Are you a fan of country music? Ever wondered who the richest artists are? Well then, you’re in luck because that’s exactly what we’ll be going over below. Keep reading to learn more!
Top 10 Richest Country Singers of 2023
10. Carrie Underwood – $150 Million
Carrie Underwood rose to fame after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Shortly afterward, she released her single “Inside Your Heaven”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was followed by her debut album, Some Hearts, which featured several crossover singles including “Before He Cheats” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”
Fast forward to 2023, and she has released a total of nine albums and has headlined a number of tours. Some of her most popular hits include “All-American Girl”, “Just a Dream”, “Temporary Home”, “Remind Me (with Brad Paisley)”, “Good Girl”, “Something in the Water”, and “Something’ Bad (with Miranda Lambert)”. She has also collaborated with many artists including Aerosmith, Keith Urban, Needtobreathe, David Bisbal, John Legend, and several others.
One of the best-selling female country artists of all time, she has sold more than 70 million records worldwide. Her work has also earned her a number of accolades including 12 Billboard Music Awards, 8 Grammy Awards, and 17 American Music Awards. Not only that but she has also been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Time Magazine has also listed her as one of the most influential people in the world.
9. Luke Bryan – $160 Million
Luke Bryan began his career writing songs for Billy Currington and Travis Tritt. It wasn’t until 2007 that he signed with Capitol Nashville and launched his own music career. His debut album I’ll Stay Me was released soon afterward. Produced by Jeff Stevens, it spawned three singles, “All My Friends Say”, “Country Man”, and “We Rode In Trucks” and reached number two on the US Top Country Albums chart.
Since then, he has followed up with several additional albums including Doin’ My Thing, Crash My Party, Tailgates & Tanlines, Spring Break…Here to Party, Kill the Lights, What Makes You Country, and Born Here Live Here Die Here, the most recent of which came out in 2020. Some of his most noteworthy singles include “Rain Is a Good Thing”, “Someone Else Calling You Baby”, “That’s My Kind of Night”, Kick the Dust Up”, “Play It Again”, and “Strip It Down.” In total, he has released more than two dozen number-one hits.
And like many artists, he has made several appearances on television. For one thing, he co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards alongside Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton from 2013 to 2017. He has also appeared in The Voice, American Idol, and Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time.
8. Faith Hill – $165 Million
Faith Hill is a successful country singer with many awards under her name including five Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards. She launched her music career in the early 90s with the albums It Matters to Me and Take Me As I Am, both of which were major hits.
From there, she gained mainstream attention with her next two albums, Breathe and Faith, the former of which became one of the best-selling country albums of all time. Then in 2001, she recorded “There You’ll Be” for the film Pearl Harbor, for which she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Since then, she has released four additional albums—Cry, Fireflies, Joy to the World, and The Rest of Our Life, the latter of which was a collaboration with Tim McGraw. She has also appeared in a number of TV shows including The Stepford Wives, CMT Crossroads, The Voice, and The World’s Best.
In 2021, she also made a guest appearance in the drama series Yellowstone. She later reprised her role in the prequel 1883, which ran from December 2021 to February 2022.
7. Kenny Chesney – $185 Million
Kenny Chesney is a country music singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Throughout his career, he has recorded over 20 albums including In My Wildest Dreams, Me and You, All I Need to Know, Everywhere We Go, I Will Stand, and No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.
His most recent studio album, Here and Now, was released on May 1, 2020 and consisted of twelve tracks including “Here and Now”, “Knowing You”, “Happy Does”, “Tip of My Tongue”, and “Guys Named Captain.” Praised by critics, it topped both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums charts and has since received gold certification from the RIAA.
Some of his most popular songs include “Me and You”, “That’s Why I’m Here”, “You Had Me From Hellow”, “How Forever Feels”, “The Good Stuff”, “There Goes My Life”, “The Woman with You”, and “Anything But Mine.” He has also headlined many tours since the late 90s. In fact, he just recently embarked on the Here and Now Tour in support of his latest album, which consisted of 41 shows across North America.
6. George Strait – $ 300 Million
George Strait, aka the “King of Country”, is considered one of the most influential singers of all time. He began his career in the early 80s with the single “Unwound” and eventually came out with several albums including Strait Country, Strait From the Heart, Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind, and Right or Wrong, all of which were commercial hits.
Several years later, he won his first Grammy Award for the album Troubadour, which spawned the singles, “I Saw God Today”, “River of Love”, and “Troubadour.” By then, he had also been elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame and had received the CMA Entertainment of the Year Award several times.
Nowadays, he also holds the record for the most number one singles, albums, platinum albums, and gold albums, in the history of country music.
Fast forward to 2023, and he has more than 30 albums to his name. His most recent project, Honky Tonk Time Machine, came out in 2019 and featured 13 tracks including “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”, “Sometimes Love”, “The Weight of the Badge”, “Take Me Away”, and “God and Country Music (ft. Harvey Strait)”. Praised by critics, it entered the Billboard 200 at number four with 51,000 album equivalent units. Not only that, but it also charted in Canada and in Australia.
5. Toby Keith – $365 Million
Toby Keith launched his music career in the early 90s with the albums Toby Keith, Blue Moon, Boomstown, and Dream Walkin’, all of which have received gold or higher certification from the RIAA. His 1993 single “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” also topped the music charts and became the most-played country song of the decade.
Several years later, he released his next breakthrough hit, “How Do You Like Me Know”, which became the number one country song of the year. A series of albums soon followed including Unleashed, Pull My Chain, and Shock’n Y’all, the latter of which spawned the singles “I Love This Bar”, “Whiskey Girl”, and “American Soldier.”
After Dreamworks Records Nashville closed in 2005, he launched his own label, Show Dog Nashville, through which he released ten albums including White Trash With Money, Drinks After Work, That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy, Peso In My Pocket, and American Ride.
In 2006, he also made his acting debut in the film Broken Bridges. He later co-starred in the 2008 comedy Beer for My Horses alongside comedian Rodney Carrington.
And in 2021, he received the National Medal of Arts award from President Donald Trump.
4. Taylor Swift – $400 Million
Taylor Swift made her debut in 2006 with her eponymous studio album, Taylor Swift, which topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for 24 weeks. Not only did it earn her her first Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist, but it also spawned two hit singles—“Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Our Song”.
Several albums soon followed including Fearless and Speak Now, both of which were commercial successes, as were their singles “You Belong With Me”, “Love Story”, and “Back to December.”
Since then, he has come out with many chart-topping tracks including “Blank Space”, “Shake It Off”, and “Bad Blood.” She also released two indie folk and alternative rock-style albums, Evermore and Folklore in 2020. An upcoming tenth album titled, Midnights, has also been announced and is set to be released later this fall.
Not only is she one of the best-selling singers of all time with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, but she has also won 11 Grammy Awards, 34 American Music Awards, and 29 Billboard Music Awards, among many other accolades. That’s not all, she has also been named Artist of the Decade and Woman of the Decade by many publications
3. Garth Brooks – $400 Million
Garth Brooks is the only singer to have released nine albums, all of which have received diamond certification in the United States. One of the world’s best-selling artists, he has sold over 170 million records worldwide and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fam, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
His first album, Garth Brooks, was released in 1989 through Capitol Nashville. Not only did it peak at number two on the Top Country Albums Chart, but it also reached number 13 on the Billboard 200. It also spawned four hit singles—“If Tomorrow Never Comes”, “The Dance”, “Not Counting You”, and “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”.
By 2020, he had released a total of eleven studio albums. Some of his number one hits include “The Dance”, “Friends in Low Places”, “What She’s Doing Now”, “She’s Every Woman”, “The River”, More Than a Memory”, and “The Thunder Rolls.”
More recently in 2021, he released “That’s What Cowboys Do”, which peaked at number 33 on the US Country Albums chart.
In 2016, he also joined the eleventh season of The Voice as one of the show’s mentors.
2. Shania Twain – $400 Million
Shania Twain, also known as the “Queen of Country Pop”, is one of the best-selling female country singers of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Born and raised in Ontario, she released her self-titled debut album in 1993. However, it wasn’t until the release of her second album, The Woman In Me, that she rose to fame. Not only did it earn her a Grammy Award, but it also spawned a number of hit singles including “Any Man of Mine.”
Her next album, Come On Over, was even more successful. It spawned twelve singles, including “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, “You’re Still the One”, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”, and “From This Moment On”, and earned her four Grammy Awards.
Since then, she’s released two additional albums—Up! and Now, the most recent of which came out in 2017. Some songs from those projects include “Forever and for Always”, “Don’t!”, “She’s Not Just a Pretty Face” and Life’s About to Get Good.”
In 2011, she also had her own documentary series titled, Why Not? With Shania Twain. Some of her other television credits include RuPaul’s Drag Race, Fairfax, and more recently, Not Just a Girl.
1. Dolly Parton – $500 Million
Dolly Parton began her career writing songs for other artists. It wasn’t until 1967 that she made her debut with the album, Hello, I’m Dolly. A commercial success, it spawned three singles—“The Little Things”, “Something Fishy”, and “Dumb Blonde.”
By the end of the decade, she had released half a dozen albums including Just Between You and Me, Just the Two of Us, Just Because I’m a Woman, Always, Always, and My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy.
In total, she has won 11 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 4 People’s Choice Awards, and 3 American Music Awards throughout her career. That’s not all, she has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame
Fast forward to 2023, and she has released 48 solo albums, the most recent of which came out on March 4, 2022. Not only that, but she has also appeared in a number of films including Frank McKlusky, C.I., Gnomeo & Juliet, and Joyful Noise.
She’s also the co-owner of The Dollywood Company, which manages various entertainment venues including the Splash Country water park, the Dollywood theme park, and several dinner venues.