Rolling Stone's 40 Best Country Albums of 2015

Rolling Stone's 40 Best Country Albums of 2015

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40. Old Dominion - Meat and Candy

Old Dominion - Meat and Candy
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

39. George Strait - Cold Beer Conversation

George Strait - Cold Beer Conversation
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

38. John Anderson - Goldmine

John Anderson - Goldmine
May 16, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review

37. The Deslondes - The Deslondes

The Deslondes - The Deslondes
June 9, 2015
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

36. Turnpike Troubadours - Turnpike Troubadours

Turnpike Troubadours - Turnpike Troubadours
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

33. Jason Boland and the Stragglers - Squelch

Jason Boland and the Stragglers - Squelch
October 9, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

31. Tyler Farr - Suffer in Peace

Tyler Farr - Suffer in Peace
April 28, 2015
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

29. Lindi Ortega - Faded Gloryville

Lindi Ortega - Faded Gloryville
August 7, 2015
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

27. Kelsea Ballerini - The First Time

Kelsea Ballerini - The First Time
May 18, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

26. Thomas Rhett - Tangled Up

Thomas Rhett - Tangled Up
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

25. Luke Bryan - Kill the Lights

Luke Bryan - Kill the Lights
August 7, 2015
Critic Score
69
6 reviews

24. Carrie Underwood - Storyteller

Carrie Underwood - Storyteller
October 23, 2015
Critic Score
72
6 reviews

23. Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde

Zac Brown Band - Jekyll + Hyde
April 28, 2015
Critic Score
56
7 reviews

22. James McMurtry - Complicated Game

James McMurtry - Complicated Game
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

21. Sam Outlaw - Angeleno

Sam Outlaw - Angeleno
June 9, 2015
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

20. Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete

Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

19. A Thousand Horses - Southernality

A Thousand Horses - Southernality
June 9, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review

18. Kid Rock - First Kiss

Kid Rock - First Kiss
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
60
4 reviews

17. Chris Janson - Buy Me a Boat

Chris Janson - Buy Me a Boat
October 30, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review

15. Cam - Untamed

Cam - Untamed
December 11, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

14. Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
June 23, 2015
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

It misses some of Trailer's storytelling wistfulness and formal experiments — but track for track, it's stronger, an object lesson in Nashville songwriting.

12. Will Hoge - Small Town Dreams

Will Hoge - Small Town Dreams
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review

11. The Mavericks - Mono

The Mavericks - Mono
February 17, 2015
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

10. Kristian Bush - Southern Gravity

Kristian Bush - Southern Gravity
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
60
1 review

9. Maddie & Tae - Start Here

Maddie & Tae - Start Here
August 28, 2015
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

Even when the sentiments are more traditional, though, Maddie & Tae sound tough-minded and stout-hearted.

8. Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart

Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart
April 14, 2015
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

6. Kip Moore - Wild Ones

Kip Moore - Wild Ones
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
68
3 reviews

5. Ashley Monroe - The Blade

Ashley Monroe - The Blade
July 24, 2015
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

Her third LP imagines a 2015 mainstream by reflecting what it once was — Loretta and Dolly in the Sixties, sure, but also Emmylou in the Eighties and Reba in the Nineties.

4. Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood

Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

It's no big shock to hear him big-upping Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (and even nicking one of his tunes) on this album, where he cleverly juggles genres and often leans on his somber singer-songwriter side.

3. Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Chris Stapleton - Traveller
May 5, 2015
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

2. Don Henley - Cass County

Don Henley - Cass County
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
70
5 reviews

1. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
July 17, 2015
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
It's a master class in songwriting from an artist who's never sounded more confident.
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/40-best-country-albums-of-2015-20151208
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