Top 20 Countdown

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This article is about the CMT series. For the VH1 series, see VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown.
Top 20 Countdown
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Starring Lance Smith (2001-2009)
Evan Farmer (2010-2012)
Country of origin United States
Release
Original channel CMT
Original release January 3, 2001 (2001-01-03) – November 30, 2012 (2012-11-30)
External links
Website

Top 20 Countdown is a former chart countdown program on CMT revolving around popular country music videos. Hosted by Lance Smith through most of its run, it premiered weekly on Friday mornings, with several reruns through the weekend and Monday, launching on January 3, 2001; a previous weekly countdown show through CMT's early years featured a countdown of only twelve popular videos.[1] The first episode was the top 20 videos of 2001 (which aired the last week of 2001). Smith departed the series at the end of 2009, with Evan Farmer taking over from then until November 2012; the remainder of the series' run was either unhosted or had guest hosts.[2]

The final episode under the original Top 20 Countdown format aired on December 28, 2012 with the next week's countdown on January 5, 2013 launching under the new title CMT Hot 20 Countdown. The new format has a studio audience element along with live performances, and is completely determined by fan voting and CMT management choices rather than any recording chart metrics.

Timeline[edit]

Host Years
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Lance Smith
Evan Farmer

List of Number 1s[edit]

Color key
       Artist In 2nd Week
       Artist in 3rd Week
       Artist in 4th Week
       Artist in 5th Week
       Artist in 7th Week
       Artist in 9th Week
COTY Countdown of The Year

2011[edit]

Episode\Order Issue Date Song Artist(s)
1 December 31, 2010 (2010-12-31) "My Kinda Party" Jason Aldean
2 January 7
3 January 14
4 January 21
5 January 28 "Back to December" Taylor Swift
6 February 4
7 February 11
8 February 18
9 February 25 "Don't You Wanna Stay" Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
10 March 4
11 March 11 "Back to December" Taylor Swift
12 March 18 "Don't You Wanna Stay" Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
13 March 25
14 April 1
15 April 8
16 April 15
17 April 22
18 April 29
19 May 6
20 May 13 "I Won't Let Go (From Invitation Only)" Rascal Flatts
21 May 20 "Tomorrow" Chris Young
22 May 27 "Honey Bee" Blake Shelton
23 June 3 "Mean" Taylor Swift
24 June 10
25 June 17 "Honey Bee" Blake Shelton
26 June 24 "Mean" Taylor Swift
27 July 1
28 July 8 "Dirt Road Anthem" Jason Aldean
29 July 15
30 July 22
31 July 29
32 August 5
33 August 12
34 August 19
35 August 26 "I Love You This Big" Scotty McCreery
36 September 2 "Dirt Road Anthem" Jason Aldean
37 September 9
38 September 16 "Remind Me" Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
39 September 23
40 September 30
41 October 7
42 October 14 "Sparks Fly" Taylor Swift
43 October 21 "Remind Me" Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
44 October 28 "Tattoos on This Town" Jason Aldean
45 November 4 "Sparks Fly" Taylor Swift
46 November 11 "Tattoos on This Town" Jason Aldean
47 November 18
48 November 25
49 December 2
50 December 9 "Sparks Fly" Taylor Swift
51 December 16 "Tattoos on This Town" Jason Aldean
52 Countdown of the Year[3] "Don't You Wanna Stay" Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

2012[edit]

Episode\Order Issue Date Song Artist(s)
1 January 6 "Tattoos on This Town" Jason Aldean
2 January 13
3 January 20
4 January 27 "Ours" Taylor Swift
5 February 3
6 February 10
7 February 17
8 February 24
9 March 2
10 March 9
11 March 16
12 March 23
13 March 30 "Good Girl" Carrie Underwood
14 April 6
15 April 13
16 April 20
17 April 27
18 May 4
19 May 11
20 May 18
21 May 25
22 June 1 "Fly Over States" Jason Aldean
23 June 8 "Good Girl" Carrie Underwood
24 June 15
25 June 22
26 June 29
27 July 6
28 July 13 "Springsteen" Eric Church
29 July 20 "Drunk on You" Luke Bryan
30 July 27
31 August 3 "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Eli Young Band
32 August 10 "5-1-5-0" Dierks Bentley
33 August 17 "Come Over" Kenny Chesney
34 August 24
35 August 31 "Over" Blake Shelton
36 September 7
37 September 14 "Angel Eyes" Love and Theft
38 September 21 "Pontoon" Little Big Town
39 September 28
40 October 5 "Wanted" Hunter Hayes
41 October 12 "Take a Little Ride" Jason Aldean
42 October 19
43 October 26
44 November 2 "Blown Away" Carrie Underwood
45 November 9
46 November 16 "Hard to Love" Lee Brice
47 November 23 "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" Luke Bryan
48 November 30
49 December 7 "Fastest Girl in Town" Miranda Lambert
50 December 14 "The One That Got Away" Jake Owen
51 Countdown of the Year[4] "Good Girl" Carrie Underwood
  • "Good Girl" holds record for longest time at #1 – 14 weeks total

Countdown of the Year[edit]

2011[edit]

  1. "Don't You Wanna Stay" - Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
  2. "Back to December" - Taylor Swift
  3. "Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean
  4. "Remind Me" - Brad Paisley duet with Carrie Underwood
  5. "Tattoos on This Town" - Jason Aldean
  6. "Mean" - Taylor Swift
  7. "Honey Bee" - Blake Shelton
  8. "I Won't Let Go" (From Invitation Only) - Rascal Flatts
  9. "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" - Thompson Square
  10. "Just A Kiss" - Lady Antebellum
  11. "Tomorrow" - Chris Young
  12. "You Lie" - The Band Perry
  13. "Colder Weather" - Zac Brown Band
  14. "Sparks Fly" - Taylor Swift
  15. "I Love You This Big" - Scotty McCreery
  16. "A Little Bit Stronger" - Sara Evans
  17. "You and Tequila" - Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter
  18. "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" - Luke Bryan
  19. "Easy" - Rascal Flatts feat. Natasha Bedingfield
  20. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" - Jake Owen

2012[edit]

  1. "Good Girl" - Carrie Underwood
  2. "Ours" - Taylor Swift
  3. "Take a Little Ride" - Jason Aldean
  4. "Drunk on You" - Luke Bryan
  5. "Pontoon" - Little Big Town
  6. "Over" - Blake Shelton
  7. "Come Over" - Kenny Chesney
  8. "Blown Away" - Carrie Underwood
  9. "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" - Luke Bryan
  10. "Red Solo Cup" - Toby Keith
  11. "Wanted" - Hunter Hayes
  12. "Springsteen" - Eric Church
  13. "5-1-5-0" - Dierks Bentley
  14. "Hard to Love" - Lee Brice
  15. "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" - Eli Young Band
  16. "Over You" - Miranda Lambert
  17. "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" - Brantley Gilbert
  18. "Angel Eyes" - Love and Theft
  19. "Fly Over States" - Jason Aldean
  20. "Why Ya Wanna" - Jana Kramer

Honorable Mentions:

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