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The 13th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll: The Results



1. Jamey Johnson, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran (Mercury)

2. Dwight Yoakam, 3 Pears (Warner Bros.)

3. Iris DeMent, Sing the Delta (Floriella)

4. Kellie Pickler, 100 Proof (19/BNA)

5. Little Big Town, Tornado (Capitol)

6. Taylor Swift, Red (Big Machine)

7. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives: Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down (Sugar Hill)

8. Alan Jackson, Thirty Miles West (EMI)

9. Jason Aldean, Night Train (Broken Bow)

10. Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Kin: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell (Vanguard)

11. Zac Brown, Uncaged (Atlantic/Southern Ground)

12. Kip Moore, Up All Night (MCA Nashville)

13. The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers (Rounder)

14. Carolina Chocolate Drops, Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)

15. Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson, Wreck & Ruin (Sugar Hill)

16. Dierks Bentley, Home (Capitol)

17. Justin Townes Earle, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot)

18. Don Williams, And So It Goes (Sugar Hill)

19. The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter (Universal Republic)

20. (tie) Corb Lund, Cabin Fever (New West)

20. (tie) Lionel Richie, Tuskegee (Mercury)

22. Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Buddy and Jim (New West)

23. Willie Nelson, Heroes (Legacy)

24. Shovels and Rope, O' Be Joyful (Shrimp)

25. Carrie Underwood, Blown Away (19/Arista)

26. Jerrod Niemann, Free the Music (Arista)

27. Kelly Hogan, I Like To Keep Myself in Pain (Anti-)

28. Jason Eady, AM Country Heaven (Underground)

29. Old Crow Medicine Show, Carry Me Back (ATO)

30. John Fullbright, From the Ground Up (Blue Dirt)


1. Eric Church, "Springsteen" (EMI Nashville)

2. Little Big Town, "Pontoon" (Capitol)

3. Kacey Musgraves, "Merry Go 'Round" (Mercury)

4. Alan Jackson, "So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore" (EMI)

5. Miranda Lambert, "Over You" (RCA)

6. Eli Young Band, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" (Republic Nashville)

7. Pistol Annies, "Takin' Pills" (Columbia)

8. Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away" (19/Arista)

9. Miranda Lambert, "Fastest Girl in Town" (RCA)

10. Don Williams, "I Just Come Here for the Music" (Sugar Hill)

11. Band Perry, "Better Dig Two" (Republic Nashville)

12. Chris Young, "Neon" (RCA)

13. Dierks Bentley, "Home" (Capitol)

14. Brad Paisley, "Southern Comfort Zone" (Arista Nashville)

15. Hunter Hayes, "Wanted" (Atlantic)

16. Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (Big Machine)

17. Josh Turner, "Time Is Love" (MCA Nashville)

18. Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars, "Safe & Sound" (Big Machine)

19. Ashley Monroe, "Like a Rose" (Warner Bros.)

20. Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss, "Make the World Go Away" (Mercury)


1. Johnny Cash, The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Columbia/Legacy)

2. Various artists, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Light in the Attic)

3. Flatlanders, Odessa Tapes (New West)

4. Waylon Jennings, Goin' Down Rockin': The Last Recordings (Saguaro Road)

5. Jerry Reed, Unbelievable Guitar & Voice of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground (Real Gone)

6. Hank Williams, The Lost Concerts (Time Life)

7. Woody Guthrie, Woody at 100 (Smithsonian Folkways)

8. Johnny Cash, Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth (Columbia/Legacy)

9. Various artists, Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard (Tompkins Square)

10. Mel McDaniel, Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On: His Original Capitol Hits (Real Gone)

Male Vocalists

1. Eric Church

2. Jamey Johnson

3. Dwight Yoakam

4. Alan Jackson

5. Jason Aldean

6. Blake Shelton

7. Luke Bryan

8. Don Williams

9. Tim McGraw

10. Corb Lund

Female Vocalists

1. Miranda Lambert

2. Iris DeMent

3. Carrie Underwood

4. Kellie Pickler

5. Taylor Swift

6. Kelly Hogan

7. Kasey Chambers

8. Brandi Carlile

9. (tie) Martina McBride

9. (tie) Kacey Musgraves

Live Acts

1. Jason Aldean

2. Zac Brown

3. Eric Church

4. Miranda Lambert

5. Brad Paisley

6. Taylor Swift

7. (tie) Kenny Chesney

7. (tie) Carolina Chocolate Drops

9. (tie) Lady Antebellum

10. (tie) Old Crow Medicine Show


1. Eric Church

2. Hank Cochran

3. Iris DeMent

4. Miranda Lambert

5. Dwight Yoakam

6. Rodney Crowell

7. Luke Laird

8. (tie) Kacey Musgraves

8. (tie) Taylor Swift

10. Darrell Scott

Duos and Groups

1. Little Big Town

2. Zac Brown Band

3. The Band Perry

4. Pistol Annies

5. Carolina Chocolate Drops

6. Lady Antebellum

7. Shovels and Rope

8. The Time Jumpers

9. Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale

10. Old Crow Medicine Show

New Acts

1. Kacey Musgraves

2. Kip Moore

3. Hunter Hayes

4. Shovels and Rope

5. Jana Kramer

6. John Fullbright

7. The Lumineers

8. Florida Georgia Line

9. World Famous Headliners

10. Chelle Rose

Artists of the Year

1. Eric Church

2. Miranda Lambert

3, Taylor Swift

4. Jason Aldean

5. Jamey Johnson

6. Iris DeMent

7. The Carolina Chocolate Drops

8. Dwight Yoakam

9. Little Big Town

10. Blake Shelton

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