Top Country 2000+
197 artists, 3292 songs
Entering the new millennium, country music veered more and more into the realm of pop music. Teen sensations LeAnn Rimes and Billy Gilman recorded chart-topping contemporary ballads, while Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Brooks and Dunn and Lonestar continued their reigns at the top of the country charts with albums brimming with pop hooks and a big modern sound. Artists like Alan Jackson and Toby Keith proudly asserted their American patriotism in songs that addressed 9/11. The surprising success of the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack spurred a renewed interest in traditional bluegrass, and the Dixie Chicks boldly defied country's pop status quo by releasing a progressive bluegrass album filled with acoustic guitars, fiddles and fun, which topped the country and pop charts for several months.