1. Lady Antebellum – This group made up of Charles Kelly, Dave Hayward, and Hillary Scott has been considered the best vocal group in country music this year by many. Their hit “Need You Now’ was on the top of the charts this year and even ended up being a cross over hit for the group.
2. Keith Urban – Keith has been around for awhile, but still hits #1 status with a lot of his songs. He is in a very happy place in his life right now with daughter Sunday Rose and wife Nicole Kidman by his side.
3. Taylor Swift – Taylor has had an amazing year while she did her first head lining tour. Shows sold out in minutes for her several times. She is working on her new album now and things just keep getting better for her.
4. Carrie Underwood – Carrie had several songs reach #1 this year to include “Undo It” and “Temporary Home.” She was recently named the Entertainer of the Year at the ACM’s for the 2nd year in a row which made her the first woman to ever have this honor twice. Carrie was recently married to hockey player Mike Fisher in Georgia.
5. Blake Shelton – Blake just hit #1 with his new song “All About Tonight.” His hit “Hillbilly Bone” with Trace Adkins also hit the top of the charts earlier this year. He was recently engaged to Miranda Lambert after dating her for five years. He proposed on some of his land in Oklahoma.
6. Miranda Lambert – Miranda has been around for awhile and is just not starting to get the credit she deserves as an artist. She is engaged to marry fellow country artist Blake Shelton.
7. Brad Paisley – Brad had a most of his damage during the floods in Nashville. He was able to pick back up and get his tour started on time. His tour called “Water” has activities to keep the fans busy before the show starts. Outside of the stadium you will find water slides and other activities all free of charge with your concert ticket.
8. Dierks Bentley – Dierks has been a favorite to many for a long time. When he cut his signature curls off, fans were upset and then happy that he let us see it happen on one of his music videos. His song “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” made it to #2 on the charts this year.
9. Reba McEntire – Reba is one of those artists that keeps getting better with age. She is still making #1 hits and selling out shows. Her song “Consider Me Gone” hit #1 this year. This year she toured with George Straight and tickets sold for big prices selling out in a few minutes many times.
10. Zac Brown Band – This group is fairly new to the country music charts, but is worth being mentioned. They are heard on the radio all day long and competing for various awards at every award show for country music artists. “Free” hit #1 status this year along with their song “Highway 20 Ride.”