Taylor Swift was one of the most famous country singers in the world in 2012, and then she shocked fans by releasing the album “Red,” which featured synth-pop songs and even a foray into dubstep. The transition wasn’t too sudden, though, as Swift had been starting to include more pop songs such as “You Belong With Me” in her more recent albums.
People know P!nk today as the tough rocker chick behind smashes like “So What” and “Raise Your Glass,” but back in the early 2000s she was known for her emotional R&B records. Although she is still clearly influenced by the genre, P!nk let R&B fall to the wayside as she began releasing hard-rocking radio tracks like “Get the Party Started.”
Back in the 1990s, Rucker was the lead singer of the popular rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. When he released his first solo album in 2001, Rucker surprised his fans by recording a more R&B-infused sound. However, that surprise paled in comparison to the shock of his total shift into country music in 2008. His cover of “Wagon Wheel” continues to be a country hit.