Is just what I've got on.
When that sun is high in that Texas sky,
I'll be buckin' at the county fair.
Amarillo By Mornin'
Amarillo I'll be there.

They took my saddle in Houston,
Broke my leg in Santa Fe.
Lost my wife and a girlfriend,
Somewhere along the way.
I'll be lookin' for eight
When they pull that gate
And I hope that judge ain't blind.
Amarillo By Mornin'
Amarillo's on my mind.

Amarillo By Mornin'
Up from San Antone
Everything that I got
Is just what I've got on.
I ain't got a dime,
But what I got is mine.
I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free.

Amarillo By Mornin'
Amarillo's Where I'll Be.
Amarillo By Mornin'
Amarillo's Where I'll Be.

27 posted on 06/08/2010 12:27:59 PM PDT by avacado
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To: MissTed

Oh man, thanks for posting that pix.....he’s one of the ones that makes a tshirt I have (Cowboys Butts Make Me Nuts) so truuuuuuueeeeee!!!!!


28 posted on 06/08/2010 12:28:16 PM PDT by BamaDi (I'm praying for a bloodbath in '10)
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To: RabidBartender

Hank Jr. 13th hmmm..

;-)


29 posted on 06/08/2010 12:29:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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His DaDDy was #1 and still is..


30 posted on 06/08/2010 12:29:37 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: avacado

George Strait big time. Go back and listen to Bob Wills songs and there is a lot of the Texas Playboys style in George’s music.
“80 proof bottle of tear stopper”.


31 posted on 06/08/2010 12:31:07 PM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: avacado

Don’t forget “Texas”

There wouldn’t be no Alamo,
No Cowboys in the Superbowl:
No “Lonesome Dove”, no “Yellow Rose”,
If it wasn’t for Texas.

I wouldn’t be a Willie fan.
Nobody’d swim the Rio Grande.
I wouldn’t be an American,
If it wasn’t for Texas.

Fort Worth would never cross my mind,
And there’d be no Austin City limits sign.
No Lonestar of any kind.
If it wasn’t for Texas.

I’d never’ve gone to Tennessee,
To sing my songs an’ chase my dreams.
Only Heaven knows just where I’d be,
If it wasn’t for Texas.

Fort Worth would never cross my mind.
There’d be no Austin City limits sign.
No Lonestar of any kind.
If it wasn’t for Texas.

It made me the man I am:
Thank God for my old stompin’ ground.
I wouldn’t be standin’ right here, right now,
If it wasn’t for Texas.
If it wasn’t for Texas.
If it wasn’t for Texas.


32 posted on 06/08/2010 12:32:21 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (I can see November from my house.)
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To: Texas resident

Yep, definitely some Bob Wills influence.


33 posted on 06/08/2010 12:32:45 PM PDT by avacado
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To: BamaDi
Cowboys Butts Make Me Nuts - LOL!!

That deep voice of Josh Turner just melts my butter too.

Gratuitous


34 posted on 06/08/2010 12:34:51 PM PDT by MissTed
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To: US Navy Vet

If the writer really thought Garth Brooks was a more reasonable guess than George Strait, then she is not a fan of country music. George started earlier, hasnt retired, and had a cd of his 50 No 1 hits. Not 50 hits, but 50 hits that made it to No 1. George Strait has been the king of Nashville Country since the 80’s.


35 posted on 06/08/2010 12:38:16 PM PDT by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: US Navy Vet

There is never just ‘one best’ imo because people have different music tastes.


36 posted on 06/08/2010 12:40:26 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: a fool in paradise

Flipping channels the other day, and saw Nickelback on CMT... And they sounded pretty much like everything else on there, which is sad.


37 posted on 06/08/2010 12:42:25 PM PDT by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: MarineBrat

I saw her on the tour she did with Robert Plant. Odd pairing, not sure how those two ever decided to get together and do music together, but it darn sure worked. A great show.


38 posted on 06/08/2010 12:42:46 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: avacado

;-)


39 posted on 06/08/2010 12:46:38 PM PDT by RockinRight (I can see November from here!)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Yep, I said, “probably George Strait” when I was still out in ‘latest posts’ and could only see the headline.

Interesting because I ‘think’ he’s the only one who was actually a cowboy. Was a ranch manager before his career took off and then more recently, for fun, he and his son, Dusty, did team roping.


40 posted on 06/08/2010 12:47:10 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying ACORN to destroy America! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: RabidBartender

How in the world would they put Martina McBride lower than the Dixie Chicks? But then, how did the Dixie Chicks even make the list?


41 posted on 06/08/2010 12:47:34 PM PDT by fish hawk (the)
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To: MissTed
Is that the dude that sang the "Black Train" song?

Thx

42 posted on 06/08/2010 12:47:47 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: US Navy Vet

YES!!! I am a Strait girl all the way. He is soooo HOT and talented!


43 posted on 06/08/2010 12:48:17 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: valkyry1

Top is about what the corporate industry is pushing. If you go back to the 1940s, ASCAP wouldn’t even publish Rhythm & Blues recordings (handle publishing rights, it’s different than the actual pressing of the record) or Country music (at the time the were referred to in the industry as “race” and “hillbilly” recordings).

BMI would publish these recordings.

Atlantic Records changed “race recordings” to rhythm and Blues (Jerry Wexler’s creation?). Don’t know who got them to stop calling it “hillbilly”.

Later, when rock and roll came out of rockabilly and jump blues, ASCAP still refused to publish it and then decried the “payola” in the industry that had always been there since the 1800s and is still there today. ASCAP couldn’t control the top songs anymore (because they had sufficiently rejected a large untapped part of the marketplace) and so they alleged criminal conspiracy rather than willful neglect on keeping up with the public’s tastes.

The same is true today as the industry blames their falling tv, movie, radio, and album sales shares on “piracy” rather than a Big Media empire that would rather dictate than respond to public taste.

“Top Artist” is determined by Billboard or other tracking chart rankings on sales and airplay (in the right markets). Has nothing to do with quality or public taste.


44 posted on 06/08/2010 12:49:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: FreedomPoster

I had a hard time dealing with that Robert Plant duet stuff. I much more enjoy her singing with Yoyo Ma.

Robert Plant is about a half step above the Rolling Stones. Frightening, really.


45 posted on 06/08/2010 12:50:12 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: FreedomPoster
A great show.

Agreed. And that was Buddy Miller doing the heavy guitar lifting on that tour.

46 posted on 06/08/2010 12:50:23 PM PDT by GSWarrior (Be wary of all politicians..... especially ones that you admire.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Listen to this voice FReepers. Listen carefully! Alison Krauss won my heart 15 years ago, and never looked back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjsjZWlRVvo


47 posted on 06/08/2010 12:55:08 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Osage Orange

Yes, that’s him. :o)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyRZTAmcW7c


48 posted on 06/08/2010 12:55:30 PM PDT by MissTed
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To: RabidBartender
Man, I consider myself a country fan, but the only one on that list that I love is Dwight Yoakam.

Most of today's popular country is just pop music with a twang.

I like Junior Brown, BR5-49, Alison Krauss, Buck Owens, Chet Atkins, Chris Knight, Eddy Arnold, Freakwater, Gillian Welch, The Handsome Family, Hank Williams (the first and third, not so much the second), Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristoferson, Mavericks, Patsy Cline, Robert Earl Keen, Steve Earle...

49 posted on 06/08/2010 12:58:27 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: GSWarrior

You forget Charlie Daniels... :/


50 posted on 06/08/2010 12:59:18 PM PDT by Svartalfiar
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