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Top 25 Country Artists 1985-2011

Country music now has a presence in the UK charts on a regular basis.

We have all heard songs from Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts and Shania Twain in our charts recently.

To celebrate the genre's big week with Billboard's Country Summit, Billboard has searched the Country Songs and Country Albums charts to rank the top 25 country artists from 1985-2011.

With the list updated for 2011, Taylor Swift's huge showing over the last year has moved the 21-year-old into the top 25

The Top County Artists 1985-2011 ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Country Songs and Country Albums charts dated Jan. 5, 1985-June 4, 2011. Artists are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at the lower end of the chart earning the least.

The charts runs down in order from 25 - 1, with three songs from each artist.

Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw are not on Spotify, but do appear on other tracks, which I have put here. The Judds are represented by tribute bands.

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