The best male country artists are Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, John Denver, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. This is measured by viewing their lifetime total album sales, as recorded by the Recording Industry Association of America, orRIAA.
Garth Brooks tops the list with 135 million sales, which also makes him the second best-selling artist of any genre. Kenny Rogers is second on the list with 51 million sales. Third goes to Alan Jackson with almost 44 million sales, and fourth on the list is Tim McGraw with almost 38 million. McGraw also makes it to fourth on a different list, compiled by Forbes, which looks at the highest paid country stars.
Fifth on the sales list is Willie Nelson with 35 million album sales, followed by James Taylor with 33 million. Seventh is John Denver with 33 million sales and eighth is Kenny Chesney with almost 26 million. Chesney is another to make it onto the Forbes list of highest paid country stars, coming in at number six.
The final artist on the list is Toby Keith, who has 25 million album sales. He is also number one on the list of the highest paid country music stars.