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Country Artists of the Decade(s)

Here is a list of the current artists of the decade. This list is from the Academy of Country Music Awards. This is the most prestiges award that the ACMA has to offer a recipient. The next most prestiges is of course the artist of the year. Look at this page for a complete list of the current winners.

2000s George Strait (presented 2009)
1990s Garth Brooks (presented 1999)
1980s Alabama (presented 1989)
1970s Loretta Lynn (presented 1979)
1960s Marty Robbins (presented 1969)

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Listening to the Music

Time and time again country music has proven that it is the most liked and listened to genre of music. Ever since it began to pick up steam and leave the farm in the 1920s country music spread from rural America to the big city. The biggest city for country music being Nashville, not New York.

Let’s take a look at this genre, because understanding it helps us understand where we came from better.

American Fold Music

This is one of two major influence on the music today. It it hadn’t been for folk we would have something entirely different today. Folk has instilled a tranquility to the genre that it complimented and to a degree countered by the other influences. Folk tells a story, it gives us the tranquility and peace that comes from a time and place that is long gone but very close. It is the heartfelt love song that tells us where we’re going and who we need to be to get there.

Western Music

The one two punch of country music is Western. It adds an element to the folk roots that take the music to a whole other level. The beats, pacing and other aspects of Western can be found throughout the genre, from the pop country to the traditional it is there. It is the alive and kicking spirit of Western life a hundred years ago. It gives country its spirit like folk gives it its soul.

Blues Music

Blues have made a substantial contribution to many American music forms. Country is no exception. Blues have a way of seeping into your bones, they tell a story wroth with trials and tribulations, country gives you the light at the end of the tunnel.

As you can see through these three rich and vibrant forms of music we’re able to enjoy a genre that crosses the gaps of culture, status and political and religious views. Country is more popular today than it has ever been before. Want some proof? Look at this list of the current top country songs.

The term country music was coined in the beginning half of the 1940s. There was a little contention to the common name for the genre and an alternative made itself present. I don’t knew about you but I prefer country to hillbilly.

Best of Blake Shelton

If you’re familiar with the country singer Blake Shelton you might have a hard time compiling a list of your favorite songs. This list of his top five might interest you. You may agree, or disagree, no matter what your opinion is share it in a comment.

5. You’ll Always Be Beautiful

You’ll Always Be Beautiful,” has so much going for it that it was hard to put it at position number five. But hard choices had to be made and you’ll agree that some of them just feel right. This song starts out as a classic country ballad, but quickly derails into the humorous.

4. Drink On It

Drink On It,” asks the question “can you drink away your troubles?” The answer to that lies in this song. And the answer may surprise you.

3. Draggin’ the River

Draggin’ the River,” is just one of those songs that slips in and endears itself to you on so many levels. One reason this song is so special is because of the beautiful heartfelt duet between Sheldon and his future wife, Miranda Lambert. The love in this song really shows.

2. Austin

Austin,” is an oldie of his but a goodie of his. The ability to leave a message when nobody was there revolutionized the telephone. It also made a big difference in the way we were able to help our love life along. Listening to the final verse of Sheldon’s “Austin” proves that. This was Blake’s very first single that reached number one.

1. Who Are You When I’m Not Looking

Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” is a question so deep it is hard for us to answer. We put on so many hats throughout our day that it is sometimes a hard question to answer. But that is why this song is so good, and it earned itself the number one spot on the list.

Honorable Mentions

Here are a number of Blake’s other songs that while they didn’t make the list, they deserve an honorable mention.

So without further ado:

  • The More I Drink
  • Sure Be Cool If You Did
  • Ol’ Red
  • Honey Bee
  • Some Beach

Top Ten Country Songs of All Time

This list will probably not sit right with everyone. Taste in music varies greatly, but even within a certain genre taste differ. You’re number one might be my number two. But you’ll have to agree that Patsy Cline makes a pretty strong argument in her song “Crazy.”

10. “The Dance” – Garth Brooks

Released in 1990, but recored in ’88, “The Dance” peaked at number one on the US Hot Country Songs charts.

9. “He’ll Have To Go” – Jim Reeves

Recored in October of 1959 and released a month later, “He’ll Have to Go” topped the charts on the Hot Country Singles chart in February of 1960.

8. “Lovesick Blues” – Hank Williams, Sr.

Lovesick Blues,” originally a show tune written by composer Cliff Friend and Irving Mills; Hank found the tune and turned it into the first of what would be many chart toppers.

7. “Today I Started Loving You Again” – Merle Haggard

Haggard wrote the song with Bonnie Owens and has acknowledged that “Today I Started Loving You Again,” was inspired by some very special feelings that he had for her. She has accompanied him since then in one capacity or another.

6. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” – Hank Williams, Sr.

Don’t cry Hank. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” recorded in September of 1949 and released later that year did very well peaking at #2 for Billboard Country Singles.

5. “El Paso” – Marty Robbins

Ah, Marty Robbins. The country and Wester ballad, “El Paso,” was recored in the beginning of ’59 and released in the Fall. This song is special because it made it to the number one spot on both the U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Pop music? I don’t think so, just popular music.

4. “I Fall To Pieces” – Patsy Cline

Patsy’s 1961 hit reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides. But this iconic tune has been used ever since in various media forms. Including the 2013 commercial (you may recall it) for Snyder’s of Hanover.

3. “Your Cheatin’ Heart” – Hank Williams, Sr.

Your Cheatin’ Heart” was written in ’52 and released in 1953. There is a reason that Hank has made a name for himself this one sat strong at number one on the Top C&W Records.

2. “Crazy” – Patsy Cline

Crazy” was one of Patsy’s most memorable songs. It was released in 1961.

1. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” – George Jones

Released in 1980, some of you may remember it on the radio, it has been hailed by some as the greatest country song of all time.

Early Country

If you’ve studied the history of country music you’ll probably know this already. But if you find the subject interesting you may want to continue reading.

It may seem like country music has always been a part of our society, and you would be right in that thinking. But the forms and courses it took, those are the ones that lead you to the music we enjoy today. Like many cultural aspects in the US the music we know as country came from the immigrants that settled here hundreds of years ago. Namely the immigrants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. These people traveled with little, they had little and they expected little. One of the things they did find the means to transport were their instruments. They were an important part of their cultural identity, the Irish settlers for example loved their fiddles.

The reason the Irish love their fiddles is easy to see when you know their culture. Fiddles are a very versatile instrument. They can just as easily play sad and sorrowful music as they can play light hearted and exciting music.

But those weren’t the only ones to shape the country music that we love today. The German’s brought their dulcimer, the Spanish their guitar, the Italian’s their mandolin and the West African’s shared their banjo.

All of these instruments shaped the sound, and they can be found today in one form or another. In varying levels of use. I don’t think anyone today can imagine country music without the guitar. Bill Malone, historian, said that county music gave the world a taste for the “southern phenomenon.

Folk is the expansion of Irish music, sharing its ballads and Old World Songs that now make up the basis for our old-time musical tastes. We are not to wonder why the musical roots of the Scottish and the Irish from Northern Ireland can be so heavily seen in the areas they settled nearly three hundred years ago.