The Best of 2005: Artists

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Country Music Alive's Top 5 Artists of 2005

1. Keith Urban
2. Toby Keith
3. Craig Morgan
4. Gretchen Wilson
5. Sugarland

What a year for these artists. Keith Urban released a great new album, new DVD, Entertainer of the Year, and I know first hand that he is bringing in new country music fans. It only takes one artist to catch the attention of a non-country fan to grab them and get hooked.

Toby Keith just below Urban basically because Keith doesn't have the massive crossover influence ability. Yes, it is a strong one and a talented artist, no doubt. The new album is one of the best of the year and put on one great tour this year.

Craig Morgan has had his best year ever. The #1 song of the year according to Billboard, a long list of hits, and also one of my favorite albums of the year. He also has lead the industry in showing that you truly can be successful on an independent label, get airplay, and also continue to be true to the music.

Gretchen Wilson had a great year. One of the most anticipated albums of the year, chart success and her impact on country music is stronger than most acknowledge, especially on the single female mother.

Sugarland is in at #5 for their impact on mainstream music as well as their success directly in country music. They are a great group, but the true test will be 2006.