New West Leads 15th Annual Country Music Critic' Poll

Results of the 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll 

See all our 15th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll coverage: the full list of results, our interview with Sturgill Simpson, our feature on Angaleena Presley, and our critics' comments.

For the Scene's 15th annual Country Music Critics' Poll, we surveyed 90 music writers across the country to determine 2014's top country albums, singles, performers and more. See the results of our poll below.

1. Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers)

2. Miranda Lambert, Platinum (RCA)

3. Lee Ann Womack, The Way I'm Livin' (Sugar Hill)

4. Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread (Blue Note)

5. Angaleena Presley, American Middle Class (Slate Creek/Thirty Tigers)

6. Eric Church, The Outsiders (EMI Nashville)

7. Dierks Bentley, Riser (Capitol Nashville)

8. Little Big Town, Pain Killer (Capitol Nashville)

9. Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy (ATO)

10. Rodney Crowell, Tarpaper Sky (New West)

11. Nikki Lane, All or Nothin' (New West)

12. Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers)

13. Willie Nelson, Band of Brothers (Legacy)

14. Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Saturday Night / Sunday Morning (Superlatone/Thirty Tigers)

15. Carlene Carter, Carter Girl (Rounder)

16. Hurray for the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes (ATO)

17. John Fullbright, Songs (Blue Dirt/Thirty Tigers)

18. Sam Hunt, Montevallo (MCA Nashville)

19. Billy Joe Shaver, Long in the Tooth (Thirty Tigers)

20. Sunny Sweeney, Provoked (Thirty Tigers)

21. Parker Millsap, Parker Millsap (Okra Homa)

22. Jim Lauderdale, I'm a Song (Sky Crunch)

23. Shovels and Rope, Swimmin' Time (Dualtone)

24. Robert Ellis, The Lights from the Chemical Plant (New West)

25. Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here (Thrift Shop)

26. Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else (Bloodshot)

27. Dolly Parton, Blue Smoke (Dolly/Sony)

28. Mary Gauthier, Trouble & Love (In the Back)

29. Tim McGraw, Sundown Heaven Town (Big Machine)

30. John Hiatt, Terms of My Surrender (New West)

1. Maddie and Tae, "Girl in a Country Song" (Republic/Dot)

2. Miranda Lambert, "Automatic" (RCA)

3. Eric Church, "Give Me Back My Hometown" (EMI Nashville)

4. Lee Ann Womack, "The Way I'm Livin'" (Sugar Hill)

5. Dierks Bentley, "Drunk on a Plane" (Capitol Nashville)

6. Sturgill Simpson, "Turtles All the Way Down" (High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers)

7. Kenny Chesney, "American Kids" (Blue Chair/Columbia)

8. Little Big Town, "Girl Crush" (Capitol Nashville)

9. Tim McGraw, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" (Big Machine)

10. Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow" (Mercury Nashville)

11. Dierks Bentley, "I Hold On" (Capitol Nashville)

12. Eric Church, "Cold One" (EMI Nashville)

13. Brantley Gilbert, "Bottoms Up" (Valory)

14. Keith Urban, "Cop Car" (Capitol Nashville)

15. Kira Isabella, "Quarterback" (HitShop)

16. Rosanne Cash, "A Feather's Not a Bird" (Blue Note)

17. Lee Brice, "I Don't Dance" (Curb)

18. Sunny Sweeney, "Bad Girl Phase" (Thirty Tigers)

19. Little Big Town, "Day Drinking" (Capitol Nashville)

20. Sam Hunt, "Leave the Night On" (MCA Nashville)

21. Carrie Underwood, "Something in the Water" (Arista Nashville)

22. Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson, "Hard to Be an Outlaw" (Thirty Tigers)

23. Old Crow Medicine Show, "Sweet Amarillo" (ATO)

24. (tie) Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, "Somethin' Bad" (RCA)

24. (tie) Lady Antebellum, "Bartender" (Capitol Nashville)

24. (tie) Eric Church, "Talladega" (EMI Nashville)

27. Kacey Musgraves, "Keep It to Yourself" (Mercury Nashville)

28. Hurray for the Riff Raff, "The Body Electric" (ATO)

29. Nikki Lane, "Right Time" (New West)

30. Glen Campbell, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" (Big Machine)

Male Vocalists

1. Sturgill Simpson

2. Eric Church

3. Dierks Bentley

4. George Strait

5. Blake Shelton

6. Rodney Crowell

7. Willie Nelson

8. Sam Hunt

9. David Nail

10. Keith Urban


1. Sturgill Simpson

2. Rosanne Cash

3. Shane McAnally

4. Angaleena Presley

5. Brandy Clark

6. Rodney Crowell

7. Miranda Lambert

8. Lucinda Williams

9. Natalie Hemby

10. Luke Laird

New Acts
1. Angaleena Presley

2. Sam Hunt

3. Maddie & Tae

4. Parker Millsap

5. Sturgill Simpson

6. Nikki Lane

7. Jon Pardi

8. The Delines

9. Cole Swindell

10. Kira Isabella