Male country singers have shaped the genre with their influential and distinctive styles. From country music’s humble beginnings to the chart-busting performances of today, male singers have taken an active role in stage presence and sound.
- Johnny Cash As a performer for the legendary Sun Records, Cash was an integral figure in country music’s early relationship with rock and roll. Later in his career, Cash kept his reputation as an outlaw while still garnering praise from the industry. He won Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
- Randy Travis With his first number one hit, 1986’s “On the Other Hand,” this male singer began a long career of iconic country music songs. After a string of hits and awards throughout the 1990s, Travis moved to a more gospel-oriented sound. His 2002 album “Rise and Shine” won a Grammy, proving Travis’ dominance in both genres.
- George Strait One of the most enduring male country singers to ever don a cowboy hat, Strait has enjoyed a remarkable run of success since the early 1980s. Songs like “All My Exes Live in Texas” and “Check Yes or No” have become country music standards, justifying Strait’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Travis Tritt As one of the leaders of the male country movement in the early 1990s, this singer’s outlaw image helped him gain three number one hits during the decade. Tritt’s southern-rock-infused sound on the albums “It’s All About to Change” and “Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof” moved him into multi-platinum territory.
- Alan Jackson This male country singer first found success in 1989 with his debut album “Here in the Real World.” Over 40 million album sales later, Jackson has put together an enviable career. His name is synonymous with the modern classics “Chattahoochee” and “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” while giving a nod to his roots in cover songs like “Summertime Blues.”
- George Jones With his first record in 1954, this male singer embarked upon a long career filled with highs, lows and hits. His first number one country single came in 1959 with “White Lightning,” and from there Jones was off and running. His career culminated in 1992, when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Willie Nelson First enjoying success as a songwriter during the 1960s, this male country singer eventually proved himself as a performer. As part of the outlaw country movement in the 1970s, Nelson cemented his image with hits like “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” and “Good Hearted Woman.” Still, his most recognizable hit is likely 1980’s “On the Road Again.”
- Hank Williams One of the most revered of all male country singers, Williams is still influencing artists decades after his death. He first hit the charts in 1947 with the immortal “Move It On Over,” and gained iconic status with “Lovesick Blues” in 1949. His short and tragic life ended on New Year’s Day in 1953, while sleeping in the backseat of his Cadillac.
- Kenny Chesney With his relatable persona and must-see live shows, this male country singer has built success through a dedicated following. His first breakthrough album was 1999’s “Everywhere We Go,” which sold over two million copies. That album spawned the number one hits “You Had Me From Hello” and “How Forever Feels.”
- Garth Brooks As the artist responsible for bringing mainstream country music into the modern era, this male singer is as recognizable as they come. Brooks’ career is full of massive sales and country music firsts. His 1990 album “No Fences” has sold over 13 million copies, while 1991’s “Ropin’ the Wind” was the first country album to debut at the top of the pop charts.
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