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Charts vs. Critics

The 11th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll

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To find out which country acts combined commercial and critical success, we compared Billboard Magazine's year-end chart of the Top Country Album Artists to the voting in the Nashville Scene's Country Music Critics Poll for Artist of the Year. For those artists who didn't make the Billboard list or receive a single critics-poll vote for best album, we put DNA for Did Not Appear.

Some acts combined commercial and critical success...


ArtistBillboardCritics Poll
Taylor Swift 2 3
Lady Antebellum 1 6 (tie)

Miranda Lambert 7 2

Zac Brown 3 6 (tie)

Carrie Underwood 3 9 (tie)

Brad Paisley 14 5

Sugarland 6 14 (tie)

Darius Rucker 9 12 (tie)

Jamey Johnson 22 1

Dierks Bentley 25 4

Jason Aldean 5 27(tie)

Keith Urban 23 11

... and other's didn't


AlbumBillboardCritics Poll
Carolina Chocolate Drops DNA 8

Elizabeth Cook DNA 9 (tie)

Justin Townes Earle DNA 12 (tie)

Punch Brothers DNA 14 (tie)

Chely Wright DNA 17

Tim McGraw 10 DNA

Toby Keith 11 DNA

Blake Shelton 12 DNA

Reba McEntire 13 DNA

Rascal Flatts 15 DNA

Luke Bryan 16 DNA

Brooks & Dunn 19 DNA

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