Entertainment The Best New Country Artists  

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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? Vote your favorites to the top of the list, and add any underrated artists missing from the list.

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Luke Combs is listed (or ranked) 1 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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770 221
Chris Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Country Artists
JoeYanicak added
Chris Stapleton is an American country, bluegrass, and rock musician signed to Universal Music Group Nashville. He is an established songwriter. with four number one songs including the 5-week ...more
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568 198
Cole Swindell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Hope You Get Lonely Tonight, Cole Swindell, Chillin' It
Cole Swindell is a songwriter.
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422 126
Midland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Country Artists
1longjeff added 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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204 27
Cody Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Country Artists
na361gi added
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458 186
Jon Pardi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Country Artists
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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377 140
Chris Janson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Chris Janson is an American country music singer. He has charted two singles on the Billboard country singles charts, and has written songs for Tim McGraw and Justin Moore.
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434 176
Brett Young is listed (or ranked) 8 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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603 285
Kane Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 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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409 171
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Madelyn_G added Blown Away, Carnival Ride, Some Hearts
Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has set and broke several records ...more
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366 157
Old Dominion is listed (or ranked) 11 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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341 143
Lanco is listed (or ranked) 12 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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350 151
Brothers Osborne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Country Artists
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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354 156
Lauren Alaina is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Road Less Traveled, Wildflower
Lauren Alaina Kristine Suddeth (born November 8, 1994), who goes by Lauren Alaina, is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress from Rossville, Georgia. Alaina was the runner-up ...more
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324 142
Dylan Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 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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426 213
Kelsea Ballerini is listed (or ranked) 16 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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257 106
Dustin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Country Artists
Madelyn_G added Dustin Lynch, Where It's At, Cowboys and Angels
Dustin Charles Lynch (born May 14, 1985) is an American country music singer and songwriter, signed to Broken Bow Records. Lynch has released three albums for the label: a self-titled album in ...more
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277 122
Michael Ray is listed (or ranked) 18 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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271 144
Chris Lane is listed (or ranked) 19 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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123 31
Brantley Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Country Artists
na361gi added Modern Day Prodigal Son, Just as I Am, Hell On an Angel
Brantley Keith Gilbert is an American country artist from Jefferson, Georgia. He was originally signed to Colt Ford's label, Average Joe's Entertainment, where he released Modern Day Prodigal ...more
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206 111
William Michael Morgan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Country Artists
jimmiejones added
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209 117
Morgan Evans is listed (or ranked) 22 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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202 119
Jordan Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 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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181 102
Maren Morris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Country Artists
EllieGore added
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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181 103
Aaron Watson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Country Artists
jimmiejones added Real Good Time, Live at the Texas Hall of Fame, Angels & Outlaws
Aaron Watson is a Texas country music singer.