21st Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll
21st Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll

A Job for Art

Taking stock of what artists like Mickey Guyton can do that politicians and journalists can’t

By Geoffrey Himes


The Results

Mickey Guyton, Ashley McBryde, Jason Isbell and beyond — 95 critics weigh in on the best in 2020’s country music

Compiled by Geoffrey Himes


Data Mining

Selected facts from the 21st Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll

Compiled by Geoffrey Himes


The Comments

Selected notes from the critics who responded to the Country Music Critics’ Poll

Compiled by Geoffrey Himes


Keeping Willie Weird

Talking with country legend Willie Nelson about blending tradition and weirdness for 65 years and counting

By Geoffrey Himes

21st Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll

Willie Nelson

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