Jelly Roll and Zach Bryan are two of the most unlikely success stories of 2022, but neither are No. 1 on this list of country singers who won the year.
This inaugural list of country singers who won the year starts with fan responses to that very question. Men and women who raised their profile the most are featured prominently, because there's just not that much room for superstars like Luke Bryan to grow.
Still, one of the year's biggest hitmakers found his way to No. 5. A former American Idol winner lands at No. 9. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee hits No. 7.
You'll find these 10 artists all over Taste of Country's list of the Top Country Songs of 2022, and the Best Country Albums of 2022. The No. 1 artist on this list began the year fresh off a No. 1 hit, but managed to score one more, plus significant industry acclaim in the way of ACM and CMA Awards. A high-profile television show put this artist above the rest. Scroll down to see if you agree with our list of 10 Country Singers Who Won 2022.
10 Country Artists Who Won 2022
We know who won the 2022 ACM and CMA Awards, and we know which country artists won country radio and streaming airplay battles. Who won 2022?
That's a fairly big question, but when we asked our friends on social media, a few names came back consistently. These 10 artists elevated their careers to new heights in 2022, so while our No. 1 winner didn't spend the most weeks at No. 1 or dominate sales charts, her career took off like a rocket. Scroll down to see the full list.
Top 22 Country Songs of 2022, Ranked
There are plenty of feel-good country jams on this list of the top country songs of 2022
, but the No. 1 song is one of the best love songs of the decade. These 22 songs are ranked by critical acclaim, radio and sales success, and importance to the genre.
Seven of the 22 artists made our Top Country Songs list from 2021
, as well, but there are no song repeats. If a song made a previous list (or didn't spend most of its time on the charts in 2022), it's not eligible. So, before you ask where your favorite song is (i.e. Cody Johnson, "'Til You Can't"), be sure the miss isn't just a technicality.