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The Best Country Albums 2012  

Katie Wells
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List Rules Country music albums released between January - December, 2012

The best country albums of 2012 include traditional albums by well-established country music legends, hot new releases by some of the genre's biggest contemporary artists and new offerings from some rising country stars. Which one of these 2012 country albums is truly the best? That's up to you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to vote up the country CDs that you loved the most, and vote down any that you don't think deserve a place on this list. Also: This list isn't complete by any means, so feel free to add any awesome country albums from 2012 to it!

Which country music albums were the greatest in 2012? Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee,' which features duets with some of country's biggest names, including Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jason Aldean, among others, is a huge hit. Others of note include Carrie Underwood's fourth studio album, 'Blown Away,' 'Uncaged' by the Zac Brown Band and 'Punching Bag' by Josh Turner. And certainly, Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, 'Red,' will sell like gangbusters. Does it deserve a place on this Best Country Albums 2012 list? Again, that's for you, the voters, to decide.

Country music debut albums that could easily be considered among 2012's best include the first efforts by country singers Hunter Hayes and Dustin Lynch. Some artists' albums listed here are country, but they're also more of an alt-country sound, including the "red dirt" sound of Oklahoma's Turnpike Troubadours. And speaking of red dirt, Willie Nelson's latest, 'Heroes,' also makes this list.

If your favorite country album of 2012 isn't listed, again, please add it: Country fans always enjoy discovering new music!
list ordered by
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Red is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Red Taylor Swift
2
Blown Away is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Carrie Underwood
3
Tornado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Tornado Little Big Town
4
Hunter Hayes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Hunter Hayes
5
Thirty Miles West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Alan Jackson
6
Tuskegee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Lionel Richie
7
Home is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Home Dierks Bentley
8
Uncaged is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Uncaged
9
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Sound of ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Sound of Truth Johnny Cash
10
Changed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Rascal Flatts
11
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Willie Nelson
12
Hard 2 Love is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Lee Brice
13
Welcome to the Fishbowl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Kenny Chesney
14
All Over the Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Easton Corbin
15
Storyline is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
John Harnisher added Hunter Hayes
16
Night Train is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Night Train Jason Aldean
17
100 Proof is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Kellie Pickler
18
Up All Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Kip Moore
19
Punching Bag is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Josh Turner
20
Goodbye Normal Street is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Goodbye Normal Street Turnpike Troubadours
21
3 Pears is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Dwight Yoakam
22
Dustin Lynch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Dustin Lynch Dustin Lynch
23
The Whippoorwill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
The Whippoorwill Blackberry Smoke
24
A.M. Country Heaven is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
A.M. Country Heaven Jason Eady
25
Release Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Albums 2012
Release Me Lyle Lovett