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Who Are America’s Favorite Country Musicians?

George Strait Garth Brooks
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It should come as no surprise that, according to a new Harris Poll, George Strait and Garth Brooks came in at the top of the list of America’s favorite country artists.

The unscientific survey polled 2,306 Americans, asking who their favorite artists were. Strait and Brooks were the only two country artists on the list, which was topped by the Beatles.

Elvis Presley came in second, with Beyoncé in third place, Led Zeppelin in fourth and Strait claiming the No. 5 spot.

Brooks was tied at No. 7 with Neil Diamond, the Eagles and Celine Dion.

Apparently it wasn’t a good year for a few country artists, at least among those taking the survey. Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson dropped off the list this year, as did U2, Lady Gaga and Frank Sinatra.

While Willie Nelson didn’t make the list, he did rank highest among the older generation taking the survey.

Chances are good that both Strait and Brooks will earn a spot on next year’s list as well. The King of Country recently announced he will release ‘The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium,’ a 20-track album that was recorded during the final night of his farewell The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.

Meanwhile, Brooks will kick off his comeback tour in Chicago beginning on Sept. 4. He will also play a group of shows in Atlanta, Ga., and is planning on announcing future shows one date and city at a time. Ticket information is available here.

See the Harris poll results here.

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