2020 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place, or will take place, in 2020.

List of years in country music (table)

Events[edit]

Coronavirus[edit]

  • March 16 – The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, originally scheduled for April 5, was postponed to September 16. A few weeks later, the 2020 CMT Music Awards were pushed back to October 21, from their original date of June 3. [1]
  • March 29 – Joe Diffie, a country music superstar who scored many Top Ten hits during the 1990s and early 2000s, dies from COVID-19, two days after announcing he had fallen ill.[2]
  • March 31 – The Country Music Association announces that the 2020 CMA Fest, scheduled for June 4–7, is officially cancelled. [3]
  • October 7 - Morgan Wallen is dropped as a musical guest by Saturday Night Live after video of him attending a party maskless surfaces.[4]

Other[edit]

Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, and/or Canada Country charts in 2020:

Singles released by American and Australian artists[edit]

Songs Airplay Canada Single Artist References
1 26 "7 Summers" [A] Morgan Wallen [14]
1 1 1 "10,000 Hours" Dan + Shay
featuring Justin Bieber
[15]
7 1 2 "After a Few" Travis Denning [16]
13 11 12 "Ain't Always the Cowboy" [A] Jon Pardi [17]
7 2 3 "Be a Light" Thomas Rhett
featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin & Keith Urban
[18]
6 1 1 "Beer Can't Fix" Thomas Rhett
featuring Jon Pardi
[18]
25 20 48 "Beers and Sunshine" [A] Darius Rucker [19]
14 22 "Better Together" [A] Luke Combs [20]
6 32 "Betty" [A] Taylor Swift [21]
17 12 27 "Big, Big Plans" [A] Chris Lane [22]
3 1 1 "Bluebird" Miranda Lambert [23]
1 1 1 "The Bones" Maren Morris [24]
5 1 3 "Catch" Brett Young [25]
20 15 30 "Champagne Night" [A] Lady A [26]
2 1 1 "Chasin' You" Morgan Wallen [14]
5 3 3 "Cool Again" Kane Brown [27]
2 1 8 "Die from a Broken Heart" Maddie & Tae [28]
17 6 42 "Dive Bar" Garth Brooks
featuring Blake Shelton
[29]
4 1 1 "Does to Me" Luke Combs
featuring Eric Church
[20]
8 1 3 "Done" Chris Janson [30]
17 11 30 "Drinking Alone" Carrie Underwood [31]
18 25 "Drowning" Chris Young [32]
14 6 11 "Everywhere but On" [A] Matt Stell [33]
20 36 31 "Gaslighter" The Chicks [34]
13 8 2 "God Whispered Your Name" Keith Urban [35]
12 "Gone Too Soon" Andrew Jannakos
19 21 "Good Time" [A} Niko Moon [36]
2 1 1 "Got What I Got" [A] Jason Aldean [37]
9 7 9 "Happy Anywhere" [A] Blake Shelton
featuring Gwen Stefani
[38]
22 13 19 "Happy Does" [A] Kenny Chesney [39]
3 1 2 "Hard to Forget" Sam Hunt [40]
5 1 1 "Heartache Medication" Jon Pardi [17]
10 "Heartless" Diplo
featuring Morgan Wallen
[41]
7 1 1 "Here and Now" Kenny Chesney [39]
20 16 33 "Hole in the Bottle" [A] Kelsea Ballerini [42]
14 17 15 "Homecoming Queen?" Kelsea Ballerini [42]
5 1 1 "Homemade" Jake Owen [43]
3 1 2 "Homesick" Kane Brown [27]
8 2 4 "I Called Mama" Tim McGraw [44]
1 1 2 "I Hope" Gabby Barrett [45]
5 1 1 "I Hope You're Happy Now" Carly Pearce
& Lee Brice
[46]
8 2 1 "I Love My Country" Florida Georgia Line [47]
7 14 26 "I Should Probably Go to Bed" [A] Dan + Shay [15]
12 12 11 "I Wish Grandpas Never Died" Riley Green [48]
12 1 12 "In Between" Scotty McCreery [49]
3 1 2 "Kinfolks" Sam Hunt [40]
18 "Last Time I Say Sorry" Kane Brown
& John Legend
[27]
19 12 43 "Lonely If You Are" Chase Rice [50]
11 5 23 "Love You Like I Used To" [A] Russell Dickerson [51]
3 1 1 "Lovin' on You" Luke Combs [20]
7 1 5 "Make Me Want To" Jimmie Allen [52]
20 15 11 "Monsters" Eric Church [53]
5 3 4 "More Hearts Than Mine" Ingrid Andress [54]
4 6 4 "More Than My Hometown" [A] Morgan Wallen [14]
2 1 1 "Nobody but You" Blake Shelton
featuring Gwen Stefani
[38]
6 9 1 "One Beer" [A] Hardy
featuring Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
[55]
8 2 1 "One Big Country Song" LoCash [56]
2 1 1 "One Margarita" Luke Bryan [57]
2 1 1 "One of Them Girls" Lee Brice [58]
17 11 1 "One Night Standards" Ashley McBryde [59]
13 34 43 "One Too Many" [A] Keith Urban
featuring P!nk
[35]
19 52 "The Other Girl" Kelsea Ballerini
featuring Halsey
[42]
10 10 37 "Pretty Heart" [A] Parker McCollum [60]
5 1 10 "Ridin' Roads" Dustin Lynch [61]
24 17 41 "She's Mine" [A] Kip Moore [62]
10 36 19 "Six Feet Apart" Luke Combs [20]
6 1 15 "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot" Jordan Davis [63]
5 3 3 "Some Girls" [A] Jameson Rodgers [64]
10 19 35 "Starting Over" [A] Chris Stapleton [65]
23 22 15 "Stick That in Your Country Song" [A] Eric Church [53]
8 6 1 "We Back" Jason Aldean [37]
5 1 6 "What If I Never Get Over You" Lady Antebellum [26]
6 1 2 "What She Wants Tonight" Luke Bryan [57]
8 1 3 "Why We Drink" Justin Moore [66]
15 "Without You" Luke Combs
featuring Amanda Shires
[20]

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

Songs Airplay Canada Single Artist References
20 "As If We Won't" Jojo Mason [67]
1 "Canadian Summer" Dean Brody [68]
1 "Can't Help Myself" Dean Brody
& Reklaws
[68]
11 "Close" Jade Eagleson [69]
14 "Come As You Are" Tenille Townes [70]
1 "Country Girls" Jess Moskaluke [71]
2 "Country Thunder" Washboard Union [72]
8 "Dock Rock" Washboard Union [72]
1 "Drink About Me" Brett Kissel [73]
18 "Everybody Knows Everybody" Tenille Arts [74]
5 "Getcha" Matt Lang [75]
9 "Good Ol' Bad Days" Aaron Goodvin [76]
8 "The Good Ones" Tebey
& Marie Mai
[77]
1 "Grew Up On That" High Valley [78]
11 "Halfway Home" Jess Moskaluke [71]
16 "Happened on a Saturday Night" Tebey [77]
17 "Hard Dirt" Hunter Brothers [79]
48 6 "I Don't Love You" Lindsay Ell [80]
7 "I Would Be Over Me Too" Tyler Joe Miller
1 "Jersey on the Wall (I'm Just Asking)" Tenille Townes [70]
13 "Kiss Kiss" Madeline Merlo [81]
1 "Like a Man" Dallas Smith [82]
1 "Lucky" Jade Eagleson [69]
7 "Money on You" Chad Brownlee [83]
1 "No Truck Song" Tim Hicks [84]
4 "Old Country Soul" Reklaws [85]
1 "Pillow Talkin'" Tyler Joe Miller
1 "Seeing Other People" MacKenzie Porter [86]
12 "She Drives Me Crazy" Brett Kissel [73]
11 "Silver Lining" Hunter Brothers [79]
41 27 9 "Somebody Like That" [A] Tenille Arts [74]
15 "Summer Time" James Barker Band [87]
45 56 1 "These Days" MacKenzie Porter [86]
1 "Timeless" Dallas Smith [82]
35 60 19 "Want Me Back" [A] Lindsay Ell [80]
19 "When You Know You Know" Tim & the Glory Boys
2 "Where I'm From" Reklaws [85]

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed on the Top Country Albums charts in 2020:

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
5 6 Pack (EP) Florida Georgia Line BMLG May 22 [88]
6 The Album, Part 1 Chase Rice Dack Janiels January 31 [89]
9 Ballerini Kelsea Ballerini Black River September 11 [90]
1 Born Here Live Here Die Here Luke Bryan Capitol Nashville August 7 [91]
6 Carly Pearce Carly Pearce Big Machine February 14 [92]
6 Chris Tomlin & Friends Chris Tomlin Sparrow/Capitol July 31 [93]
6 Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil Diplo Columbia May 29 [94]
6 Everlasting Country Upchurch Stonebaby Sounds April 20 [95]
5 First Rose of Spring Willie Nelson Legacy July 3 [96]
1 Gaslighter The Chicks Columbia July 17 [97]
4 Goldmine Gabby Barrett Warner Music Nashville June 19 [98]
1 Here and Now Kenny Chesney Warner Music Nashville May 1 [99]
1 Here on Earth Tim McGraw Big Machine August 21 [100]
2 Kelsea Kelsea Ballerini Black River March 20 [90]
9 Lady Like Ingrid Andress Warner Music Nashville March 27 [101]
1 Life on the Flip Side Jimmy Buffett Mailboat Records May 29 [102]
6 Long Violent History Tyler Childers Hickman Holler September 18 [103]
2 Mixtape, Vol. 1 (EP) Kane Brown RCA Nashville August 14 [104]
5 Never Will Ashley McBryde Warner Music Nashville April 3 [105]
1 Nightfall Little Big Town Capitol Nashville January 17 [106]
1 Reunions Jason Isbell Southeastern Records May 8 [107]
4 A Rock Hardy Big Loud September 4 [108]
1 Southside Sam Hunt MCA Nashville April 3 [109]
1 The Speed of Now Part 1 Keith Urban Capitol Nashville September 18 [110]
5 Sunday Drive Brett Eldredge Atlantic Nashville July 10 [111]
4 Tullahoma Dustin Lynch Broken Bow January 17 [112]
7 The Way It Feels Maddie & Tae Mercury Nashville April 10 [113]
8 Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs Colter Wall La Honda / Thirty Tigers August 28 [114]
5 Wild World Kip Moore MCA Nashville May 29 [115]
1 My Gift Carrie Underwood Capitol Nashville September 25 [116]

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
20 Beer's Better Cold (EP) Travis Denning Mercury Nashville May 15 [117]
26 Bettie James (EP) Jimmie Allen Stoney Creek July 10 [118]
28 Canyons Gone West Triple Tigers June 12 [119]
17 Country Fuzz The Cadillac Three BMLG February 7 [120]
14 Country State of Mind Josh Turner MCA Nashville August 21 [121]
35 The Dirt and the Stars Mary Chapin Carpenter Lambent Light August 7 [122]
32 En Espanol The Mavericks Mono Mundo August 21 [123]
28 Getting Good (EP) Lauren Alaina Mercury Nashville/Interscope/19 March 6 [124]
44 Ghosts of West Virginia Steve Earle New West Records May 22 [125]
33 Heart Theory Lindsay Ell Stoney Creek August 14 [126]
35 How They Remember You (EP) Rascal Flatts Big Machine July 31 [127]
16 Jordan Davis (EP) Jordan Davis MCA Nashville May 22 [128]
16 Lamentations American Aquarium New West Records May 1 [129]
41 The Lemonade Stand Tenille Townes Columbia Nashville June 26 [130]
17 Re-Dunn Ronnie Dunn Little Willy Records January 10 [131]
46 Show Pony Orville Peck Columbia/Sub Pop August 14 [132]
17 That's How Rumors Get Started Margo Price Loma Vista July 10 [133]
46 Your Life Is a Record Brandy Clark Warner Bros. March 6 [134]

Announced[edit]

Album Artist Record Label Release Date
Skeletons Brothers Osborne EMI Nashville October 9[135]
Live from the Troubadour Tanya Tucker Fantasy October 16
Sometimes Jamie O'Neal BFD October 16
Sophomore Slump The Reklaws Umusic October 16
Ain't That Kind of Cowboy (EP) Trace Adkins Verge Records October 16
Hollywood Gold (EP) Parker McCollum MCA Nashville October 16
The Otherside Cam RCA/Triple Tigers October 30[136]
Starting Over Chris Stapleton Mercury Nashville November 13
Fun Garth Brooks Pearl Records November 20
Triple Live Deluxe Garth Brooks Pearl Records November 20
Hey World Lee Brice Curb Records November 20
Southern Symphony Russell Dickerson Triple Tigers December 4

Deaths[edit]

Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

Bluegrass Hall of Fame[edit]

  • J. T. Gray - owner of the Station Inn in Nashville which opened in 1974 and noted as one of the best bluegrass venue in the world
  • Johnson Mountain Boys - a popular group in the 1980s known for their neotraditional style
  • New Grass Revival - progressive band that produced many of the genres most respected musicians

Country Music Hall of Fame[edit]

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame[edit]

Major awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music Awards[edit]

(to be presented on April 18, 2021)[156]

Americana Music Honors & Awards[edit]

American Music Awards[edit]

ARIA Awards[edit]

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

CMT Music Awards[edit]

(presented on October 21, 2020, in Nashville)[157]

Video of the Year - Carrie Underwood - "Drinking Alone"

Male Video of the Year - Luke Bryan - "One Margarita"

Female Video of the Year - Carrie Underwood - "Drinking Alone"

Breakthrough Video of the Year - Gabby Barrett - "I Hope"

Group Video of the Year - Old Dominion - "One Man Band"

Duo Video of the Year - Dan + Shay - "I Should Probably Go to Bed"

Equal Play Award - Jennifer Nettles

Country Music Association Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

International Bluegrass Music Awards[edit]

(presented on October 1, 2020)[158]

Juno Awards[edit]

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