93 artists, 1439 songs
Popular country music splintered in several directions during the 1980s. Outlaw country artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson who rebelled against the countrypolitan sound in the 1970s crafted a progressive style of country that combined pop, rock 'n' roll, honky tonk and the blues. The immense popularity of the Urban Cowboy soundtrack, which featured country and rock artists, influenced country artists to make slick, rock-influenced recordings, while Hank Williams Jr. attracted rock fans. In the late '80s New Traditionalist artists like Dwight Yoakam revived the honky tonk sound but gave it a rock 'n' roll edge, and female artists like Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton made a well-received return to their traditionalist roots.