Top 20 Best-Selling Country Artists of All Time: No. 13 Kenny Chesney

by Jim Casey

Kenny Chesney has been scoring hits with tractors, tequila, pretty girls, and pirate flags for more than 20 years.

Along the way, Kenny has become one of the Top 20 Best-Selling County Artists of All Time. The Tennessee native clocks in at No. 13 on our list, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The RIAA tracks domestic album sales in the U.S. with its metallic and jeweled designations: Gold (500,000 units), Platinum (1 million units), Multi-Platinum (2 million units and more), and Diamond (10 million units).

No. 13: Kenny Chesney

  • 30.5 Million Units Sold
  • 5 Multi-Platinum Albums
  • 10 Platinum Albums
  • 5 Gold Albums
  • 5 Multi-Platinum Singles
  • 12 Platinum Singles
  • 24 Gold Singles

Greatest Album

Kenny Chesney has earned five Multi-Platinum albums during his rarefied run of success. If fortune favors the bold, consider Kenny bold. He released his Greatest Hits album in 2000, after only a handful of studio albums. Yes, it was bold. Yes, it was a boon.

Kenny’s Greatest Hits has been certified 5X Platinum for sales of 5 million units. The 17-song collection featured past hits like “She’s Got It All,” “How Forever Feels,” and more. The album also included two new tracks, “I Lost It” and “Don’t Happen Twice,” as well as a re-recording of “The Tin Man.”

In addition, two of Kenny’s studio albums have been certified 4X Platinum for sales of 4 million units: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (2002) and When the Sun Goes Down (2004).

Platinum Prince

Five of Kenny’s singles have been certified 2X Platinum for sales of 2 million units each: “Get Along,” “American Kids,” “Come Over,” “Somewhere With You,” and “You and Tequila,” featuring Grace Potter.

In addition, Kenny has earned another dozen Platinum singles.

Add 25 Gold singles to that tally, as well.

In Defense of Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney has earned more No. 1 singles (31) on the Billboard Country Airplay chart (created in 1990) than any artist in history. Yep, more than Tim McGraw (29), Blake Shelton (28), Alan Jackson (26), and George Strait (26).

Amazingly, Kenny has managed to couple his longevity with a penchant for chart-toppers. He is the only artist in history to score No. 1 singles on the Airplay chart in four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s). Kenny’s record-setting run began with “She’s Got It All” in 1997 and continued with “Here and Now” in 2020.