Top 20 Countdown is a former chart countdown program on CMT revolving around popular country musicvideos. 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. 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.
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.