The Web’s Top 30 Country Singers, According to PeekScore

Carrie and Willie
On Wednesday night, the CMT Music Awards took place; an awards ceremony slightly different than Nashville’s two other big pageants (the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Association Awards) as it’s voted on by the fans.

Carrie Underwood — making her first awards-show appearance since the birth of her son Isaiah in February — made the strongest showing during the ceremony; performing her single “Little Toy Guns” and ending the night with three awards to call her own.

Inspired by the buzz surrounding this auspicious occasion, we’ve decided to revisit our list of the Web’s most popular living country singers.

These aren’t necessarily the best-selling country acts, although many of them are included here, nor is this a list of the most influential, although a handful of performers of whom that can be said can also be found below.

What this list features specifically are the 30 country singers currently most prominent and influential in cyberspace, as measured by our PeekScore scale.

Willie and Dolly
The most pleasant surprises for us are the incredibly high showings of flat-out legends Dolly, Willie, and Loretta. And the biggest surprise overall is most certainly the best-selling country artist of all-time, Mr. Garth Brooks’ current PeekScore finding him just cracking the very bottom of this list. His years of famously shunning the online world and social media — in a genre where most of his peers, predecessors, and juniors have embraced all of that — are clearly responsible.

PLEASE NOTE: In a move some might find controversial, but others will welcome eagerly, we’ve not included Taylor Swift in this survey. Let’s face it, her newest album has about as much to do with country — by even the broadest definitions — as Rihanna’s last album. That said, were she on this list, she’d handily top it with a perfect PeekScore of 10.

Rank Picture Name Songs PeekScore

Carrie Underwood Jesus Take the Wheel, Cowboy Casanova 10.00 / 10.00

Blake Shelton Austin, She Wouldn’t Be Gone 9.75 / 10.00

Tim McGraw Grown Men Don’t Cry, Angry All the Time 9.60 / 10.00

Dolly Parton Jolene, Coat of Many Colors 9.56 / 10.00

Shania Twain You’re Still the One, Man! I Feel Like a Woman! 9.48 / 10.00

Alan Jackson Don’t Rock the Jukebox, Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) 9.39 / 10.00

Faith Hill Wild One, Piece of My Heart 9.36 / 10.00

Toby Keith Should’ve Been a Cowboy, Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue 9.35 / 10.00

LeAnn Rimes Blue, One Way Ticket (Because I Can) 9.34 / 10.00

Willie Nelson Good Hearted Woman, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 9.32 / 10.00

Eric Church How ‘Bout You, Guys Like Me 9.32 / 10.00

Keith Urban But for the Grace of God, Somebody Like You 9.31 / 10.00

Luke Bryan All My Friends Say, We Rode in Trucks 9.24 / 10.00

Loretta Lynn Fist City, Coal Miner’s Daughter 9.23 / 10.00

Billy Currington Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right, People Are Crazy 9.23 / 10.00

Trisha Yearwood She’s in Love with the Boy, There Goes My Baby 9.22 / 10.00

Jason Aldean The Truth, Don’t You Wanna Stay 9.19 / 10.00

Brad Paisley I Wish You’d Stay, Two People Fell in Love 9.18 / 10.00

Miranda Lambert Kerosene, Over You 9.17 / 10.00

Kenny Chesney The Boys of Fall, Out Last Night 9.16 / 10.00

Trace Adkins Ladies Love Country Boys, You’re Gonna Miss This 9.16 / 10.00

Reba McEntire How Blue, Somebody Should Leave 9.13 / 10.00

Dierks Bentley Settle for a Slowdown, Come a Little Closer 9.13 / 10.00

Zac Brown Highway 20 Ride, Colder Weather 9.11 / 10.00

George Strait Fool Hearted Memory, Ocean Front Property 9.10 / 10.00

Brantley Gilbert Country Must Be Country Wide, You Don’t Know Her Like I Do 9.10 / 10.00

Josh Turner Why Don’t We Just Dance, All Over Me 8.87 / 10.00

Kellie Pickler Red High Heels, I Wonder 8.84 / 10.00

Scotty McCreery I Love You This Big, The Trouble with Girls 8.77 / 10.00

Garth Brooks Rodeo, Friends in Low Places 8.26 / 10.00