Country music has no shortage of good looking country boys. Newcomers like Kane Brown are turning heads, while country’s elite — like Luke Bryan — continue to make girls go wild every night they hit the stage. These two make us melt with their music and their looks, but who is the No. 1 sexiest man in country music this year?
There’s only one way to find out who earned the 2016 top spot. Click through this gallery and enjoy 10 photos of the best looking men in country (go ahead and click through a few times, we won’t tell). Whether they’re donning high-dollar suits or simply wearing a T-shirt and jeans, these 10 men maintain their sex appeal at all times. Leather jackets really get us going, too — looking at you, Ryan! We love the music these men make, but we’re here to celebrate their hair, their eyes, those charming smiles and even a few buff bods (ahem, Sam Hunt).
You’ll find that a few gentlemen return from last year’s list, but otherwise, it’s a shakeup. We added a sexy songwriter, some newcomers and those tried-and-true hotties that we can’t get enough of year after year. Note: In addition to the obvious (their looks), this list weighs how ‘hot’ an artist’s career has been within the given year.
No. 3: Sam Hunt
Duh. Sam Hunt topped our Sexiest list last year, and he’s back to defend his title. He’s an ex-football player with a buff body that is what dreams are made of (yes, we’ve been looking). He’s tall, dark and oh-so-handsome, but the best part? He’s shy and sweet and extremely humble, which is completely unexpected. Oh, and he loves his mama!
Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me” earns a Top 10 position on this week’s Mediabase country radio chart.
“Make You Miss Me,” the fifth officially radio single from Sam Hunt’s double platinum “Montevallo,” is now a Top 10 hit at country radio.
The song rises one place to #10 on this week’s Mediabase country radio singles chart.
The #10 ranking is based on chart points, but “Make You Miss Me” also ranks as the Mediabase country panel’s #10 song for airplay and audience impressions.
It received ~5,140 spins (+501) and ~35.648 million impressions during the July 10-16 tracking period.
“Leave The Night On,” “Take Your Time,” and “House Party” — the first three singles from “Montevallo” — all reached #1 at country radio. Fourth single “Break Up In A Small Town” peaked at #2 on the Mediabase chart.
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What can’t Sam Hunt do well? This week, the “Make You Miss Me” singer posted a video of himself slam-dunking a basketball in a pool.
The slow-motion 360 video shows Hunt jumping over an inflatable swan, rotating the basketball behind his back and then dunking it in one try. While it’s uncertain if this took a few takes, it remains an impressive shot.
This pool day is a break for Hunt, who has been hard at work on the road and on his sophomore album. While there is no release date set, the singer has said several artists have been giving him songs to consider for the project, including Snoop Dogg (really!).
In an interview with Rolling Stone Country earlier this year, Hunt revealed that the rapper pitched him a few songs for his next project.
“He came on the bus and played me a few songs before we played the show,” the country singer says. “I was just flattered that he was interested enough to offer those opportunities and contribute. I love that, stereotypes aside, he loves music and genres don’t matter.”
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg shared with Billboard some of the songs he played on the bus for Hunt.
“We just presented Sam Hunt with four songs that my artists [on Cadillac Music] wrote for him that will hopefully make Sam’s record,” Snoop explained. “One of them is ‘So Proud to Be an American,’ it’s like an anthem and it makes you feel good to be who you are.”
Somehow — even with everything he has going on professionally — Hunt still has time to work on his game.
American Country Music Singer-Songwriter, Sam Hunt has taken the nation by storm with his debut album, Montevallo, reaching double platinum. The Georgia native is the first artist to reach three top country charts simultaneously in 22 years. LMG Touring is on the road with Sam Hunt in support of his tour.
The vision behind the design of the tour was to create a unique show while accommodating for the headline and support slots Sam would be performing in. “The key question that was on our minds during conception, was how do we design an experience that puts Sam at a new level as an entertainer, but yet be efficient and clean with these support slots,” explains Graig Clinton, Production Manager for Sam Hunt.
To bring Sam’s musical moments to life, LMG’s 18MM Hybrid LED tiles were chosen for versatility. “The Roe 18MM Hybrid, played a roll in a major last minute design for a surprise street show in Nashville for Sam’s one-year anniversary of Montevallo,” says Clinton. “We wanted that show to be somewhat of a birthing place for ideas for 2016. We were intrigued by the 100mil dot and the ability to use multiple content in one panel. Essentially, using it as another “lighting” fixture.”
“We bounced around the idea of going more high res with the panels, but landed that on a content stand point, we valued more textural elements in stead of focal content,” states Clinton. “Having the Hybrid allowed more flexibility in creating those moments. We are very pleased with the decision to stick with this product.”
Quick load in and out was the focus in the initial design of the show. “The main thing we wanted was to be able to get off support positions in 8 to 10 minutes,” explains Clinton. “Along with being able to produce to great show. The great thing about this rig, is that it is somewhat flexible. That was our main goal in the design and outlook of the year.”
LMG Touring and the production team worked closely together to translate the high energy of Hunt’s music. “LMG, played a huge part in the direction of this vision. Craig was able to engage during the creative process and offer many different solutions,” says Clinton. “Having the ability to have someone gain a bigger prospective and catch the vision was an amazing experience when trying to land the right products for the show. The flexibility that LMG had during the many changes was extremely impressive and proved to show much investment to our direction.”
“It’s been a pleasure working with the Sam Hunt team. They are using our ROE Hybrid product in very creative ways.” Craig Mitchell, LMG’s Touring Director, recaps. “It’s a great looking show!”