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2020 Country Recap: The Top Albums of 2020

Lamentations (American Aquarium), Welcome To Hard Times (Charley Crockett), American Savage (Thieving Birds), The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart (Mike and The Moonpies)
(From top left to right) Lamentations (American Aquarium), Welcome To Hard Times (Charley Crockett), American Savage (Thieving Birds), The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart (Mike and The Moonpies)

Despite 2020 being one of the craziest years of all time, 2020 was a great year for country music fans. Our favorite artists worked their asses off this year to brighten some of the darkest times with country music. So before we enter 2021, with tons of great new music ahead, let's look back on some of the best releases of 2020.

1) American Aquarium, Lamentations

Lamentations is American Aquarium's latest masterpiece. BJ Barham described this album to be the album he is most proud of from his 12 released albums and EP's. Each song on the album from "Starts With You" to "A Better South" is deeply meaningful and a complete banger. Lamentations was easily my favorite album of 2020.

Charley Crockett, Welcome to Hard Times

Welcome to Hard Times is the perfect folk/ country album. Each and every song shows off Charley's amazing voice and sound. This album is filled with songs that will be on replay for the next decade.

Thieving Birds, American Savage

American Savage is the long-awaited third Thieving Birds album- and it did not disappoint! This album has so many catchy songs like "Pockets Full of Gold" as well as eccentric bangers like "Honey, Honey" that truly standout. This album is a must listen!

Mike and the Moonpies, Touch of You

This Mike and the Moonpies album pays tribute to Gary Stewart by releasing covers of his unreleased songs. Each song is perfectly done and honors Gary Stewart while also adding the beloved Mike and the Moonpies flair.

Casper McWade, Unraveled

Unraveled is one of the most perfectly put together country albums. From the upbeat jailbird songs like "Whiskey Bent and Jailbound" to the classic country love songs like "The Rest," Casper's album is perfect for all outlaw country fans.

Now while these were my personal favorites of 2020, there were so many amazing albums to check out! Check out this list below for more. Happy New Year!

Top Releases of 2020 Complete List:

American Aquarium, Lamentations

Austin Upchurch, Breakdown

Bart Crow, Pretty Good Heart

Casey Donahew, Lost My Brother's Goat

Casper McWade, Unraveled

Charley Crockett, Welcome to Hard Times

Clay Hollis, Honkytonk Highway

Dalton Domino, Fever Dreamer

Drew Moreland, Feeling Good Again

Hellbound Glory, Pure Scum

Jeff Crosby, Northstar

Jesse Daniel, Jesse Daniel

John Baumann, Country Shade

Jonathan Terrell, Westward

Josh Abbott Band, The Highway Kind

Kody West, Overgrown

Koe Wetzel, Sellout

Kolby Cooper, Vol 2

Kyle Nix, Lightning on the Mountain

MarDe Brooks, Running out of Time

Mike and the Moonpies, Touch of You

Mike McClure, Looking Up

Muscadine Bloodline, Burn it at Both Ends

The Panhandlers, The Panhandlers

Parker McCollum, Hollywood Gold

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen, Hold My Beer Vol. 2

Reckless Kelly, American Jackpot/ American Girls

Slade Coulter, Here We Go Again

Tennessee Jet, The Country

Thieving Birds, American Savage

Tom Mcelvain, Lost Whiskey Tapes

Zach Bryan, Elisabeth

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