George Strait

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George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American singer, actor, and music producer known as the "King of Country" and one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s.

Strait's success began when his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist. In 2009, he broke Conway Twitty's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty's 40. Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty, and giving him more number one songs than any other artist.

Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Tribute to the music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys Asleep at the Wheel 1
1995 Country Christmas Various Artists 1
2002 Drive Alan Jackson 3 2
2004 License to Chill Jimmy Buffett 1
2007 Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates Kenny Chesney 1
2012 Living for a Song - A Tribute to Hank Cochran Jamey Johnson 2
2013 Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas The Robertsons 2
A Country Christmas 1999 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Hollywood Soundtracks Various Artists 1
1988 Country Classics, Volume 6 (1985-1986) Various Artists 1
1991 Contemporary Country: The Mid-'80s Various Artists 1
1991 Country Christmas Various Artists 1
1992 Contemporary Country: The Early '80s, Pure Gold Various Artists 2
1992 Contemporary Country: The Late '80s, Hot Hits Various Artists 1
1992 Country Roads Various Artists 2
1992 Hot #1 Country Hits Various Artists 1
1992 Turned on Country - Born to Boogie '92 Various Artists 1
1993 Absolute Country Various Artists 1
1993 Today's Top Country Various Artists 1
1993 Contemporary Country: The '80s, Pure Gold Various Artists 1
1993 The History of Country Music: The Eighties, Volume One Various Artists 1
1994 A Country Christmas Various Artists 1
1994 Absolute New Country Various Artists 1
1994 Country's Best - Untamed and True Various Artists 1
1994 Forever Country: The Best of the 80s Various Artists 1
1995 Absolute Country 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Country Love Various Artists 1
1995 The Best of Country Various Artists 1
1996 Toe the Line! Various Artists 1
1996 A Country Christmas 1996 Various Artists 1
1996 Platinum Country Various Artists 1
1996 Today's Country Classics Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Toe the Line 2... The Next Step! Various Artists 1
1997 Boot Scootin' Boogie Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 A Country Superstar Christmas Various Artists 1
1997 Country Ballads Various Artists 1
1997 Country Christmas Various Artists 1
1997 Platinum Country Various Artists 1
1997 Toe The Line 3… One Step Beyond! Various Artists 1
1998 Ultimate Country Party Various Artists 1
1998 A Country Superstar Christmas II Various Artists 1
1998 Country Voices: A Collection of Award-Winning Country Music Various Artists 1
1998 Music City USA ’98 Various Artists 1
1999 Superstar Country Hits Various Artists 1
1999 All-Star Country Christmas Various Artists 1
1999 Hillbilly Opskop Various Artists 1
1999 Toe The Line 4 Various Artists 1
2000 Everlasting Love Songs Various Artists 1
2000 Contemporary Country: The Mid-90's Various Artists 1
2000 Wrangler Cowboy Christmas, Volume VIII Various Artists 1

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