Rolling Stone's 40 Best Country Albums of 2016

Rolling Stone's 40 Best Country Albums of 2016

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40. Dwight Yoakam - Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars…

Dwight Yoakam - Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars…
September 23, 2016
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
76
5 reviews

39. Dolly Parton - Pure & Simple

Dolly Parton - Pure & Simple
August 19, 2016
Country
Critic Score
59
8 reviews
User Score
76
6 reviews
Generally tasteful and acoustic, Dolly Parton's 43rd studio album is most effective at its most effortless.
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38. Mandolin Orange - Blindfaller

Mandolin Orange - Blindfaller
September 30, 2016
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
NR

37. William Tyler - Modern Country

William Tyler - Modern Country
June 3, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
78
57 reviews

36. Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life

Courtney Marie Andrews - Honest Life
August 19, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
71
8 reviews

35. The Cadillac Three - Bury Me in My Boots

The Cadillac Three - Bury Me in My Boots
August 5, 2016
Southern Rock
Critic Score
50
1 review
User Score
60
1 review

34. Cody Jinks - I'm Not the Devil

Cody Jinks - I'm Not the Devil
August 12, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
81
4 reviews

33. Willie Nelson - For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

Willie Nelson - For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price
September 16, 2016
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
NR

32. Parker Millsap - The Very Last Day

Parker Millsap - The Very Last Day
March 25, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
82
7 reviews

31. Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like a Levee

Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like a Levee
October 7, 2016
Indie Folk
Critic Score
77
7 reviews
User Score
77
49 reviews

30. The Record Company - Give It Back To You

The Record Company - Give It Back To You
February 12, 2016
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
73
4 reviews

29. Darrell Scott - Couchville Sessions

Darrell Scott - Couchville Sessions
May 13, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

28. Robert Ellis - Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis - Robert Ellis
June 3, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
User Score
75
8 reviews

27. John Paul White - Beulah

John Paul White - Beulah
August 19, 2016
Folk Rock
Critic Score
70
4 reviews
User Score
70
8 reviews

26. case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs
June 17, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
77
107 reviews

25. Randy Rogers Band - Nothing Shines Like Neon

Randy Rogers Band - Nothing Shines Like Neon
January 15, 2016
Country
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
65
3 reviews

24. Cody Johnson - Gotta Be Me

Cody Johnson - Gotta Be Me
August 5, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

23. Paul Cauthen - My Gospel

Paul Cauthen - My Gospel
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
65
2 reviews
User Score
NR

22. Shovels & Rope - Little Seeds

Shovels & Rope - Little Seeds
October 7, 2016
Folk
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
75
5 reviews

21. Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20

Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
February 5, 2016
Americana
Critic Score
81
14 reviews
User Score
74
58 reviews
Yeah, it's literary; yeah, it's the polar opposite of cosmetic-surgery pop. As such, it's not for everyone. But its jazzy rawness represents a high point of emotional craft in a career defined by it.
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20. Carrie Rodriguez - Lola

Carrie Rodriguez - Lola
February 19, 2016
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
71
2 reviews

19. Keith Urban - Ripcord

Keith Urban - Ripcord
May 6, 2016
Country
Critic Score
70
4 reviews
User Score
62
10 reviews

18. Vince Gill - Down to My Last Bad Habit

Vince Gill - Down to My Last Bad Habit
February 12, 2016
Country
Critic Score
70
3 reviews
User Score
70
3 reviews

17. William Michael Morgan - Vinyl

William Michael Morgan - Vinyl
September 30, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

16. Hayes Carll - Lovers and Leavers

Hayes Carll - Lovers and Leavers
April 8, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
67
3 reviews
User Score
95
1 review

15. Robbie Fulks - Upland Stories

Robbie Fulks - Upland Stories
April 1, 2016
Americana
Critic Score
80
6 reviews
User Score
74
8 reviews

14. Jonny Fritz - Sweet Creep

Jonny Fritz - Sweet Creep
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
79
4 reviews
User Score
65
1 review

13. Aubrie Sellers - New City Blues

Aubrie Sellers - New City Blues
January 29, 2016
Country
Critic Score
73
2 reviews
User Score
76
3 reviews

12. Lydia Loveless - Real

Lydia Loveless - Real
August 19, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
73
22 reviews

11. Brent Cobb - Shine on Rainy Day

Brent Cobb - Shine on Rainy Day
October 7, 2016
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
78
4 reviews

10. Jon Pardi - California Sunrise

Jon Pardi - California Sunrise
June 17, 2016
Country
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
65
4 reviews

9. Loretta Lynn - Full Circle

Loretta Lynn - Full Circle
March 4, 2016
Country
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
User Score
70
35 reviews
Fittingly, just as Lynn brought frankness to other topics, she brings it here to mortality.
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8. Lori McKenna - The Bird & the Rifle

Lori McKenna - The Bird & the Rifle
July 29, 2016
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
79
7 reviews

7. Brothers Osborne - Pawn Shop

Brothers Osborne - Pawn Shop
January 15, 2016
Country
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
74
8 reviews

6. Brandy Clark - Big Day in a Small Town

Brandy Clark - Big Day in a Small Town
June 10, 2016
Country
Critic Score
84
4 reviews
User Score
80
13 reviews
Its sequel, and proper major label debut, ups the ante: It's music tooled alternately for stadiums and songwriting circles, commercial and public radio, line-dance bars and coffee shops.
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5. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
April 15, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
User Score
79
232 reviews

Sailor's Guide is classic album length – nine songs, 39 minutes – and best heard in one sitting; this is Nashville craft less as pop science than as expansive headphone storytelling.

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4. Drive-By Truckers - American Band

Drive-By Truckers - American Band
September 30, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
85
13 reviews
User Score
74
55 reviews
It's political rock that never confuses passionate commitment with smug certainty, asking more questions than it answers on a hero's journey into our darkest national impulses, and maybe in some small way, beyond them.
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3. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
March 25, 2016
Country
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
76
72 reviews

Midwest Farmer's Daughter is the first full-on country release on Third Man, the Nashville based label run by suspect carpetbagger Jack White, and dude was smart to wait ‘til he had an act this undeniable.

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2. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings
November 18, 2016
Country
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
78
34 reviews

The Nashville star's most ambitious LP, a range-y two-disc set ditching country's mainstream playbook for the sort of Great Album rock acts used to spit out regularly back in the day.

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1. Maren Morris - Hero

Maren Morris - Hero
June 3, 2016
Country
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
70
32 reviews
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/country/lists/40-best-country-albums-of-2016-w452950

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