2014 in country music

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This is a list of notable events in country music that took place in 2014.

List of years in country music (table)

Events[edit]

Top hits of the year[edit]

The following songs placed within the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay or Canada Country charts in 2014:

Singles released by American artists[edit]

Songs Airplay Canada Single Artist References
19 17 Again Brantley Gilbert
7 11 23 19 You + Me Dan + Shay
24 17 40 All Alright Zac Brown Band
2 1 1 American Kids Kenny Chesney
4 3 1 Automatic Miranda Lambert
4 1 1 Bartender Lady Antebellum
1 1 1 Beachin' Jake Owen
6 1 2 Beat of the Music Brett Eldredge
1 1 3 Bottoms Up Brantley Gilbert
15 Bumpin' the Night Florida Georgia Line
1 1 2 Burnin' It Down Jason Aldean
20 10 6 Chainsaw The Band Perry
1 2 5 Chillin' It Cole Swindell
11 4 16 Close Your Eyes Parmalee
20 20 19 Cold One Eric Church
6 1 2 Compass Lady Antebellum
4 8 5 Cop Car Keith Urban
4 2 1 Day Drinking Little Big Town
1 1 1 Dirt Florida Georgia Line
3 1 1 Doin' What She Likes Blake Shelton
9 2 1 Don't Let Me Be Lonely The Band Perry
1 1 1 Drink a Beer Luke Bryan
4 1 1 Drink to That All Night Jerrod Niemann
3 1 2 Drunk on a Plane Dierks Bentley
19 15 33 Dust Eli Young Band
15 4 11 Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About Thompson Square
16 10 46 Feelin' It Scotty McCreery
10 43 42 Follow Your Arrow Kacey Musgraves
6 2 8 Friday Night Eric Paslay
4 1 6 Get Me Some of That Thomas Rhett
3 1 5 Girl in a Country Song Maddie & Tae
4 1 1 Give Me Back My Hometown Eric Church
9 2 3 Goodnight Kiss Randy Houser
16 12 46 The Heart of Dixie Danielle Bradbery
8 1 8 Helluva Life Frankie Ballard
7 1 6 Hope You Get Lonely Tonight Cole Swindell
5 1 3 I Don't Dance Lee Brice
23 17 39 I Got a Car George Strait
3 1 2 I Hold On Dierks Bentley
15 I Walk the Line Craig Wayne Boyd
4 19 30 Invisible Hunter Hayes
15 9 29 Keep Them Kisses Comin' Craig Campbell
21 13 47 Later On The Swon Brothers
1 1 1 Leave the Night On Sam Hunt
7 1 4 Lettin' the Night Roll Justin Moore
13 7 23 Look at You Big & Rich
18 15 30 Lookin' for That Girl Tim McGraw
7 2 1 Meanwhile Back at Mama's Tim McGraw
featuring Faith Hill
24 19 38 The Mona Lisa Brad Paisley
18 My Baby's Guns N' Roses Brantley Gilbert
4 1 1 My Eyes Blake Shelton
featuring Gwen Sebastian
3 1 1 Neon Light Blake Shelton
7 The Old Rugged Cross Craig Wayne Boyd
25 19 10 People Loving People Garth Brooks
1 1 1 Play It Again Luke Bryan
5 5 29 Ready Set Roll Chase Rice
4 3 6 Rewind Rascal Flatts
12 2 2 River Bank Brad Paisley
5 1 1 Roller Coaster Luke Bryan
10 8 34 See You Tonight Scotty McCreery
1 1 1 Shotgun Rider Tim McGraw
19 17 33 Slow Me Down Sara Evans
13 8 24 Small Town Throwdown Brantley Gilbert featuring
Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett
1 7 6 Somethin' Bad Miranda Lambert
duet with Carrie Underwood
3 1 4 Somewhere in My Car Keith Urban
18 12 25 Song About a Girl Eric Paslay
1 1 1 Stay Florida Georgia Line
5 1 4 Sunshine & Whiskey Frankie Ballard
6 1 2 Sweet Annie Zac Brown Band
17 53 Sweet Little Somethin' Jason Aldean
1 2 2 This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line
featuring Luke Bryan
18 Two Night Town Jason Aldean
10 11 46 Up All Night Jon Pardi
20 14 40 Wake Up Lovin' You Craig Morgan
5 10 26 Wasting All These Tears Cassadee Pope
12 1 17 We Are Tonight Billy Currington
2 1 4 Whatever She's Got David Nail
2 1 1 When She Says Baby Jason Aldean
4 1 4 Where It's At Dustin Lynch
11 3 10 Whiskey in My Water Tyler Farr
8 2 6 Who I Am with You Chris Young
7 1 1 Yeah Joe Nichols

Singles released by Canadian artists[edit]

Songs Airplay Canada Single Artist References
3 3-2-1 Brett Kissel [18]
7 Another Man's Gold Dean Brody [19]
11 Cheap Wine and Cigarettes Jess Moskaluke [20]
8 County Line High Valley [21]
13 Crazy Enough Bobby Wills [22]
9 Crop Circles Dean Brody [19]
10 Fallin' Over You Chad Brownlee [23]
18 Feels Like That Jason Blaine [24]
10 Forever Summer Paul Brandt [25]
12 Friends of Mine Jason Blaine [24]
9 Get a Bed Paul Brandt [25]
12 Get On Down the Road The Road Hammers [26]
6 A Girl Like You Dallas Smith [27]
10 Gone Enough Kira Isabella [28]
17 Good Lovin' Jess Moskaluke [20]
14 Got a Feeling Tim Hicks [29]
10 Here Comes the Thunder Tim Hicks [29]
17 If You Ask Me To MacKenzie Porter [30]
11 Just Because Chad Brownlee [23]
13 Mountain Man Dean Brody [19]
16 Mud The Road Hammers [26]
14 Never Didn't Love You Bobby Wills [22]
19 Now I Do Tebey [31]
20 Our Soundtrack Wes Mack [32]
17 Pass It Around Deric Ruttan [33]
10 Quarterback Kira Isabella [28]
7 Raise Your Glass Brett Kissel [18]
10 Rescue You High Valley [21]
5 Slow Rollin' Dallas Smith [27]
20 Some Songs Terri Clark [34]
12 That's How I Like It Doc Walker [35]
5 Tippin' Point Dallas Smith [27]
9 Tough People Do Brett Kissel [18]
46 14 Trippin' On Us Lindsay Ell [36]
10 Unreal Gord Bamford [37]
13 Used Jess Moskaluke [20]
5 Wake Me Up Tebey [31]
8 Where a Farm Used to Be Gord Bamford [37]

Top new album releases[edit]

The following albums placed on the Top Country Albums charts in 2014:

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
2 747 Lady Antebellum Capitol Nashville September 30
1 10,000 Towns Eli Young Band Republic Nashville March 4
6 Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites Alabama Cracker Barrel September 8
1 Anything Goes Florida Georgia Line Republic Nashville October 14
1 Band of Brothers Willie Nelson Legacy June 17
1 The Big Revival Kenny Chesney Blue Chair/Columbia September 23
2 Blue Smoke Dolly Parton Dolly/Sony Masterworks May 13
1 Bringing Back the Sunshine Blake Shelton Warner Bros. Nashville September 30
8 Christmas with Nashville Various Artists Big Machine November 4
2 Cole Swindell Cole Swindell Warner Bros. Nashville February 18
5 Comin' Home (EP) Jessie James Decker 19 Recordings April 18
7 Cowboy Like Me Cody Johnson Cody Johnson January 14
2 The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium George Strait MCA Nashville September 16
8 Crazy Life Home Free Columbia Nashville January 14
8 Down Home Sessions (EP) Cole Swindell Warner Bros. Nashville November 17
10 Early Morning Shakes Whiskey Myers Wiggy Thump February 4
4 Eric Paslay Eric Paslay EMI Nashville February 4
1 Everlasting Martina McBride Kobalt April 8
8 Gravity Big & Rich Big & Rich September 23
1 Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Carrie Underwood Arista Nashville December 9
3 Greatest Hits So Far... Zac Brown Band Atlantic/Southern Ground November 10
3 High Noon Jerrod Niemann Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville March 25
3 Home for the Holidays Darius Rucker Capitol Nashville October 27
9 How Country Are Ya? Kevin Fowler Kevin Fowler March 4
1 I Don't Dance Lee Brice Curb September 9
3 I'm a Fire David Nail MCA Nashville March 4
1 Ignite the Night Chase Rice Dack Janiels/Columbia August 19
1 Just as I Am Brantley Gilbert Valory Music Group May 20
6 Kuntry Livin' Big Smo Elektra Nashville June 3
1 Man Against Machine Garth Brooks RCA Nashville November 11
8 Metamodern Sounds in Country Music Sturgill Simpson High Top Mountain May 13
1 Montevallo Sam Hunt MCA Nashville October 27
1 Moonshine in the Trunk Brad Paisley Arista Nashville August 26
8 Mud Digger 5 Various Artists Average Joes May 20
4 The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 2 Various Artists Big Machine May 6
10 The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 1 Various Artists Big Machine December 9
2 Nashville: On the Record Various Artists Big Machine April 22
2 Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe Various Artists Big Machine August 19
9 Now That's What I Call Country Ballads 2 Various Artists Universal January 21
3 Now That's What I Call Country Volume 7 Various Artists Universal June 3
5 Official 2014 ACM Awards ZinePak Various Artists ZinePak LLC/Walmart March 18
1 Old Boots, New Dirt Jason Aldean Broken Bow October 7
1 Out Among the Stars Johnny Cash Columbia/Legacy March 25
1 The Outsiders Eric Church EMI Nashville February 11
3 Pain Killer Little Big Town Capitol Nashville October 21
1 Platinum Miranda Lambert RCA Nashville June 3
7 PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit Trisha Yearwood RCA Nashville November 17
4 Remedy Old Crow Medicine Show ATO July 1
1 Rewind Rascal Flatts Big Machine May 13
4 Rhythm and Whiskey Frank Foster Lone Chief September 2
1 Riser Dierks Bentley Capitol Nashville February 25
2 The River & the Thread Rosanne Cash Blue Note January 14
4 Road Between Lucy Hale DMG Nashville June 3
2 Slow Me Down Sara Evans RCA Nashville March 11
7 Southbound The Doobie Brothers Arista Nashville November 4
1 Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever Luke Bryan Capitol Nashville March 11
1 Storyline Hunter Hayes Atlantic Nashville May 6
1 Sundown Heaven Town Tim McGraw Big Machine September 16
5 Sunshine & Whiskey Frankie Ballard Warner Bros. Nashville February 11
6 The Swon Brothers The Swon Brothers Arista Nashville October 14
2 Thanks for Listening Colt Ford Average Joes July 1
1 That Girl Jennifer Nettles Mercury Nashville January 14
7 Turn It Up Josh Thompson Show Dog-Universal Music April 1
9 Wade Bowen Wade Bowen Amp October 28
1 Where It All Began Dan + Shay Warner Bros. Nashville April 1
2 Where It's At Dustin Lynch Broken Bow September 9
3 Write You a Song Jon Pardi Capitol Nashville January 14
5 X2C (EP) Sam Hunt MCA Nashville August 12

Other top albums[edit]

US Album Artist Record Label Release Date Reference
12 4 Album Collection Eric Church EMI Nashville February 11
43 10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection Trace Adkins Universal April 1
43 10 Great Songs: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection Kenny Rogers Universal April 1
20 21 Country Hits Various Artists Legacy August 12
29 Alabama & Friends: At the Ryman Alabama Eagle Rock September 30
45 All About That Life (EP) Brian Davis Twangville October 30
44 All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection John Denver Legacy November 4
19 Amazing Grace: 14 Treasured Hymns Tennessee Ernie Ford Gaither Music Group July 22
29 American Middle Class Angaleena Presley Slate Creek October 14
39 American Young (EP) American Young Curb June 24
21 At Christmas Sara Evans RCA Nashville November 17
17 Aviator Stoney LaRue eOne Entertainment October 28
34 Bad Reputation Mike Ryan Rock & Soul August 19
22 Beauty Is... The Final Sessions Ray Price AmeriMonte April 15
11 The Best of Me Soundtrack Various Artists EMI Nashville October 7
11 Bring Up the Sun Sundy Best eOne Entertainment March 4
44 Brothers of the Southland Blackhawk Loud & Proud July 8
23 Brothers Osborne (EP) Brothers Osborne EMI Nashville September 9
22 Calicountry Moonshine Bandits Average Joes February 4
40 Carter Girl Carlene Carter Rounder April 8
43 The Christmas Song (EP) Jamey Johnson Big Gassed November 19
44 Country Christmas Various Artists UMe
13 Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage Joey + Rory Gaither Music Group October 27
50 Dance Like You Don't Give A... LeAnn Rimes Curb August 5
45 Daylight/Dark Jason Eady Old Guitar January 21
26 December Day Willie Nelson Legacy December 2
34 The Dirty River Boys The Dirty River Boys DRB Music October 14
37 Do You Know Me: A Tribute to George Jones Sammy Kershaw 12 Street July 22
23 Don't Wait Up (For George) (EP) Shooter Jennings Black Country Rock August 5
50 Dylan Scott (EP) Dylan Scott Curb February 11
20 Even the River Runs Joel Crouse Show Dog-Universal Music August 19
31 Fish Grease Danny Boone Average Joes June 10
12 Full of Cheer Home Free Columbia Nashville October 27
43 The Garden Spot Programs, 1950 Hank Williams Omnivore May 20
49 Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (EP) Various Artists Big Machine September 30
25 Going Down to the River Doug Seegers Rounder October 7
43 Golden/Own the Night/Need You Now/Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum Capitol Nashville September 30
17 The Grind Lenny Cooper Average Joes August 26
17 Hearts from Above Micky & the Motorcars Micky & the Motorcars August 5
11 Homemade Tamales – Live at Floore's Randy Rogers Band Room 8 April 15
39 Hymns: 17 Timeless Songs of Faith Randy Travis Word/Curb June 3
38 Icon Reba McEntire MCA Nashville August 5
26 Influence, Vol. 2: The Man I Am Randy Travis Warner Bros. Nashville August 19
11 iTunes Session (EP) Florida Georgia Line Republic Nashville January 14
30 Jones County Demun Jones Average Joes June 10
24 The Journey (EP) Jamie Lynn Spears Sweet Jamie Music May 27
40 Kelsea Ballerini (EP) Kelsea Ballerini Black River November 24
23 Laughter's Good Rodney Carrington Laughter's Good October 28
17 Leave a Scar, Live: North Carolina Blackberry Smoke 3 Legged July 8
47 Let Her Go (EP) Glen Templeton Black River July 29
38 Let It Go Infamous Stringdusters High Country April 1
39 Lifted (EP) Dallas Smith Republic Nashville November 25
19 Long in the Tooth Billy Joe Shaver Lightning Rod August 5
23 Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited Various Artists Sony Masterworks August 19
19 Love Story Tim McGraw Curb February 4
28 Maddie & Tae (EP) Maddie & Tae Dot November 4
49 Made on McCosh Mill Road Bubba Sparxxx eOne Entertainment June 24
37 Maysville in the Meantime Corey Smith Undertone December 2
19 Me Jo Dee Messina Dreambound March 18
48 My Heroes Have Always Been Country Gene Watson Fourteen Carat June 10
14 Nashville Christmas Various Artists Warner Bros. Nashville
41 Nashville: The Nashville Cast featuring Clare Bowen Clare Bowen Big Machine April 22
20 Nothing in Particular The Lacs Backroad October 28
33 Old Dominion (EP) Old Dominion ReeSmack October 7
20 One Christmas: Chapter One LeAnn Rimes Iconic Entertainment October 27
36 Only Me Rhonda Vincent Upper Management January 28
40 Our Year Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis Premium May 27
32 Outnumber Hunger: Help Feed Local Families Now (EP) Various Artists Big Machine May 20
38 Playlist: The Very Best Country Hits Various Artists Legacy September 23
20 Provoked Sunny Sweeney Aunt Daddy August 5
18 Put Your Needle Down The Secret Sisters Republic Nashville April 15
37 Ramblin' Man Hank Williams III Curb April 1
49 Rebels on the Run (EP) Moonshine Bandits Backroad September 30
19 Reflections Don Williams Sugar Hill March 11
40 Rewind (EP) Rascal Flatts Big Machine March 4
50 Right Where I Belong Clayton Anderson No Hassle Love Castle February 18
20 Road Show Roger Creager Fun All Wrong July 22
27 Rock & Roll Time Jerry Lee Lewis Vanguard October 27
22 Salvation City Sundy Best eOne Entertainment December 2
30 Sarah Davidson (EP) Sarah Davidson Suretone March 25
24 Saturday Night / Sunday Morning Marty Stuart Superlatone September 30
35 Simple Life (EP) Megan and Liz Hidden Cow June 3
44 The Sound of Today: Country! Various Artists Sony Music
22 Tailgate Music Jawga Boyz & Dez D. Thrash October 21
25 Tarpaper Sky Rodney Crowell New West April 15
31 Tippin' Point (EP) Dallas Smith Republic Nashville March 4
12 Tuesday Night (EP) Josh Abbott Band Atlantic Nashville September 23
36 The Voice: The Complete Season 6 Collection Jake Worthington Republic Nashville May 20
35 The Voice: The Complete Season 7 Collection Craig Wayne Boyd Republic Nashville December 16
18 The Way I'm Livin' Lee Ann Womack Sugar Hill September 23
16 Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard Various Artists Broken Bow April 1

Deaths[edit]

Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees[edit]

  • Wendell Ferguson
  • Ron Sakamoto

Major awards[edit]

American Country Countdown Awards[edit]

(presented December 15 in Nashville)

Academy of Country Music[edit]

(presented April 19, 2015 in Dallas)

ACM Honors

Americana Music Honors & Awards[edit]

American Music Awards[edit]

(presented November 23 in Los Angeles)

Canadian Country Music Association[edit]

(presented September 7 in Edmonton)

Country Music Association[edit]

(presented November 5 in Nashville)

CMT Music Awards[edit]

(presented June 4 in Nashville)

Grammy Awards[edit]

(presented February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles)

Juno Awards[edit]

(presented March 15, 2015 in Hamilton)

See also[edit]

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