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The Best New Country Artists

Updated March 12, 2020 38.9k votes 4.7k voters 206.7k views57 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Cody Johnson
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    Chris Stapleton
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    Midland
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    Genres (Music)Country

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    Jon Pardi
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    Let's Go There

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    Cole Swindell
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    Chris Janson
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    LANCO
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    Old Dominion
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    Dylan Scott
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    Brett Young
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    Tyler Childers
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    Kelsea Ballerini
    Kelsea Nicole Ballerini (born September 12, 1993) is an American country pop singer and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Lauren Alaina
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    Lauren Alaina

    Road Less Traveled, Wildflower

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    Maren Morris
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    Chris Lane
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    Ashley McBryde
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    Kip Moore
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    Kip Moore

    Up All Night, Young Love

    Genres (Music)Country

    Kip Christian Moore (born April 1, 1980) is an American country music singer-songwriter signed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Jordan Davis
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    Danielle Bradbery
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    Morgan Evans
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    Michael Ray
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    Kane Brown
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    Kane Allen Brown (born October 21, 1993) is an American country music singer and songwriter.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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