Although not one of the most exciting stage performers to emerge from the thriving 1980s Nashville music scene (by way of his home base of Texas), Strait is simply an exceptional country singer who consistently writes and records radio friendly country-pop songs. Still a major concert draw today, Strait has had a remarkable career. He's released 26 albums since the late 1970s, nearly all of which have gone gold or platinum. He has had 31 singles hit #1 on the Billboard Country charts (as well as a half dozen in the Top 10); and his sole movie project, entitled Pure Country, was a box office champ in its genre. His four-CD box set, released in 1995, remains one of the best selling CD compilations of all time.