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July 11, 2017 04:45 PM

They may sing about the simple joys of life, but top country singers are raking in some serious cash.

On Tuesday, Forbes released the 2017 list of the World’s Highest-Paid Country Music Stars, with the top 10 crooners earning a total of $366 million this year.

Topping the list is Garth Brooks, whose busy touring schedule brought in $60 million in the past year.

Kenny Chesney landed the No. 2 spot with $42.5 million, and Luke Bryan follows closely with $42 million, both of whom earned their paychecks with touring and the help of endorsement deals.

Dolly Parton makes an appearance at fourth on the list. The 71-year-old singer earned in the mid-six figures range at her 63 shows over the past year, earning her a respectable $37 million. Publishing paychecks and her Dollywood theme park also add to her income.

Rounding out the top five are Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line, who tied at $34.5 million.

The rest of the top 10 are Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Eric Church and the Zac Brown Band.

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The staggering earnings of the list are actually down from last year, dipping from $393 million to $366 million.

This year’s list was notably missing some of country’s biggest female singers. Carrie Underwood, who made the list last year by earning $26 million, and Miranda Lambert, who made $18 million in 2016, just missed the cut. However, with Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini gaining ground – and new albums and tours from Faith Hill and Shania Twain – next year’s list may be a bit more balanced.

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