Whether you like her or not, and whether you say she's country or not, it doesn't matter. Taylor Swift is influential, and she represents not only country music well but how to be a good person as well.
Keith Urban has held his ground as elite country superstar status as the young guns, such as Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert, take over. His past 16 album singles have all reached the Top 5 on the County Billboard Charts, and eight have gone #1.
She bumped down a spot on the list from 2013, but her list of accolades and accomplishments only went up. More importantly, the reasons why she is influential in country music have only grown deeper since last year.