Paste's 50 Best Alt-Country Albums of All Time

Paste's 50 Best Alt-Country Albums of All Time

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50. Green On Red - Gas Food Lodging

Green On Red - Gas Food Lodging
January 1, 1985
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
80
1 review

49. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights
September 27, 2005
Alt-Country
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
User Score
81
7 reviews

48. Shelby Lynne - Identity Crisis

Shelby Lynne - Identity Crisis
September 16, 2003
Alt-Country
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

47. Dave Alvin - Romeo's Escape

Dave Alvin - Romeo's Escape
April 3, 2001
Roots Rock
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

46. Lucero - 1372 Overton Park

Lucero - 1372 Overton Park
October 6, 2009
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
80
3 reviews

45. Jim Lauderdale - Pretty Close to the Truth

Jim Lauderdale - Pretty Close to the Truth
August 2, 1994
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
NR

44. Freakwater - Old Paint

Freakwater - Old Paint
October 10, 1995
Alt-Country
Critic Score
86
2 reviews
User Score
NR

43. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
May 13, 2014
Country
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
79
65 reviews

42. Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth

Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth
March 31, 1992
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
NR

41. Bill Mallonee and Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh

Bill Mallonee and Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
April 20, 1999
Americana
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

40. k.d. lang - Ingénue

k.d. lang - Ingénue
March 17, 1992
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
3 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

39. Robbie Fulks - Country Love Songs

Robbie Fulks - Country Love Songs
June 27, 1996
Country
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

38. Kathleen Edwards - Failer

Kathleen Edwards - Failer
January 14, 2003
Alt-Country
Critic Score
76
2 reviews
User Score
92
1 review

37. Rodney Crowell - The Houston Kid

Rodney Crowell - The Houston Kid
January 1, 2001
Alt-Country
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
User Score
NR

36. Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread

Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread
January 14, 2014
Americana
Critic Score
76
9 reviews
User Score
68
17 reviews

35. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I See a Darkness

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I See a Darkness
January 19, 1999
Folk
Critic Score
87
5 reviews
User Score
88
60 reviews

34. Jason & The Scorchers - Lost & Found

Jason & The Scorchers - Lost & Found
January 1, 1985
Alt-Country
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
NR

33. 16 Horsepower - Folklore

16 Horsepower - Folklore
August 6, 2002
Alt-Country
Critic Score
82
2 reviews
User Score
83
4 reviews

32. Julie Miller - Broken Things

Julie Miller - Broken Things
August 17, 1999
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
2 reviews
User Score
NR

31. Mekons - Fear and Whiskey

Mekons - Fear and Whiskey
June 1, 1985
Post-Punk
Critic Score
90
1 review
User Score
86
2 reviews

30. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig
February 16, 2010
Bluegrass
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
User Score
NR

29. My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves

My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
September 9, 2003
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
9 reviews
User Score
85
36 reviews

28. Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)

Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
July 31, 2001
Alt-Country
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
81
16 reviews

27. Joe Henry - Kindness of the World

Joe Henry - Kindness of the World
September 28, 1993
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
NR

26. Steve Earle - El Corazón

Steve Earle - El Corazón
October 7, 1997
Alt-Country
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
88
3 reviews

25. Songs: Ohia - The Magnolia Electric Co.

Songs: Ohia - The Magnolia Electric Co.
March 4, 2003
Alt-Country
Critic Score
89
6 reviews
User Score
88
42 reviews

24. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
September 29, 2009
Americana
Critic Score
74
14 reviews
User Score
83
22 reviews

23. Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues

Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
September 14, 2010
Americana
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
87
4 reviews

22. Patty Griffin - Living with Ghosts

Patty Griffin - Living with Ghosts
May 21, 1996
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
User Score
85
1 review

21. The Bottle Rockets - The Brooklyn Side

The Bottle Rockets - The Brooklyn Side
November 9, 1994
Roots Rock
Critic Score
93
2 reviews
User Score
NR

20. Old 97's - Too Far to Care

Old 97's - Too Far to Care
June 17, 1997
Alt-Country
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
90
1 review

19. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
January 25, 2005
Folk
Critic Score
84
12 reviews
User Score
84
127 reviews

18. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose

Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
April 27, 2004
Country
Critic Score
89
13 reviews
User Score
86
18 reviews

17. Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Jason Isbell - Southeastern
June 11, 2013
Alt-Country
Critic Score
83
10 reviews
User Score
81
51 reviews

It’s the most potent expression to date of Isbell’s talent (including his DBT output) and, hopefully, a harbinger of great things to come.

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16. Lone Justice - Lone Justice

Lone Justice - Lone Justice
January 1, 1985
Country Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
90
1 review

15. Uncle Tupelo - March 16-20, 1992

Uncle Tupelo - March 16-20, 1992
August 3, 1992
Alt-Country
Critic Score
88
2 reviews
User Score
85
2 reviews

14. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
March 7, 2006
Alt-Country
Critic Score
84
15 reviews
User Score
84
21 reviews

13. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker

Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
September 5, 2000
Alt-Country
Critic Score
82
6 reviews
User Score
87
60 reviews

12. Steve Earle - Train a Comin'

Steve Earle - Train a Comin'
February 28, 1995
Alt-Country
Critic Score
82
4 reviews
User Score
NR

11. Johnny Cash - American Recordings

Johnny Cash - American Recordings
April 26, 1994
Country
Critic Score
92
3 reviews
User Score
81
19 reviews

10. The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall

The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall
September 15, 1992
Alt-Country
Critic Score
82
5 reviews
User Score
79
8 reviews

9. Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
September 26, 1995
Alt-Country
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
83
7 reviews

8. Buddy Miller - Your Love and Other Lies

Buddy Miller - Your Love and Other Lies
June 19, 1995
Country
Critic Score
81
2 reviews
User Score
NR

7. Wilco - Being There

Wilco - Being There
October 29, 1996
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
83
59 reviews

6. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism

The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
May 15, 2007
Alt-Country
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
84
12 reviews

5. Drive-By Truckers - Decoration Day

Drive-By Truckers - Decoration Day
June 17, 2003
Southern Rock
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
User Score
82
11 reviews

4. Son Volt - Trace

Son Volt - Trace
September 19, 1995
Alt-Country
Critic Score
96
3 reviews
User Score
82
2 reviews

3. Gillian Welch - Revival

Gillian Welch - Revival
April 9, 1996
Americana
Critic Score
81
2 reviews
User Score
84
4 reviews

2. Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
June 30, 1998
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
91
5 reviews
User Score
84
19 reviews

1. Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne

Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
October 5, 1993
Alt-Country
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
90
4 reviews
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