George Strait Named Top Country Artist Of Past 25 Years
Billboard Magazine named George Strait their top country artist of the past 25 years (1985-2010).
Strait, who’s sent 44 songs to the top of the Hot Country Songs chart, beat out Garth Brooks, who has sold more than 68 million albums (and another 12 as Chris Gaines).
A Country Music Hall of Famer, Strait owns several Billboard records. He has 82 top 10 singles and is the only artists in the publication’s history to notch a top 10 single in 30 consecutive years (1981-2010).
Using the time frame of Jan. 5 1985 through May 29, 2010, the magazine looked at how well artists performed on two charts: Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums. Then they used some complicated formula, ironically devised by mathematicians so geeky they don’t even listen to music, to create their list.
Coming in at third is Reba McEntire (who is now just “Reba”). She is responsible for 23 number one’s on the Hot Country Songs chart. The only female country artist with more is Dolly Parton (25).
Traditional country music singer Alan Jackson came in at number four. He’s seen 25 of his singles reach number one on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Rounding out the top five is 23-time Hot Country Songs chart-topper, Tim McGraw.
Apparently Billboard has a chart called Hot Country Songs.
Surprisingly, Ray Stevens did not make the list.
This list, which was quantitatively constructed, has irked some country music fans. Billboard, who is highly regarded as fair and unbiased, basically just counted an artist’s time on the charts to create the list. Still, some are not happy with their tabulation.
Billboard’s Top 25 Country Artists of Past 25 Years (1985-2010)
1. George Strait
2. Garth Brooks
3. Reba McEntire
4. Alan Jackson
5. Tim McGraw
6. Randy Travis
7. Toby Keith
8. Kenny Chesney
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
One such complaint is with Rascal Flatts coming in at number 11. Some feel that may be a bit too high since they’ve only been around for a decade or so. Still, the “Flatts” have scored 10 number-one hits, sold nearly 20 million albums, and used over 350 cans of mousse during their career.
Also stirring debate is the omission or Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Yes, Swift and Underwood are relative newbies, but they’ve dominated the last one-fifth of list’s timeframe and they’re pretty hot. Maybe they should have deserved inclusion in the 20’s.
Some fans are grumbling because they believe several artists on the list don’t even perform country music.
Land of Punt settles that argument in the same way it settles whether or not an activity is a sport. If it’s shown on ESPN then it’s a sport. If it’s played on country music radio stations then its country music.
Oddly enough, country music fans will be able to see two of the top five artists of the past quarter-century out on tour together later this year.
Strait and Reba launch the fall leg of their “Twang Tour” Sept. 9 in Columbus, Ohio. It concludes Oct. 22 in Fargo, North Dakota.
The highlight of their 11-date excursion is a Sept. 11 concert in Nashville, Tennessee. That event, held at the Bridgestone Arena, was originally scheduled for April 28. It was pushed back when the tour was extended into autumn.
If you bought tickets to see George Strait and Reba in Nashville for the original date in April you will be able to use them for the upcoming September concert.
Joining the “King” and “Queen” of country music on their upcoming outing is Lee Ann Womack. She also opened for the legends when they were out on tour earlier this year from late-January through mid-April.
The duo’s first go around was an overwhelming success grossing $28.2 million.
George Strait & Reba Tour Itinerary
>>September 9 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
>>September 10 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
>>September 11 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
>>September 16 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
>>September 17 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena
>>September 18 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyTel Center
>>October 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center
>>October 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Wachovia Center
>>October 16 – Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
>>October 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
>>October 22 – Fargo, ND@ Fargodome