No way we’d leave the “King of Country” off this list! That’s just madness. George Strait is regarded as “one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time”. Maybe it has something to do with his cowboy look or his neotraditionalist country style. But we’re sure that it has more to do with the fact that he brought country music back to its roots, and far away from the 80’s pop country era. And if that’s not reason enough, Strait has 60 number-one hits – which is more than any other artist in any genre of music.
Call her Eilleen Regina Edwards (her birth name) or the “Queen of Country Pop,” at the end of the day Shania Twain is the best-selling female artist in all of country music history. Yes, really. The Canadian singer has sold more than 100 million records, and with hits like “Any Man of Mine,” “You’re Still the One,” “From This Moment On,” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” – we’re not surprised at her success.