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The Best New Country Artists 

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Updated March 12, 2020 31k votes 4.4k voters 188.8k views 57 items

List Rules Only country artists who released no more than two studio albums.

Here are the best new country artists making some of the best country songs of 2019. Country music can feel inherently antiquated, given the genre takes pride in adhering to old-fashioned customs and traditions, but this doesn't mean new country singers don't emerge each year.

These trending country artists can bring a whole new perspective to the arena, modernizing country for a new audience, while keeping true to the medium's roots in the simple, timeless things in life. Who are the best new country artists? Browse this list to find out! 

In recent history, new female country singers have emerged to flip the script of the often male-dominated field. At only 24, Kelsea Ballerini has released two acclaimed albums and was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2017 Grammy Awards. Ashley McBryde - who can count established country icon Eric Church among her supporters - had The New York Times list her song "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega" as one of the best songs of 2017.

There are also many rising male country artists, like Sam Hunt, Kane Brown, and Walker Hayes. Other up-and-coming country music groups include Brothers Oborne, LANCO, Delta Rae, and Old Dominion.

Which of these young country singers is the most promising in the genre? Who were the best new country singers in 2018 and 2019?  Vote your favorites to the top of the list, and add any underrated artists missing from the list.

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Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Country Artists
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Christopher Alvin Stapleton (born April 15, 1978) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, ...more

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Luke Combs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Luke Albert Combs (born March 2, 1990) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Combs signed a deal with Sony Music Nashville, and the debut single from This One's For You, ...more

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#99 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #146 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #53 of 92 Ranker's Bests Of 2018

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Cody Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Country Artists
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Cody Johnson (born May 21, 1987 in Sebastopol, Texas) is an American Texas country singer-songwriter. He has self-released six albums; the sixth album Gotta Be Me debuted at number two on ...more

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#5 of 144 The Best Country Singers From Texas #9 of 52 The Best Country Artists Of 2019, Ranked #9 of 42 The Best Male Country Singers Of 2019, Ranked

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Midland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Country Artists
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Albums: Midland, On the Rocks

Midland is an American country music group formed in 2016 in Dripping Springs, Texas. It consists of Mark Wystrach (lead vocals), Cameron Duddy (bass guitar, background vocals), and Jess Carson ...more

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#13 of 52 The Best Country Artists Of 2019, Ranked #24 of 42 The Best Male Country Singers Of 2019, Ranked

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Cole Swindell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hope You Get Lonely Tonight, Cole Swindell, Chillin' It

Cole Swindell is a songwriter.

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#108 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #26 of 38 The Best Bro Country Bands/Artists #23 of 112 The Best Musical Artists From Georgia

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Jon Pardi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Country Artists

Albums: Up All Night, Write You a Song

Jonathan Ryan Pardi (born May 20, 1985) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer, signed to Capitol Nashville. He has released two studio albums, one extended play, ...more

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#94 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #7 of 26 The Best Male Country Singers Of 2020, Ranked #8 of 59 The Best Country Artists Of 2020, Ranked

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Lanco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Lanco, stylized as LANCO, is an American country music band consisting of Brandon Lancaster (lead vocals), Chandler Baldwin (bass guitar), Jared Hampton (keyboards), Tripp Howell (drums), and ...more
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Brothers Osborne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Country Artists

Albums: Let's Go There

Brothers Osborne is an American country music duo consisting of brothers T.J. Osborne (lead vocals) and John Osborne (guitar, background vocals). They are signed to EMI Nashville, for which they ...more
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Chris Janson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America
Christopher Pierre Janson (born April 2, 1986) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Janson has recorded two full-length albums, Buy Me a Boat and Everybody, through Warner Bros. ...more
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Dylan Scott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Dylan Scott Robinson (born October 22, 1990 in Bastrop, Louisiana) is an American country music singer and songwriter, better known by his stage name Dylan Scott. Scott is signed to Curb ...more
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Brett Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Brett Charles Young (born March 23, 1981) is an American country pop singer and songwriter from Orange County, California. He was a college baseball pitcher but took up songwriting after an ...more

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#40 of 56 The Best New Male Artists #129 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #20 of 26 The Best Male Country Singers Of 2020, Ranked

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Old Dominion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Old Dominion is an American five-member country music band formed in Nashville, Tennessee. The band consists of Matthew Ramsey (lead vocals), Trevor Rosen (guitar, keyboards), Whit Sellers ...more

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#23 of 106 The Best Musical Artists From Virginia #15 of 52 The Best Country Artists Of 2019, Ranked #17 of 42 The Best Male Country Singers Of 2019, Ranked

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William Michael Morgan ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Country Artists
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Kane Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Kane Allen Brown (born October 21, 1993) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He first came to the attention of the public through social media. He released his first EP, titled ...more

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Kelsea Ballerini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country pop singer and songwriter. She is signed to Black River Entertainment, and released her first album The First Time in ...more

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#29 of 60 The Best New Female Artists #47 of 157 The Top Female Country Singers #54 of 70 The Best Pop Artists Of 2019, Ranked

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Lauren Alaina is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Genre: Country and Country pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Road Less Traveled, Wildflower

Lauren Alaina (born Lauren Alaina Kristine Suddeth on November 8, 1994) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress from Rossville, Georgia. She was the runner-up on the tenth season of ...more

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Chris Lane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Chris Lane (born November 9, 1984) is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Big Loud Records and Big Loud Mountain management. Lane released "Girl Problems" in ...more

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Morgan Evans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Morgan John Evans (born 24 April 1985) is an Australian country music singer and songwriter. He released a self-titled debut studio album in March 2014, which peaked at number 20 on the ARIA ...more
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Maren Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Country Artists
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Maren Larae Morris (born April 10, 1990) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four studio albums. Her 2015 extended play, Maren Morris, charted ...more

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#36 of 60 The Best New Female Artists #54 of 157 The Top Female Country Singers #776 of 1,060 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

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Michael Ray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Michael Ray Roach (born April 29, 1988) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is signed to Warner Music Nashville, for which he has released his debut single, "Kiss You in ...more

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#38 of 52 The Best Country Artists Of 2019, Ranked #25 of 42 The Best Male Country Singers Of 2019, Ranked #8 of 16 Country Singers Who Are Single

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Jordan Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Jordan Davis is an American country music singer signed to Universal Music Group Nashville's MCA Nashville division. He secured a recording contract with Universal Music Group Nashville in 2016. ...more
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Danielle Bradbery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Genre: Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Danielle Bradbery, The Complete Season 4 Collection (The Voice Performance), Who I Am (The Voice Performance), Born To Fly (The Voice Performance), Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days) [The Voice Performance], + more

Danielle Simone Bradbery (born July 23, 1996) is an American country singer from Cypress, Texas. She won season four of NBC's The Voice in 2013, becoming the youngest contestant to come in first ...more

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#72 of 157 The Top Female Country Singers #123 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #11 of 18 Country Stars With And Without Makeup

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Ashley McBryde is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Ashley McBryde is a country music singer-songwriter from Arkansas. Her song "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega" was named one of the 54 Best Songs of 2017 by The New York Times. McBryde's ...more
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Tyler Childers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Tyler Childers (born June 21, 1991) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He released his breakout album titled Purgatory in August 2017. The album was produced by Sturgill Simpson ...more

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#179 of 332 The Top Country Artists of All Time #160 of 214 The Best Male Country Singers of All Time #8 of 102 The Best Musical Artists From Kentucky

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Carly Pearce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Carly Cristyne Pearce (born April 24, 1990) is an American country music singer based in Nashville. Her debut single, "Every Little Thing," peaked at number one on the US Country ...more