Best country music albums of all time

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Best country music albums of all time Photo: U.S. Air Force

Best country music albums of all time

Best country music albums of all time

Photo: U.S. Air Force

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Best country music albums of all time

Best country music albums of all time

Photo: U.S. Air Force

Best country music albums of all time

If baseball is America’s favorite pastime, country music may well be America’s favorite music genre. Country music has deep roots in America, and different country artists have taken the genre to new stylistic directions.

Ray Price messed around with rhythm, Willie Nelson veered into jazzy realms, and modern country artists such as Eric Church and Sam Hunt meld rock and R&B with country flavors. The genre has continued to expand to feature new subgenres such as “country trap”—perhaps the most well-known song to fit into this genre is Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” The song stirred up controversy after it reached #19 on the country music charts; Billboard disqualified the track, saying it did not include “enough elements of today’s country music.”

Country has gone by several different names. Country musician Harlan Howard pegged it as “three chords and the truth,” while others have described it as the music of heartache or line dancing. Besides having various names, country music is also a genre that welcomes the reinventing of existing songs as much as it embraces the writing of new ones.

Leading up to the 53rd Annual Country Music Association Awards—which airs Nov. 13, 2019, on ABC and will be hosted by Carrie Underwood with guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton—Stacker has compiled a list of the best country albums of all time as per Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Country Albums list. These ratings are based on albums’ weekly performance on…

Stacker has compiled a list of the best country albums of all time as per Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Country Albums list. These ratings are based on albums’ weekly performance on the Top Country Albums chart from January 1996 to June 2016.

This article was first published on theStacker.com

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