Country music has roots that date back as far as the 1920s in the Southern United States. It has taken on many forms throughout its history from folk music to blues to hillbilly to rap but no matter the sub-genre, one thing is clear – country music is incredibly prevalent.

We can give quite a bit of credit to these most popular male country singers for making country music even more widely accepted and loved.

Luke BryanLuke Bryan

A singer and songwriter, Luke got his start writing songs for friends Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. He signed with record label Capital Nashville in 2007 and since his album release I’ll Stay Me, he’s enjoyed tremendous success.

Luke has sold over twenty-seven million singles and seven million albums worldwide. He’s been the recipient of the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Awards “Entertainer of the Year.” 

He’s released five albums and has headlined four tours. Additional accolades include Top New Solo Vocalist, Top New Artist and Favorite Male Country Artist to name but a few.

Jason AldeanJason Aldean

Jason signed with a record label called Broken Bow Records in 2005 and it’s been all uphill ever since. With this label, he’s released twenty-four singles and seven albums. All seven albums are certified platinum and he’s had fifteen singles reach the number one spots on Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts.

An additional eight more singles have reached the top ten. He’s had six headlining tours and has won several awards including Top New Male Vocalist, Album of the Year for his release My Kinda Party, Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for his vocal collaboration with Kelly Clarkson and their song “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”

Blake SheltonBlake Shelton

Blake is a singer, songwriter and actor. He made his singing debut with his single “Austin” in 2001 which was the single from his self-titled first album that was ultimately gold-certified. Also gold-certified were his second and third albums.

He’s appeared on the televisions shows Nashville Stars, Clash of the Choirs and has been on The Voice since its beginning. He’s released ten albums and his estimated annual income is $28.5 million.

Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney

A singer, songwriter and producer, Kenny has released twenty albums with fourteen of those albums being gold-certified or higher. He’s enjoyed success as a producer with forty top ten songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the County Airplay chart.

Twenty-eight of those songs reached number one. He’s been given the Entertainer of the Year Award from the Country Music Association four times. Other awards include New Male Vocalist and Top Male Vocalist. He’s released sixteen solo albums, a live album, a Christmas album and has been on fifteen tours.

Tim McGrawTim McGraw

Tim is a singer, songwriter and actor. His father was the famous baseball player Tug McGraw. Of the fourteen studio albums released by Tim, ten have reached the number one spot on the Top Country Album charts.

His album release in 1994, Not a Moment Too Soon is considered his breakthrough album. He’s won fourteen Academy of Country Music Awards, ten American Music Awards, three Grammy Awards and eleven Country Music Association Awards. He’s appeared in ten films and six television shows.

Keith UrbanKeith Urban

Born in New Zealand, Keith is singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. Before making a name for himself in the U.S., he released his debut album in Australia.

In 1999 he made his American debut with his self-titled album that was eventually certified platinum. From this album came his first number on single titled “But for the Grace of God.” Keith has released nine albums and from those albums he’s charted eighteen number one songs.

He’s also a business entrepreneur having started his own line of guitars and accessories in 2013. Some of the awards he’s won include Top New Male Vocalist, Best Country Album for Golden Road, Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

Garth BrooksGarth Brooks

Garth Brooks is known for his ability to integrate pop and rock and roll into his country songs with much success allowing him to cross musical genre boundaries.

He’s the best selling artist in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of American and throughout his career, he’s sold over 160 million records. He’s the only artist who has released seven certified diamond albums.

Garth has won seventeen American Music Awards and two Grammys. His induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame took place on October 21, 2012.

Brad PaisleyBrad Paisley

As a singer and songwriter, Brad has released ten studio albums and one Christmas album with all of them being gold-certified or higher. He’s thirty-two top ten singles with nineteen of those reaching number one spots. Throughout his career he’s sold over twelve million albums.

Awards include two American Music Awards, fourteen Country Music Association Awards, three Grammys and fourteen Academy of Country Music Awards. He’s also a member of the Grand Ole Opry which is considered country music’s crowning achievement.

Chris StapletonChris Stapleton

Chris is both a country and bluegrass musician as well as a songwriter. Six songs written by him have charted to number one.

Over 150 songs he’s written have appeared on albums by such great artists as Luke Bryan, Adele and Brad Paisley. It wasn’t until 2015 that Chris released his debut studio album Traveller. This album earned him awards for New Vocalist of the Year, Best Male vocalist, Album of the Year and it sold 1.5 million copies. He’s also won awards for Best Solo Performance and Best Country Album.

Thomas RhettThomas Rhett

Although he’s the son of the late, great Rhett Atkins, Thomas has enjoyed his own success as a singer and songwriter. He’s released two studio albums, both of which have produced singles that have landed on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts.

Six of his singles reached the number one spot on the Country Airplay chart. He’s won awards for Most Performed Songs and Top 50 Songs.