Top 25 Country Artists 1985-2011


Top 25 Country Artists


Hard to believe it's been decades since country music's big renaissance blossomed in the '80s when Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis and Clint Black became household names. To celebrate the genre's big week with Billboard's Country Summit, we've combed the Billboard Country Songs and Country Albums charts to rank the top 25 country artists from 1985-2011. (For all the details on how this chart was compiled, please scroll to the bottom of this page). With the list updated for 2011, Taylor Swift's huge showing over the last year has moved the 21-year-old into the top 25.






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