2005 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in the year 2005.

List of years in country music (table)


"ReAct Now: Music & Relief" is held September 10. Country performers at the 4½-hour concert — which airs live on CMT — include Alan Jackson and Gretchen Wilson.
  • October — Koch Records Nashville folds when its parent company goes out of business.
  • November 9 — After 27 years as host of "American Country Countdown," radio personality Bob Kingsley steps down, after his production company and ABC Radio Networks (which distributes the show) fail to come to terms in renegotiating a distribution agreement. Kix Brooks, one half of the superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, is named the new host and was slated to take over January 21, 2006. Kingsley's last shows with "ACC" are the December 24 countdown program and "Christmas in America."
  • November 18 — The Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line, opens nationwide. The movie stars Joaquin Phoenix as "The Man in Black" and Reese Witherspoon as his girlfriend (and wife-to-be) June Carter. The movie is widely praised by critics and a major box office hit.
  • November 25 — Garth Brooks releases The Limited Series, his second box set to be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. The set contains his previous two studio albums, Sevens and Scarecrow; plus his Double Live album; The Lost Sessions, a new album of previously unreleased material; and an All Access DVD containing behind-the-scenes footage of his concerts. The Limited Series is Brooks' first box set to be released under his label, Pearl Records; he had left his longtime label, Capitol Records, earlier in the year.
  • December 5 — Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood marry at their home in Oklahoma. It is Brooks' second marriage, Yearwood's third.
  • December 31 — Bob Kingsley's new countdown program, "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40," premieres with the annual year-end countdown. The new four-hour show, which aired on many of the same stations that aired "ACC," is distributed by the Jones Radio Network.

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  • Mindy McCready endures a rough year, with stories about her personal and legal problems making headlines. They include violent run-ins with her ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight; various crimes she had been charged with (including fraud, prescription drug crimes, driving under the influence and probation violation) and at least two suicide attempts. Late in the year, Mindy spoke about her problems on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Larry King Live.
  • Toby Keith, the flagship artist for DreamWorks Nashville, departs to form his own label, Show Dog Nashville. DreamWorks – which had never really lived up to its expectations – is shut down shortly thereafter by its parent company, Universal Music Group.
  • The Country Music Association announces a new TV deal to move the CMA Awards to ABC, after years of being broadcast on CBS.
  • Tammy Genovese becomes the head of the Country Music Association, succeeding Ed Benson.
  • Country music icon George Jones marks his 50th year in country music.

Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2005:

US Single Artist Reference
4 Alcohol Brad Paisley
8 All Jacked Up Gretchen Wilson
1 Anything but Mine Kenny Chesney
16 Arlington Trace Adkins
1 As Good as I Once Was Toby Keith
1 Awful, Beautiful Life Darryl Worley
2 Baby Girl Sugarland
7 Best I Ever Had Gary Allan
1 Better Life Keith Urban
5 Big Blue Note Toby Keith
20 Big Time Big & Rich
10 Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On Neal McCoy
1 Bless the Broken Road Rascal Flatts
16 Class Reunion (That Used to Be Us) Lonestar
1 Come a Little Closer Dierks Bentley
5 Do You Want Fries with That Tim McGraw
16 Don't Ask Me How I Know Bobby Pinson
7 Don't Worry 'bout a Thing SHeDAISY
14 Drugs or Jesus Tim McGraw
1 Fast Cars and Freedom Rascal Flatts
15 Georgia Rain Trisha Yearwood
16 God's Will Martina McBride
3 Gone Montgomery Gentry
3 Good Ride Cowboy Garth Brooks
10 Goodbye Time Blake Shelton
7 He Gets That from Me Reba McEntire
8 Help Somebody Van Zant
10 Hicktown Jason Aldean
15 Holy Water Big & Rich
2 Homewrecker Gretchen Wilson
8 Honkytonk U Toby Keith
4 How Am I Doin' Dierks Bentley
18 How Do You Get That Lonely Blaine Larsen
10 I May Hate Myself in the Morning Lee Ann Womack
18 (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden Martina McBride
17 I'll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song) Phil Vassar
5 If Heaven Andy Griggs
9 If Something Should Happen Darryl Worley
1 It's Getting Better All the Time Brooks & Dunn
6 Keg in the Closet Kenny Chesney
8 Let Them Be Little Billy Dean
17 Long, Slow Kisses Jeff Bates
3 Lot of Leavin' Left to Do Dierks Bentley
1 Making Memories of Us Keith Urban
12 Miss Me Baby Chris Cagle
1 Mississippi Girl Faith Hill
5 Monday Morning Church Alan Jackson
1 Mud on the Tires Brad Paisley
1 Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right Billy Currington
1 My Give a Damn's Busted Jo Dee Messina
16 My Sister Reba McEntire
1 Nothin' to Lose Josh Gracin
18 Paper Angels Jimmy Wayne
8 Pickin' Wildflowers Keith Anderson
1 Play Something Country Brooks & Dunn
3 Probably Wouldn't Be This Way LeAnn Rimes
1 A Real Fine Place to Start Sara Evans
2 Redneck Yacht Club Craig Morgan
2 Skin (Sarabeth) Rascal Flatts
3 Somebody's Hero Jamie O'Neal
2 Something More Sugarland
1 Something to Be Proud Of Montgomery Gentry
2 Songs About Me Trace Adkins
5 Stay with Me (Brass Bed) Josh Gracin
18 The Talkin' Song Repair Blues Alan Jackson
1 Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off Joe Nichols
1 That's What I Love About Sunday Craig Morgan
18 Trying to Find Atlantis Jamie O'Neal
18 USA Today Alan Jackson
4 What's a Guy Gotta Do Joe Nichols
4 When I Think About Cheatin' Gretchen Wilson
2 Who You'd Be Today Kenny Chesney
4 You'll Be There George Strait
8 You're Like Comin' Home Lonestar
2 You're My Better Half Keith Urban

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed within the Top 50 on the Top Country Albums charts in 2005:

US Album Artist Record Label Reference
1 All Jacked Up Gretchen Wilson Epic
4 Anywhere but Here Chris Cagle Capitol Nashville
1 Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair) Kenny Chesney BNA
8 Blame the Vain Dwight Yoakam New West
6 Brave Jamie O'Neal Capitol Nashville
3 Coming Home Lonestar BNA
3 Comin' to Your City Big & Rich Warner Bros.
6 Countryman Willie Nelson Lost Highway
1 Delicious Surprise Jo Dee Messina Curb
2 Doin' Somethin' Right Billy Currington Mercury Nashville
5 Erika Jo Erika Jo Universal South
1 Fireflies Faith Hill Warner Bros.
6 Garage Cross Canadian Ragweed Universal South
2 Get Right with the Man Van Zant Columbia
2 Her Story: Scenes from a Lifetime Wynonna Asylum-Curb
1 Hillbilly Deluxe Brooks & Dunn Arista Nashville
1 Honkytonk University Toby Keith DreamWorks Nashville
6 Hot Apple Pie Hot Apple Pie DreamWorks Nashville
2 III Joe Nichols Universal South
6 Jason Aldean Jason Aldean Broken Bow
1 Jasper County Trisha Yearwood MCA Nashville
1 Kerosene Miranda Lambert Epic
2 The Legend of Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Island
8 Let Them Be Little Billy Dean Asylum-Curb
4 Life Goes On Terri Clark Mercury Nashville
2 Loco Motive Cowboy Troy RAYBAW
1 Modern Day Drifter Dierks Bentley Capitol Nashville
7 My Kind of Livin' Craig Morgan Broken Bow
1 Real Fine Place Sara Evans RCA Nashville
3 Reba #1's Reba McEntire MCA Nashville
4 R.I.D.E. Trick Pony Asylum-Curb
1 The Right to Bare Arms Larry the Cable Guy Warner Bros.
1 The Road and the Radio Kenny Chesney BNA
1 Some Hearts Carrie Underwood Arista Nashville
2 Something to Be Proud Of: The Best of 1999-2005 Montgomery Gentry Columbia
1 Somewhere Down in Texas George Strait MCA Nashville
1 Songs About Me Trace Adkins Capitol Nashville
8 That's Life Neal McCoy 903
8 Then & Now: The Hits Collection Tracy Lawrence Mercury Nashville
3 There's More Where That Came From Lee Ann Womack MCA Nashville
9 Those Were the Days Dolly Parton Blue Eye
2 This Woman LeAnn Rimes Asylum-Curb
1 Time Well Wasted Brad Paisley Arista Nashville
1 Timeless Martina McBride RCA Nashville
5 Times Like These Buddy Jewell Columbia
1 Totally Country Vol. 4 Various Artists Sony BMG
1 Tough All Over Gary Allan MCA Nashville
3 Walk the Line Soundtrack Various Artists Wind-Up

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Reference
42 16 Biggest Hits Waylon Jennings RCA Nashville
13 All of Me Anne Murray StraightWay
20 Anthology, Volume 1 Chris LeDoux Capitol Nashville
35 Barely Famous Hits The Warren Brothers BNA
47 Childish Things James McMurtry Compadre
14 Cost of Living Delbert McClinton New West
39 Country's Got Heart Various Artists Time Life
13 Dream Big Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand Capitol Nashville
29 Dreamin' My Dreams Patty Loveless Epic
36 Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic Clint Black Equity
39 Everything and More Billy Gilman Image
28 Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship, and Praise Randy Travis Word/Curb
43 Gold Patsy Cline MCA Nashville
14 Greatest Hits Tracy Byrd BNA
42 Hanna-McEuen Hanna-McEuen DreamWorks Nashville
13 Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't George Jones Bandit
47 Hitstory Elvis Presley RCA
31 The Legend Johnny Cash Legacy
23 Man Like Me Bobby Pinson RCA Nashville
18 The Metropolitan Hotel Chely Wright Dualtone
47 Mission Temple Fireworks Stand Sawyer Brown Curb
39 My Kind of Music Ray Scott Warner Bros.
40 Nashville Star 2005 Finalists Various Artists Universal South
42 Nothing Left to Hide Cory Morrow Write On
14 Off to Join the World Blaine Larsen BNA
37 The Outsider Rodney Crowell Columbia
22 Patriotic Country 2 Various Artists BMG Heritage
22 Put the "O" Back in Country Shooter Jennings Universal South
31 Ride Shelly Fairchild Columbia
12 The Road to Here Little Big Town Equity
13 Songs Willie Nelson Lost Highway
26 The Story of My Life Deana Carter Vanguard
12 Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll Keith Anderson Arista Nashville
23 The Very Best of Emmylou Harris:
Heartaches & Highways
Emmylou Harris Rhino
21 What I Really Mean Robert Earl Keen Koch


Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

  • Alabama (Randy Owen (born 1949); Teddy Gentry (born 1952); Jeff Cook (born 1949); and Mark Herndon (born 1955)).
  • DeFord Bailey (1899–1982)
  • Glen Campbell (born 1936)

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

(presented February 8, 2006 in Los Angeles)

Juno Awards[edit]

(presented April 2, 2006 in Halifax)

CMT Music Awards[edit]

(presented April 11 in Nashville)

Academy of Country Music[edit]

(presented May 23, 2006 in Las Vegas)

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

(presented September 12 in Calgary)

Country Music Association[edit]

(presented November 15 in New York City)

Further reading[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel, "Top Country Songs 1944–2005 - 6th Edition." 2005.


  • Stark, Phyllis, "Toby Keith topped country charts, shook up Music Row," Billboard magazine, December 24, 2005, p. YE-18.


  1. ^ "Robert Byrne". Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2012. 

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