Country Pop

Country pop developed as a genre in the 70s following trends established by Nashville sound. Artists such as Glen Campbell and John Denver effectively blended elements of folk rock, country and pop. John Denver was particularly successful with many hits that combined country influences with his folk style such as Rocky Mountain High, Annie’s Song and Thank God I’m a Country Boy. A few years later in the mid-70s, Dolly Parton, who had roots in country music, began an extremely successful crossover into pop and Here You Come Again was highly popular. This success continued in the 80s when Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers released the duet, Islands in the Stream

Country pop perseveres in the mainstream to this day due to the likes of Shania Twain and Garth Brooks achieving success in the 90s. More recently, artists such as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus all incorporate country elements and are among the leading pop stars. Due to the relatively long time-span of country pop’s prevalence, and the ever-changing landscape of mainstream popular music, it is difficult to outline common characteristics within the genre however you can typically expect softer vocals and backing vocals, as well as more glossy, pop production.

Notable artists:

Shania Twain

Dolly Parton

Glen Campbell

Garth Brooks

Carrie Underwood

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