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When I was 17, I paid close attention to every single thing I read in Seventeen. Like they were the official authority. And after reading their story on the hottest country singers, I’m realizing they might still be right. This list is dead on.
They have Kacey Musgraves at the top, citing the fact that Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert are both fans of the country newcomer. Plus Hunter Hayes made the list. The magazine admits he is hot, but they add that “he’s also an amazing singer” and they link to an adorable video of Hayes playing the accordion on Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out when he was a little boy.
Along with Jana Kramer and Ashley Monroe, the list also includes Thomas Rhett , because of his voice and his family genes for songwriting. And Lauren Alaina , who got her big break on American Idol and now has songs full of pure country sass. Rising stars Katie Armiger, Kristy Lee Cook and Payton Rae also made the list.