As familiar as the hits on country radio may be, sometimes a single hot country song isn’t all you need. Sometimes you want to hear an artist’s entire vision from start to finish, and that’s why you turn instead to both the hottest albums of today and the classics that have made your year or decade. Some artists are defined by their debut album, while others build to the peak of their career and have a benchmark album full of chart topping singles tied together by other songs that give the album its full identity.
There are also some famous country albums out there that can define a unique twist or turn in an otherwise traditional artist’s portfolio. Do you remember the time Garth Brooks released an album as Chris Gaines? Sometimes being the most popular country artist on the planet isn’t enough, and you need to get a concept out of your head (and onto vinyl!) before you can move on entertaining stadiums full of people night in and night out. What will be the hottest country album of 2013? What stands to be the most unique country record you hear?
Top Country Albums
Based on a True Story…
Precious Memories: Volume II
Spring Break: Here to Party
Just Feels Good
Florida Georgia Line
Here’s to the Good Times
Same Trailer Different Park
Tailgates & Tanlines
Best Country Albums
Blake Shelton’s Voice is Everywhere
“Based on a True Story…” is Blake Shelton’s latest album, so in addition to his continued role as a mentor on The Voice, he now is leading the Billboard Hot Country Album chart. No news if he plans to play the album start to finish at his live shows, but you’ll never know until you get yourself a Blake Shelton concert ticket!
Luke Bryan is the only country artist with two albums currently in the top ten, and we can all agree that takes some serious skill. His “Spring Break… Here to Party” has only been on the charts for about a month, but his “Tailgates & Tanlines” is still hanging strong in the country albums chart top 10 after 86 (86!) weeks on Billboard’s radar. That dude knows how to throw a shindig with lyrics to put anyone in the mood for a shot & a beer.
Two albums in the top five are brand new this week, Alan Jackson’s “Precious Memories: Volume II” and Thompson Square’s “Just Feels Good.” The following videos should give you a small insight to what you’ll get from these new country albums.