The Web’s Top 30 Living Country Singers

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Willie and Dolly

On this, the week of the annual Country Music Awards, the time seems perfect to revisit this list.

These aren’t necessarily the best-selling country acts, although many of them are included here, nor is this a list of the most influential, although a handful of performers of whom that can be said can be found below. This list features the 30 country singers currently most prominent in cyberspace, as measured on our PeekScore scale.

The most pleasant surprises for us were the incredibly high showings of flat-out legends Dolly, Willie, and Loretta. And the biggest surprise was perhaps mega-platinum superstar Garth Brooks’ current PeekScore finding him just shy of the top 30.

Rank Picture Name Songs PeekScore
1

Taylor Swift Our Song, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together 10.00 / 10.00
2

Carrie Underwood Jesus Take the Wheel, Cowboy Casanova 9.99 / 10.00
3

Blake Shelton Austin, She Wouldn’t Be Gone 9.75 / 10.00
4

Tim McGraw Grown Men Don’t Cry, Angry All the Time 9.60 / 10.00
5

Dolly Parton Jolene, Coat of Many Colors 9.56 / 10.00
6

Shania Twain You’re Still the One, Man! I Feel Like a Woman! 9.48 / 10.00
7

Alan Jackson Don’t Rock the Jukebox, Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) 9.39 / 10.00
8

Faith Hill Wild One, Piece of My Heart 9.36 / 10.00
9

Toby Keith Should’ve Been a Cowboy, Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue 9.35 / 10.00
10

LeAnn Rimes Blue, One Way Ticket (Because I Can) 9.34 / 10.00
11

Willie Nelson Good Hearted Woman, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain 9.32 / 10.00
12

Eric Church How ‘Bout You, Guys Like Me 9.32 / 10.00
13

Keith Urban But for the Grace of God, Somebody Like You 9.31 / 10.00
14

Luke Bryan All My Friends Say, We Rode in Trucks 9.24 / 10.00
15

Loretta Lynn Fist City, Coal Miner’s Daughter 9.23 / 10.00
16

Billy Currington Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right, People Are Crazy 9.23 / 10.00
17

Trisha Yearwood She’s in Love with the Boy, There Goes My Baby 9.22 / 10.00
18

Jason Aldean The Truth, Don’t You Wanna Stay 9.19 / 10.00
19

Brad Paisley I Wish You’d Stay, Two People Fell in Love 9.18 / 10.00
20

Miranda Lambert Kerosene, Over You 9.17 / 10.00
21

Kenny Chesney The Boys of Fall, Out Last Night 9.16 / 10.00
22

Trace Adkins Ladies Love Country Boys, You’re Gonna Miss This 9.16 / 10.00
23

Reba McEntire How Blue, Somebody Should Leave 9.13 / 10.00
24

Dierks Bentley Settle for a Slowdown, Come a Little Closer 9.13 / 10.00
25

Zac Brown Highway 20 Ride, Colder Weather 9.11 / 10.00
26

George Strait Fool Hearted Memory, Ocean Front Property 9.10 / 10.00
27

Brantley Gilbert Country Must Be Country Wide, You Don’t Know Her Like I Do 9.10 / 10.00
28

Josh Turner Why Don’t We Just Dance, All Over Me 8.87 / 10.00
29

Kellie Pickler Red High Heels, I Wonder 8.84 / 10.00
30

Scotty McCreery I Love You This Big, The Trouble with Girls 8.77 / 10.00

Which of 2011′s Top Recording Artists Has the Highest PeekScore?

What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.

While none but pop music’s very biggest stars sell recordings in anything like the quantities of the pop stars of 15-20 years ago, pop music itself looms as large in the culture as ever. Below is a list of 2011′s top recording artists ranked not according to the quantity of units they moved, but according to the sizes of their digital footrpints.

Of all the popular artists, from all the popular media, none – with the possible exception of athletes – have taken to social networking the way pop musicians have. While the PeekScore is a measurement of an individual’s overall digital footrpint – taking in to consideration all aspects of one’s online life, both active and passive – it surely doesn’t hurt your score to generate your own content, and most of those below are doing plenty of just that (or are having it done on their behalves). Between this and their mostly enormous celebrities – particularly receiving attention in the youth driven music and gossip blogospheres – there’s not a meager PeekScore to be found below.

It will be no surprise to anyone familiar with the internet’s assorted celebrity fixations to see that this list’s top three names all are accompanied by a PeekScore of 10. Within that lofty peak of “Peek” there are subtle gradations, and these three do – as of this writing – fall into line, in sequence as you see below; meaning Gaga’s 10 is slightly bigger than Bieber’s, and so forth. (PeekScores do change over time, and if we were to refresh this list a month from now things might shake out slightly differently.)

Who were some of your favorite recording artists of 2011? Do you have any ideas for other pop music related lists you’d like to see us do? Let us know in the comments.

Rank Picture Name Recent Releases PeekScore
1

Lady Gaga Born This Way 10.00 / 10
2

Justin Bieber My World 2.0, Under the Mistletoe 10.00 / 10
3

Taylor Swift Speak Now 10.00 / 10
4

Lil’ Wayne Tha Carter IV 9.99 / 10
5

Michael Bublé Crazy Love: Hollywood Edition, Christmas 9.98 / 10
6

Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 9.47 / 10
7

Adele 21 9.34 / 10
8

Drake Take Care, Thank Me Later 9.11 / 10
9

Marcus Mumford (of Mumford & Sons) Sigh No More 9.03 / 10
10

Charles Kelley (of Lady Antebellum) Own the Night, Need You Now 8.10 / 10