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Country Hits by Non-Country Artists

Jon Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie, Kid Rock
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The list of artists who would not be defined as “country” by any mainstream country fan, but have had country hits, is pretty substantial. Several rock and pop stars have either tried their hand at a country song or album over the years, while a few kind of had “accidental” country hits. Here are some of them:

1. The Eagles

The Eagles have long dabbled in or played with a country sound in many of their hit songs, but the band is most widely considered a rock or pop band. In 1975 they hit #8 with the undeniably country sounding ‘Lyin Eyes.’ It was one of eight Eagles songs that have spent time on the country charts. In 2007 they did an “actual” country album and hit the top 10 again with ‘How Long.’

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2. Lionel Richie

Lionel is another artist who’s sound has covered a wide range of styles over the years, but of course is known primarily as a pop and R&B artist. Lionel hit both the pop and country charts in 1984 with ‘Stuck On You,’ which peaked at a modest #24 on the country charts. He did better chart-wise on his collaboration with Alabama, ‘Deep River Woman,’ which peaked at #10.

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3. Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

This one is a twofer. Both Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow made their names as rock artists, but they joined together in 2003 and went to #21 on the country charts (#4 pop) with ‘Picture.’ Kid Rock also scored big on the country side with his crossover hit ‘All Summer Long’ in 2008 and Sheryl Crow put out a country album in 2013.

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4. Jon Bon Jovi

He may be best known for his hair band days, but Jon Bon Jovi scored big as a country artists on ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home,’ his duet with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. The song was a #1 country hit in 2006.

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5. Julio Iglesias

Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias hit the country charts not once, but twice along with the help of Willie Nelson. ‘To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before’ was a #1 country hit (#5 pop) in 1984. Julio wasn’t done though, as he and Willie returned with ‘Spanish Eyes’ in 1988, which peaked at #8.

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A few other notable country contributions from non-country artists include…

  • Jewel’s ‘Stronger Woman’ that went to #13 in 2008
  • Jessica Simpson’s ‘Come On Over’ which peaked at #41
  • Vince Neil of Motley Crue hit #52 along with Justin Moore on ‘Home Sweet Home’ earlier in 2014. The song was a much bigger crowd favorite than an actual hit.

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