It's Not All About Broken Down Pick-Up Trucks and Wives Running Away With This List of Country Music Excellence



            “Imagine a dirt road, full of potholes, with a creek bank and some cane poles, catching channel cat’. I’m a little more country than that…” Country music has always been my favorite genre of music and always will be. It’s amazing how listening to music can instantly change your mood and provide you with joy and satisfaction in life. There are so many outstanding country artists, but in this essay I will discuss my top ten favorite country singers.

 #1 Alabama           

Number one on my list is Alabama. Alabama consists of several incredible singers including Owen, Cook, and Gentry. They have written song like “Born Country, “Mountain Music”, and “40 hour week”. The band started in 1969. They quickly became well-known for their blend of traditional country music and southern rock. Alabama was a band I grew up listening to on long car rides.


#2 George Strait

Second on my list is the famous George Strait. Many know him as the “King of Country.” He has a unique style that really hit off in 1981. His style includes things like western swing music and a honky tonk style. Some of his famous songs include “Ocean Front Property,” “Fool Hearted Memory,” “Letters from Home,” and “Heartland.” George Strait has had an incredible career thus far. His song writing is inspiring and outstanding.


#3 Alan Jackson   

The third greatest country singer is Alan Jackson. Alan Jackson was one of the most popular country artists in the 90’s. Alan was born in Newnan, Georgia on October 17, 1958. He grew up singing gospel music at home and church. Jackson got his break when Glen Campbell referred him to his music publishing company. Alan had a unique talent in songwriting. Some of his hits include “Gone Country,” “Summertime Blues,” and “Chattahoochee.”

 #4 The Zac Brown Band          

Fourth on the list is the Zac Brown Band. The Zac Brown Band reminds me of Alabama. They are amazing singers and incredible musicians.  Zac Brown, the lead singer, is one of the best acoustic guitar players I have seen. He uses unique finger picking that sounds incredible. This band is fairly new. They have been nominated for several CMT music awards. The band includes Zac Brown, Jimmy De Martini, Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Chris Frayer, and Clay Cook. Some of their most recognized and famous songs include “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride,” “Colder Weather,” and “Free,”


#5 Dierks Bently         

Dierks Bentley is Fifth on the list. I have gone to one of his Concerts in Salem, Oregon. Dierks is an extremely talented individual with great vocals. Dierks started his career in 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee where he currently resides. Dierks was voted the top new country artist in 2004. Some of his songs are “What Was I Thinking,” “Come A Little Closer,” and “Every Mile A Memory.” Bentley is a very enthusiastic singer with lots of energy and he is a great entertainer.

 #6 Rodney Atkins           

Sixth is Rodney Atkins. Rodney is a true country star. He grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee where he was adopted. Rodney went to high school at Powell Valley High in Speedwell, Tennessee. Rodney played his guitar in his spare time and played baseball.  Rodney started his career in 1997. Some of his hits include “Farmer’s Daughter,” “If You’re Going Through Hell,” and “Watching You. ” I have also been to one of Rodney Atkins Concerts in Salem, Oregon. He has a perfect country voice.


#7 Blake Shelton      

  Seventh on the list is Blake Shelton. Blake is known for his sense of humor and his outstanding vocals. Blake Shelton moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 17  in order to pursue his dream as a country singer. Blake is married to another famous country singer named Miranda Lambert. They just recently were married. They met at the CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets Concert. Some of Blake’s famous songs are “Austin,” “Some Beach,” “Ol’ Red,” and “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”


#8 Brad Paisley         

Brad Paisley is eighth my list. His style of music is a mix of traditional country music and Southern Rock. Brad, like Zac Brown, is an incredible guitarist. He was born on October 18, 1972 in Wheeling, West Virginia. He started playing the guitar at eight years old and performed at every event he could. His first band was called “Brad Paisley and the C-Notes.” Some of his most popular songs are “Mud on the Tires,” “When I Get Where I’m Going,” and “I’m Still a Guy.”

#9 Toby Keith           

Ninth is Toby Keith. Toby was born in Clinton, Oklahoma. He loved to play football and was an outstanding player. He played semi-pro football at defensive end for the Oklahoma City Drillers. Keith is known for his patriotic songs and country outlook on life. He has written and performed songs like “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” “American Ride,” and “Beer For My Horses.” Toby’s dad was a soldier and he taught them to respect veterans. Toby Keith will be performing here in Oregon this summer. I plan to go to see his concert.

#10 Tim McGraw            

Last on the list is Tim McGraw. Tim is a singer and an actor. A lot of his songs have reached the top of the country music charts. Tim’s biological dad, Tug McGraw, was a professional baseball player. Tim grew up playing competitive sports. Tim didn’t start playing the guitar until college and his roommates used to hide the guitar from him because he sounded so bad at first. He later dropped out of college to head to Nashville to pursue a musical career. Tim is an exceptional country singer. Some of his top hits include “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Southern Voice,” and “The Cowboy in Me.”

            These are only a few of the many great country singers that have an outstanding talent. Country music always seems to make me happy and reminds me of many memorable experiences that I have had. Growing up, when we would go on long vacations in the car, country music was the only thing that we listened to. Country music represents America, the outdoors, and hard work.