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Country Music's 10 Biggest Pop Crossover Successes

The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she's reinventing the wheel in her journey from plucking a banjo to the top of the pops, but country crossover artists have made moves into the mainstream for decades, arguably more so than artists in any other genre.

Before Taylor Swift, country crossover stars sold millions of records to people who would have never considered themselves fans of the genre. Whatever you think about "poppy" country, there's no denying the massive appeal of these ten artists who got their start in Nashville.

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Amy McCarthy