The 20th Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll

Don’t Build a Wall Around Country Music 

On looking for what will have a lasting impact in a genre that prides itself on tradition

By Geoffrey Himes


The Results

Tanya Tucker, The Highwomen, Yola, Tyler Childers and beyond — 79 critics vote for the best in 2019’s country music

Compiled by Geoffrey Himes


Walking the Line 

Talking with Miranda Lambert about balancing art and commerce in country music

By Geoffrey Himes


Data Mining

Selected facts from the 20th Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll

By Geoffrey Himes


The Comments

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

Compiled by Geoffrey Himes

The 20th Annual Country Music Critics’ Poll

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