Year In Music 2014

The Year in Country: Luke Bryan Leads Artist List, Brett Eldredge Rules Radio

Jim Wright

2014 could easily be hailed as the year of Luke Bryan. Then again, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge and Miranda Lambert scored noteworthy genre success, as well.

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As the genre continues to grapple with a pronounced lack of solo female artists, Miranda Lambert finishes as the year's top female artist. She's the only solo female in the overall artist top 10 (and the only woman to score a top five hit on Country Airplay: her "Automatic" peaked at No. 3 on the radio list in June). Solo women were slightly more visible on the multi-metric-based Hot Country Songs chart, where Carrie Underwood earned two No. 1s: her own "Something in the Water" and her duet with Lambert, "Somethin' Bad"; the latter track peaked at No. 7 on Country Airplay. The only other woman who scored a top five Hot Country Songs hit in 2014: Cassadee Pope, whose "Wasting All These Tears" peaked at No. 5.