Check Out the Best of Country Music
When most music buffs hear about CMT Music they will think about a lot of the really legendary singers of the genre right away. There are so many awesome acts in the genre of CMT Music that you can go on for probably an eternity just listening to some of the best singers you have ever heard in your life. What makes CMT Music so special? Well, it's one of those genres that know how to sell a song that connects to so many people no matter what genre that happen to love listening to. You are more likely to find people who are, for example, in love with rap music but they can also come across a Country Music song that they also absolutely love but maybe wouldn't want their friends to know that they love. We want to share with you here some great examples of Country Music so that you can see how much Country music has evolved over time.
Sixth Generation Country Music
Currently, we are in the sixth generation of Country Music which is the 2000's and up to 2014. To represent this generation, we will go with the artist Carrie Underwood. She's one of the fastest growing country music artists of this generation and has a huge following almost overnight.
Click the player below to hear Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away".
Fifth Generation Country Music
Going in reverse we will visit the fifth generation of country music which spans from the 1990's. This was actually the first generation that got the chance to experience being played on both AM and FM radio stations. Prior to that time, country music was primarily only played on AM radio stations. This was also the generation that saw the sensation of Billy Ray Cyrus which is the one we will choose to represent this generation.
Click the music player to hear Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart".
Fourth Generation Country Music
The fourth generation of country spans from the 1970's through the 1980's and introduced us to a few new branches of country music. One of those areas of country music is called Country Pop and is perfectly heard in the duet with Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers in 1983. If you could guess what song that was you would be right if you guessed "Islands in the Stream".
Click the music player now to hear Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers sing "Islands in the Stream".
Third Generation Country Music
The third generation of country music spanning from the 1950's to the 1960's gave us the start of an area of country music that we still enjoy very much today which is country rock. To introduce you to what were the beginnings of country rock we must introduce you to Bob Dylan.
Click the player now to check out Bob Dylan with "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight".
Second Generation Country Music
The second generation of country music saw the end of World War II and gave us the first platinum selling country gospel artists in Red Foley. This generation also spawned areas of country such as Hillbilly boogie and Honky Tonk.
Click the player now to take a listen to Red Foley signing "Peace in the Valley".
First Generation Country Music
To bring it all back to the roots of country music we will end it with the first generation which starts in the 1920's. We couldn't have chosen a better way to take you all the way back to the beginning of country music with dropping you off with one of the first commercial recordings ever made in country music by Eck Robertson and Henry Gilliland.
Take a listen by clicking the player to hear Eck Robertson & Henry Gilliland with "Turkey and the Straw".
What a journey this has been in music education in the area of country music. How did you enjoy your journey with us? We hope that you have found all the free listens to your liking as well as the brief education along the way. Now, if you played all the songs starting from the first generation back up to the present you will notice all the changes country music has undergone since its roots.