The Biggest Country Music Stars in the World

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Top country artists

Despite its American flavor, old-school country music is big across the world: the top artist globally, Alan Jackson, has millions of YouTube video views as far afield as Australia (14 million), Brazil (43.1 million), and Norway (1.35 million). Jackson completed his goodbye tour in 2022, having revealed the previous year that was living with the chronic, inherited neuropathy condition CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth). The revived interest in his work has pushed him to a number-one attraction in 12 countries, with a global listenership of 412 million for his videos.

Liberty Games calculated the most listened-to artists and songs over the past 12 months using play counts from YouTube Video Music Charts. To identify the top players in each genre, we first compiled lists of the most popular musicians in each category, then retrieved view counts per country for each artist.

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10. Toby Keith

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 148 million

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9. Willie Nelson

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months:  152 million

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8. Dolly Parton

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 184 million

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7. Tim McGraw

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 197 million

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6. Brooks & Dunn

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 222 million

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5. George Strait

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 268 million

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4. Johnny Cash

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 299 million

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3. Kenny Rogers

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 307 million

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2. Shania Twain

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 346 million

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1. Alan Jackson

Global YouTube Listens over 12 months: 412 million

See the complete list of every country's most listened artists here.

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Methodology and sources

To find the most listened-to artist in each country in 2022, we located each country's page on the YouTube Video Music Charts and isolated the top artist and country ranked by the number of views in the past 12 months.

The most-listened-to song in each country in 2022 was similarly found by filtering for the past 12 months on each country's page on the YouTube Video Music Charts.

To find the most listened-to artist of each genre in each country, we first compiled a seed list of the most popular old-school artists in the rock, hip-hop, classical, and country music genres. Each artist on the seed list was searched on the YouTube Video Music Charts to find their individual page, e.g., for 2Pac. Then we set the time frame filter for "12 months" and the location filter for "global." We could then find view counts for that artist in each country.

Finally, we ranked the top 10 global songs and artists by combining views across countries for top songs and by using an artist's total view count for the past 12 months as listed on their YouTube Charts page.

It should be noted that view counts for top songs on YouTube (those listed on the country pages on Youtube Charts) are sometimes smaller than view counts on Youtube Charts. More information on how views are calculated can be found on the Music Charts and Insights page.

Our data was collected Oct. 24-28, 2022.

This article originally appeared Libertygames.co.uk and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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