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AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 30: Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band performs onstage during the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival at The Frank Erwin Center on April 30, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

When the world got word in 2014 that Garth Brooks was coming out of retirement and would begin touring again, some wondered how successful he could be. Yes, he was a global superstar in the ’90s, but that was then. What about now?

Forbes offered a pretty definitive answer this week in its list of The World’s Highest-Paid Country Musicians 2017. The Garth man topped ’em all. The country megastar raked in an impressive $60 million, besting his closest competition (Kenny Chesney) by $17.5 million. Here’s how everyone else did.

The World’s Highest-Paid Country Musicians 2017

Zac Brown Band: $25 million (tie)
Eric Church: $25 million (tie)
Keith Urban: $30 million
Blake Shelton: $31.5 million
Jason Aldean: $32.5 million
Florida Georgia Line: $34.5 million (tie)
Toby Keith: $34.5 million (tie)
Dolly Parton: $37 million
Luke Bryan: $42 million
Kenny Chesney: $42.5 million
Garth Brooks: $60 million


Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.