Blake Shelton Was the Most Played Artist on Country Radio in 2017

A yearly set of charts tallied by Mediabase – which measures nationwide radio airplay on stations – cites Shelton as Number One

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Blake Shelton Was the Most Played Artist on Country Radio in 2017
Blake Shelton was the year's most played artist on country radio according to Mediabase charts.

The top country radio artists of 2017 have been announced in a yearly set of lists based on data tallied by Mediabase, which measures nationwide radio airplay on stations.

Blake Shelton has been identified as both the year's most-played male and overall artist, based in large part on his two multi-week Number One hits "A Guy With a Girl" and "Every Time I Hear That Song."

Maren Morris was the most-heard female artist of the year, scoring hits with "'80s Mercedes," "I Could Use a Love Song" and her collaboration with Thomas Rhett, "Craving You."

Meanwhile, Florida Georgia Line was the top duo or group for the fifth year in a row and Luke Combs was named 2017's top new artist.

In all, 44 songs hit Number One by 33 different artists this year, but country radio's gender diversity is still in question.

Male artists accounted for 66.2 percent of charted songs, while females only made up 15.7 percent. Likewise, 24 men scored chart-toppers as opposed to three women, and only five women posted Top 15 singles in all of 2017, which is actually down from last year's total of seven. There were no females at all in the overall category's Top 10 artists.

Here's a brief look at the Top Five male, female and overall radio artists of the year, according to Mediabase:

Top Overall Artists
1. Blake Shelton
2. Thomas Rhett
3. Brett Young
4. Jason Aldean
5. Florida Georgia Line

Top Male Artists
1. Blake Shelton
2. Thomas Rhett
3. Brett Young
4. Jason Aldean
5. Jon Pardi

Top Female Artists
1. Maren Morris
2. Kelsea Ballerini
3. Lauren Alaina
4. Carrie Underwood
5. Carly Pearce