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The country music scene is forever changing, becoming more contemporary with pop/rock feel. I mean, take Taylor Swift’s transition from country to pop for example, it all flowed pretty seamlessly for her. So we’ve decided to compile a list of our favourite country artists and compare them to your favourite pop, rock, and R&B singers, to prove that country music is is worth listening to.
Highlights: This former university quarterback has been dominating the country music scene since the release of his 2014 album Montevallo. Sam won the New Artist of the Year award at last year’s American Music Awards and was up for two Grammys at this year’s ceremony.
For fans of: Usher and Nelly. With his R&B style influence, even rapping parts of his songs, this sexy singer is the country version of your fave ’90s artists.
Must listen to song: Take Your Time getting to know this amazing artist by listening to this hit song.
Highlights: Jana is newer on the country scene, but won Best Female Artist at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards.
For fans of: Meghan Trainor. Jana has a similar upbeat tone to her music that can be compared to the pop singer. You may also recognize this country darling as the diva Alex Depre from the hit TV show One Tree Hill.
Must listen to song: I Got The Boy will give you all the classic country feels.
Highlights: Luke owns the country genre and was most recently named Entertainer of the Year at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards and ruled the American Country Awards back in 2012 with a whopping nine wins.
For fans of: Justin Timberlake. This country crooner is a sexy married man like Justin that can definitely pull out the moves on stage.
Must listen to song: Country Girl (Shake it For Me). I mean, who hasn’t at least heard this hit song that is basically the epitome of country music?
Highlights: The country duo cleaned up last year’s American Music Awards taking home a win for Favourite Country Album for Anything Goes and Favourite Country Band/Duo/Group.
For fans of: Nickelback. Florida Georgia Line definitely has a love/hate following and distinct rock sound, which draws comparisons between them and the band we all love to hate, Nickelback.
Must listen to song: Cruise. This hit song was basically the summer anthem three years ago.
Highlights: Hunter is best known for his hit single I Want Crazy and has been a five-time Grammy nominee.
For fans of: Justin Bieber. Hunter is too cute and no doubt the equivalent of the Justin to country lovers (although he has yet to go through a bad boy phase quite like the Biebs did).
Must listen to song: Invisible. One of our favourite songs is off his hit album Storyline, Invisible features a more mature side of the singer. This track has since become an anthem for anyone who has ever felt left out.
Highlights: This authentically talented group may have been around since the late ’80s, but earned a Grammy just this year for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
For fans of: A Great Big World. The American duo’s hit Say Something is mimicked in Little Big Town’s emotional song Girl Crush.
Must listen to song: Girl Crush will give you chills for days.