Country music isn’t for everybody. But the current pop-country genre that is so popular right now thanks to Taylor Swift is proving to have a wider appeal than the traditional honky tonk country sound of the past. Country music will always have its place, and there are always new stars stepping into the spotlight to take the place of classic stars like Shania Twain, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton.
Success in the music business is not only about having catchy songs. It is about stage presence, and a certain sex appeal. Ask most guys you know and they’ll say they used to hate country, until they saw Taylor Swift. Her blond hair and long legs might have converted them over to the country-pop dark side, but she isn’t the only one with that ability.
There are sexy male country stars like Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and Dierks Bentley for the ladies. But the women of country music have just as much sex appeal. Here are 10 of the sexiest female country stars burning up the charts right now.
10. Miranda Lambert
She may be married to fellow country star, Blake Shelton, but 31-year-old Miranda Lambert still has sex appeal for days. She got her start after coming in third on the 2003 season of Nashville Star. She has released 6 albums and won multiple Grammy, Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards. Lambert’s body transformation has been the topic of numerous tabloid cover stories, and she has also been on the cover of magazines like Self, Women’s Health, and Rolling Stone showing off her physique.
9. Carrie Underwood
The fourth winner of American Idol has made a huge name for herself in the country music world since the release of her debut album in 2005. Carrie Underwood is married to NHL player, Mike Fisher, but that doesn’t stop her from being one of the sexiest female stars in country. Not only was she recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as the female vocalist of her generation, but she has been included in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. She was also included in Men’s Health‘s Hottest Women of 2013 list, and she isn’t letting her current pregnancy stop her from wearing curve hugging outfits on stage.
8. Jana Kramer
You may recognize Jana Kramer from TV roles on shows like One Tree Hill, Friday Night Lights, and 90210. She put acting on hold in 2012 to pursue her music career, and released her debut album with the lead single “Why Ya Wanna” which peaked at Number 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. She was engaged to fellow country star, Brantley Gilbert until mid 2013, and is now dating NFL player, Mike Caussin. Kramer is also the girl in all the Nationwide Insurance commercials.
7. Kellie Pickler
Another American Idol alum, Kellie Pickler, has done well for herself in the country music world. After coming in 6th in the 5th season of the show, Pickler released her debut album, Small Town Girl, which has been certified gold. She competed in the 16th season of Dancing With the Stars and won the show along with her partner, Derek Hough. PETA named Pickler the “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian” in 2009. She is married to songwriter, Kyle Jacobs, but that didn’t stop the rumors from swirling about she and her DWTS partner, Hough.
6. Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves self-released 3 albums before she was signed by Mercury Nashville and releasing the album Same Trailer Different Park in 2012. The album has been certified gold, and earned for two Grammy awards, and an Academy of Country Music award for album of the year. She has been called a “rebel” because of her sometimes controversial lyrics, but she disagrees with the label. Her song “Follow Your Arrow” promotes being yourself no matter what that means.
5. Kimberly Perry
The Band Perry’s debut single “If I Die Young” has been certified quadruple platinum, and the siblings, Kimberly, Reid, and Neil went on to released two albums. They were nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy in 2012, and won a Grammy at the latest ceremony for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song “Gentle on my Mind”. Kimberly, the lead singer, does a lot of the songwriting, and stands out with her curly blond hair. She is married to Baltimore Orioles first baseman, J.P Arencibia.
4. Faith Hill
She may be 47 now, but Faith Hill is still considered one of the most successful country artists of all time. She has won 5 Grammy awards, 15 Academy of Country Music awards, and 6 American Music awards. Her marriage to Tim McGraw has made her one half of a huge country music power couple, and cemented her status as country music royalty. Hill has been on the covers of Shape, Good Housekeeping, and Redbook, and she even appeared in Playboy in 2000, although she did not pose nude.
3. Martina McBride
Martina McBride, called “the Celine Dion of country music” for her soprano range, has recorded 12 studio albums during her 25 year career. She developed a country-pop crossover style similar to Faith Hill, and has been nominated for 14 Grammy awards. She has been married to sound engineer, John McBride since 1988, and they have three daughters together. In 2009, at the age of 43, she did a bikini cover shoot with LeAnn Rimes, and Julianne Hough for Shape magazine, and no one would ever guess she’d had three kids.
2. Sara Evans
Sara Evans‘ second studio album, No Place That Far has been certified gold and three more of her albums were certified platinum. Her 23 year career has gotten her nominated for numerous awards, including a Video of the Year Country Music Association award win for her song “Born to Fly”. She made Taste of Country’s list of 10 Sexiest Country Music stars in 2012. She participated in the 2006 season of Dancing With the Stars, but left the show due to personal reasons. She divorced her husband of 13 years in 2006, after he accused her of having affairs with fellow country music industry vets, such as Kenny Chesney.
1. Cassadee Pope
The winner of the third season of The Voice, Cassadee Pope was actually part of a pop-punk band called Hey Monday before she competed on the show. After her win, she decided to switch to country music, and released her debut solo album, Frame by Frame, in 2013. The single “Wasting All These Tears” peaked at Number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, and has been certified platinum. She spent 2014 touring with Dierks Bentley and Tim McGraw.
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