Best of Country Music 2016

Best of Country Music 2016



Country music (sometimes just called country) is a genre of United States popular music that originated in the southern United States in the 1920s.[1] It takes its roots from the southeastern genre of United States, such as folk music (especially Appalachian folk music), and blues music. Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history.[2] Country music often consists of ballads and dance tunes with generally simple forms and harmonies accompanied by mostly string instruments such as banjos, electric and acoustic guitars, dobros and fiddles as well as harmonicas.[3][4][5] According to Lindsey Starnes, the term country music gained popularity in the 1940s in preference to the earlier term hillbilly music; it came to encompass Western music, which evolved parallel to hillbilly music from similar roots, in the mid-20th century. The term country music is used today to describe many styles and subgenres. The origins of country music are the folk music of working-class Americans, who blended popular songs, Irish and Celtic fiddle tunes, traditional English ballads, and cowboy songs, and various musical traditions from European immigrant communities. In 2009 country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, and second most popular in the morning commute in the United States.[6]

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Maren Morris
bornApril 10, 1990
Humble and Kind
"Humble and Kind" is a song performed by American country music artist Tim McGraw and written by Lori McKenna.
Carrie Underwood
bornMarch 10, 1983
Thomas Rhett
bornMarch 30, 1990

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Christopher Alvin "Chris" Stapleton[1] (born April 15, 1978) is an American musician and songwriter.[2][3] He is an established songwriter with six number-one songs[4] including the five-week number-one "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" recorded by George Strait, and "Come Back Song" recorded by Darius Rucker.[5] As a songwriter, over 150 of Stapleton's songs have appeared on albums by such artists as Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.[6] He has co-written with notable artists like Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow.[7]

After serving as the frontman of The SteelDrivers from 2008 to 2010, Stapleton released his debut studio album Traveller in 2015, which earned him several awards, reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and went on to sell over 1.7 million copies domestically.[8] Stapleton won the 2015 Country Music Association Award for Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year.[9] He received four Grammy Award nominations for the 2016 ceremony, including Album of the Year, winning two: Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance.[10]


Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr. (born March 30, 1990), better known by his stage name Thomas Rhett, is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is the son of American country music singer and songwriter Rhett Akins.[3] Rhett has released two studio albums for Big Machine Records' Valory Music imprint: It Goes Like This (2013) and Tangled Up (2015). These albums have produced ten singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, with six reaching the No. 1 position on the latter: "It Goes Like This", "Get Me Some of That", "Make Me Wanna", "Crash and Burn", "Die a Happy Man", and "T-Shirt". In addition to much of his own material, Rhett has also written singles for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, and Florida Georgia Line.

Top 10 Albums of 201610

Album Releases this Year107

Artists with New Releases69

Chart-Topping Artists100

Chart-Topping Albums79

Chart-Topping Songs141

#1 Radio Songs8

Top iTunes Songs10

Top NPR Songs21

Top SoundCloud Songs9

Best Reviewed Albums34

Best Reviewed Artists38

Award Winners43

Top Albums by Award Winners57

Top Songs by Award Winners53

Up & Coming Artists of 201613

Top Albums by Up & Coming Artists of 201619

Top Songs by Up & Coming Artists of 201614

Artists on Tour158

Popular Music Festivals26

Popular Record Labels19


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles305


Spotify - Featured Tracks208


News Articles26

Travelling Mabels to play Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre
  –  February 22, 2017
Band leader Keith Floen was nominated for the Canadian Country Music Awards Keyboard Player of the Year award in 2012. They were again nominated for the Alberta Group of the Year in 2016 by the Alberta Country Music Association. The Mabels draw influence ...
Texas Country Music Fest heads to County Coliseum
  –  February 21, 2017
A staple of the Texas country music circuit, Bowen released two albums in 2016: “Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother” and a collaboration with Randy Rogers, “Watch This.” Wade Bowen will perform during the Texas Country Music Fest at 7:30 ...
Port Lavaca native finds success in country music
  –  February 21, 2017
“In September 2016, I was nominated for several awards in Nashville ... each show supports and promotes classic and traditional country music by independent artists. “The Josie Music Awards, which recognizes artists from all genres of music, were ...
Country star Drake White delights fans with in-flight gig
  –  February 21, 2017
Country music star Drake White performed for passengers aboard a flight ... Accompanied by his guitarist and a washboard player, Drake performed his 2016 country hit Story and his latest single, Makin’ Me Look Good Again. Earlier this month (Feb17 ...
INTERVIEW: Trent Harmon Talks New Album & 2017 Plans
  –  February 21, 2017
From singing in church, through college at University of Arkansas-Monticello, to winning the 15th and final season of American Idol in April 2016, to his current career in country music, Trent Harmon says he loves "getting to be an artist right now."
Froggy 101’s Guitars & Stars lets young country artists shine at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on April 18
  –  February 21, 2017
Follese grew up surrounded by country music; his parents were both songwriters for the likes of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. In 2016, after a few albums with his band, he decided to get back to his country roots. He signed with Big Machine in June and ...
The Secret to Richard Lynch’s Success as a Country Music Singer/Songwriter is Authenticity
  –  February 21, 2017
His song, “A Better Place,” was named the #1 True Country Song for 2016 by Roots Music Report. Lynch explains that his music embraces the steel guitar, the fiddle, and three-part harmony: The songs that have a storyline that you can connect with ...
William Michael Morgan on Being Part of 'New Faces of Country Music' Show: 'It's Still Sinking In'
  –  February 21, 2017
This is a big deal for the industry to vote five people out of 2016 as the top new ... charting at No. 48 on the Country Airplay chart. Morgan also credits his management and Warner promotion team for taking his music to the fans. “I have the best ...
Old Crow Medicine Show Signs With Sony Music Nashville
  –  February 21, 2017
The group recorded this album live at the CMA Theatre in May 2016. It is already available ... They’re still never going to get played on country radio. But they’re more relevant and sell better (both touring and music) than many on the radio.
“An Instrument for Every Child” – Estonia strikes the right chord with an ambitious music initiative
  –  February 21, 2017
In 2016, the project accepted applications from kindergartens ... so crucial to safeguarding high-quality music education across the country, not just in its main hubs. To date, the most popular instrument that institutions have applied for has been ...
Nissan partners with Blake Shelton to bring its American TITAN to country music fans across the U.S.
  –  February 21, 2017
Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year ... and is the best-selling country album release of 2016. If I’m Honest recently became the first ever country album to win Favorite Album at the People’s Choice Awards.
Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1989, Part I
  –  February 21, 2017
Miller, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 90, had a Top Twenty country hit ... and that status resulted in an Ivy League education before starting a career in folk inspired country music. Carpenter signed with Columbia Records in 1987 and had her ...
Country Star Jason Aldean Lists Tennessee Hunting Ranch (EXCLUSIVE)
  –  February 21, 2017
up for sale at a smidgen under $4.6 million. Aldean, winner of the 2016 Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year and estimated by the bean counters at Forbes to have hauled in more than $43 million in 2015, acquired the picturesque rural ...
Margo Price's country music has a ring to it
  –  February 21, 2017
Margo Price's country music has a ring to it By Tad Dickens tad.dickens@ ... The record made many “best of 2016” lists and won her fans around the world. What's included? You'll get delivery of The Roanoke Times every day and access to all of our ...
Radio’s Top Country PD – CBS Radio’s Shelly Easton
  –  February 21, 2017
Thanks to the efforts of our team, 2016 was a great year: We relaunched a morning show ... Shelly’s commitment to the country music community has created relationships with artists and industry leaders that began as they entered the music scene.
Country singer Dierks Bentley making stop in Columbus
  –  February 20, 2017
The member of the Grand Ole Opry has been nominated for 13 Grammy awards and has had 15 songs reach No. 1. At the 2016 Country Music Association Awards Show, his name was called out as a nominee for male vocalist of the year. The native of Arizona and ...
Beyond The Shires: Your Next Favourite UK Country Act
  –  February 20, 2017
Yola brings raw, authentic roots music with a voice as big as the subjects the songs tackle. Sitting somewhere on the Eric Paslay end of the spectrum this band on the soft rock side of country won the Album of the Year at the 2016 British Country Music Awards.
Country star Eric Church cancels 25,000 tickets purchased by scalpers
  –  February 20, 2017
Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, file photo, Country music ...
Urban leads Academy of Country Music nominations
  –  February 17, 2017
FILE - In this April 14, 2016, file photo, Keith Urban poses in Nashville, Tenn., to promote his latest album, "Ripcord." Urban leads nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nominations as both artist and producer for his record ...
Carolina Country Music Festival announces artist Luke Combs
  –  February 17, 2017
Festival organizers say there will be over 30 country music artists at the four-day event. General admission tickets are currently priced at $179, VIP passes now run $399, and “Super VIP” passes are $1,099. The 2016 Carolina Country Music Fest took ...
Country Star Adopting Child from Africa, but Then Wife Breaks News That Leaves Him in Utter Shock
  –  February 17, 2017
Country singer Thomas Rhett wrote the catchy single “Die a Happy Man.” He even won Single of the Year at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards. Rhett made sure to thank God for getting him into singing and opening doors for him that led to such ...
Keith Urban leads Academy of Country Music nominations
  –  February 16, 2017
Miranda Lambert performs during the 2016 iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, Texas. Keith Urban leads nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nominations as both artist and producer for his record “Ripcord.” The nominations ...
Garth Brooks to 6abc: Philly knows its country music
  –  February 15, 2017
Garth Brooks, the 2016 CMA Entertainer of the Year ... his wife, and his love of country music. Garth Brooks, it's been too long! Garth: It has. Thank you for the gift of letting me be a dad and raise my kids. I didn't think there was a greater ...
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; Brad Paisley: Diary of a Player Exhibition; Heart of the South Diamond, designed by Johnathon Arndt
  –  February 14, 2017
Last year, at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards, Paisley and his wife, actress and author Kimberly Williams-Paisley, shared the very special jewel. Celebrating the 50th Annual CMA Awards, celebrity jeweler and designer Johnathon Arndt created an ...
Grammy Spolight: Few People had a Better 2016 Than Maren Morris
  –  February 10, 2017
Country music has a new superstar and her name is Maren Morris ... We first met Morris in January of 2016 right before her song My Church was heading to radio. WYCD was one of the first radio stations to play that record. We were early believers ...
Country Music Deaths of 2016
  –  December 28, 2016
Some of the most cherished voices in country music went silent in 2016, chief among them those of Merle Haggard, Ralph Stanley, Sonny James, Jean Shepard and Guy Clark. Gone, too, were the writers of such emotional treasures as “Then You Can Tell Me ...


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