The Best Country Music Albums of All Time

Garth Brooks On Stage
Country musician superstar Garth Brooks. Paul Natkin / Getty Images

This list includes some of the most influential country music albums ever released. While it is by no means an exhaustive list, it has been painstakingly compiled from many sources (including Billboard charts, album charts, and various surveys and polls). A good dose of common sense also played a role in this compilation.

Keep in mind that this list is in no way meant to represent exact chart positions or total sales and is not necessarily a reflection of album popularity. Any omissions are purely unintentional.

This 1976 album became the first in the genre to top one million copies sold. It also marked the industry's transition into a more alternative sound and aesthetic. Each musician featured got a career boost.

"No Fences" includes the hits "The Thunder Rolls," "Wild Horses," "Two of a Kind" and "Friends in Low Places." The album earned Brooks comparisons to George Strait, John Anderson and Hank Williams Jr. The delivery has been described as humble, which is fitting since it came out in 1990, just before Brooks reached superstardom.

This album dropped in 1987 and includes the hits "Too Gone Too Long," "I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)" and "Forever and Ever, Amen." Multiple artists have covered the single "What'll You Do About Me," including Steve Earle and The Forester Sisters. Carrie Underwood covered "I Told You So" as part of her duet with Travis on her 2007 album "Carnival Ride".

This compilation includes the original version of the hit "Honky Tonkin'" (1948) as well as the singles "I Ain't Got Nothin' But Time" and "You Better Keep It On Your Mind."  

This compilation album from the "first family" of country music includes the classic "Wildwood Flower," as well as Johnny Cash on backup vocals on some tracks. 

"Folsom Prison" was released in 1968 after Johnny Cash performed two shows at the California penitentiary. The album consists of 15 tracks.

This album features the singles "With Broken Hearts," "Help Me Understand," "Too Many Parties and Too Many Pals," and more. 

"Killin' Time" was Clint Black's debut album. It came out in 1989 and includes singles such as "Nothing's News," "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home" and "Killin' Time" 

"Stardust" is Willie Nelson's 1978 genre-crossing album. It includes country, jazz, and pop, to name a few. The singles "Stardust," "Georgia on My Mind" and "Moonlight in Vermont" can be found on the album.

Released in 1961, "The Southern Cannonball" includes the singles "Panamama" and "There Wasn't an Organ at Our Wedding. There's also the title track.

The award-winning "Feels So Right" debuted in 1981. Singles include "Old Flame," "Love in the First Degree" and the title track.

Shania Twain's "Come on Over" debuted in 1997 to become the best-selling country album. Hits include "That Don't Impress Me Much" and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman."  

With a 1989 release, this self-titled album made Garth Brooks a star. Singles include "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "The Dance." 

Garth Brooks' third album debuted in 1991. It features country-pop hits such as "Shameless," "The River" and "Rodeo."

This album provides Williams fans with the intimate sounds of the musician and his guitar. This enhanced version includes demos and early recordings and tracks from 1949 and later such as "Kaw-Liga;" "Cool Water;" and "Honky Tonk Blues." There's also hard-to-find spoken audio.

Release in 1962, "Sentimentally Yours" is remembered as the last album Patsy Cline released before her untimely death in a plane crash. Another album debuted posthumously. "Sentimentally Yours" includes the two hit singles "She's Got You" and "Heartaches," a cover. 

This album debuted in 1995 before the success of "Come On Over". It includes the hits "Any Man of Mine," "God Bless the Child," "No One Needs to Know" and the title track.

"Mountain Music" debuted in 1982. It includes the hits "Green River," "Close Enough to Perfect" and the title track.

"My World" debuted in 1965. It includes the singles "Make the World Go Away" and "What's He Doing in My World?" 

Johnny Cash's 31st album was recorded live at San Quentin prison. Hits include "A Boy Named Sue," which won a Grammy.