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The Best Nashville Star Winners, Ranked

Updated June 1, 2019 133 votes 51 voters 1.8k views6 items

List RulesVote up the most impressive country singers to win Nashville Star.

Nashville Star is the country music world's answer to American Idol and winners of the reality program have launched incredibly successful careers in the country music scene. Famously associated with Miranda Lambert, who placed third in Season 1, the program boasts some serious talent when it comes to its alumni. While all the singers below are skilled, who is truly the best? Help decide here. 

Many Nashville Star contestants are beloved in the country music scene, taking home awards and releasing chart-topping singles. Season 4 winner Chris Young won the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the 2011 American Country Music Awards and, in 2017, received the prestigious honor of becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Season 1 winner Buddy Jewel's first album was certified gold and singers like Melissa Lawson and Erika Jo have seen their songs chart on Billboard Hot Country Songs. 

Out of all the contestants below, which musicians have the most talent? Vote up the best Nashville Star winners.

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  • Chris Young is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nashville Star Winners, Ranked
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    Season 4

    Notable Achievements:

    • "Drinkin' Me Lonely" (2006) reached No. 42 on Billboard Hot Country Songs 
    • "Gettin' You Home" (2009) reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs and No. 33 on Billboard Hot 100 
    • Won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at 2011 American Country Music Awards 
    • Nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at 2010 Grammy Awards
    • Became member of Grand Ole Opry in 2017
    • Albums: The Man I Want to Be, A.M., Chris Young, Neon
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  • Buddy Jewell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nashville Star Winners, Ranked
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    Season 1

    Notable Achievements:

    • Gold Certification for Buddy Jewel (2003)
    • "Sweet Southern Comfort" (2003) reached No. 3 on Billboard Hot Country Charts and No. 40 on Billboard Hot 100
    • "I'm There" (2017) reached number one on Power Source Christian Country charts
    • Albums: Buddy Jewell, One in a Row, Far Enough Away, Times Like These, Tales of the New West
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  • Angela Hacker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nashville Star Winners, Ranked
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    Season 5

    Notable Achievements: 

    • Music featured in documentaries Independent Lens (2014) and Muscle Shoals (2013)
    • Albums: The Winner Is...
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  • Brad Cotter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nashville Star Winners, Ranked
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    Season 2

    Notable Achievements:

    • "I Meant To" (2004) reached No. 35 on Billboard Hot Country Songs 
    • Albums: Patient Man
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