Johnny Cash
40 Greatest Hits
At Folsom Prison
Red Headed Stranger

Country

Country music is about tradition, yet its simple form lends itself to endless variations on similar themes. Like blues -- the two genres often shared themes, melodies and songs -- country is a simple music at its core. Most of its songs are built around three chords and a plain melody, but these forms are so basic, they allow for many different styles, from the gritty sounds of honky tonk to the jazzy improvisations of Western Swing. Country music grew out of American Southern folk music, both Appalachian and blues, and old-time country was simple and folky, with just guitars and fiddles. As the genre progressed, old time music evolved into the rhythmic guitar-and-fiddle driven traditional country that became the foundation of modern country music, from honky tonk and Western Swing to the pop-oriented Countrypolitan and rock-inflected Bakersfield Sound.

Country Album Highlights grid list

40 Greatest Hits
Hank Williams
40 Greatest Hits
10
At Folsom Prison
Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison
10
Red Headed Stranger
Willie Nelson
Red Headed Stranger
10
Come on Over
Shania Twain
Come on Over
10
No Fences
Garth Brooks
No Fences
10
Fearless
Taylor Swift
Fearless
10
The Silver Tongued Devil and I
Kris Kristofferson
The Silver Tongued Devil ...
10
Swinging Doors and The Bottle Let Me Down
Merle Haggard / Merle ...
Swinging Doors and The ...
10
35 Biggest Hits
Toby Keith
35 Biggest Hits
10
The Essential Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
The Essential Dolly Parton
10
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Sturgill Simpson
Metamodern Sounds in ...
10
Anthology 1935-1973
Bob Wills and His Texas ...
Anthology 1935-1973
10
Dreaming My Dreams
Waylon Jennings
Dreaming My Dreams
10
Old No. 1
Guy Clark
Old No. 1
10
The Definitive Ernest Tubb Hits Collection
Ernest Tubb
The Definitive Ernest Tubb ...
10
Live at the Old Quarter
Townes Van Zandt
Live at the Old Quarter
9
Phases and Stages
Willie Nelson
Phases and Stages
10
Viva Terlingua
Jerry Jeff Walker
Viva Terlingua
9
The Essential Jimmie Rodgers
Jimmie Rodgers
The Essential Jimmie ...
10
A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'Bout Love)
Alan Jackson
A Lot About Livin' (And a ...
10
When the Sun Goes Down
Kenny Chesney
When the Sun Goes Down
9
Shotgun Willie
Willie Nelson
Shotgun Willie
10
Yesterday's Wine
Willie Nelson
Yesterday's Wine
10
The Essential Hank Snow
Hank Snow
The Essential Hank Snow
10
The Essential Willie Nelson [Columbia]
Willie Nelson
The Essential Willie ...
10
RCA Country Legends
Hank Locklin
RCA Country Legends
10
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Lucinda Williams
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
10
All Time Greatest Hits
Roger Miller
All Time Greatest Hits
10
The Original Sun Albums: Complete Collection
Johnny Cash
The Original Sun Albums: ...
10
Flyin' Shoes
Townes Van Zandt
Flyin' Shoes
8
Old Five and Dimers Like Me
Billy Joe Shaver
Old Five and Dimers Like Me
10
3 Pears
Dwight Yoakam
3 Pears
10
Guitar Town
Steve Earle
Guitar Town
10
Room Full of Roses/Gilley's Smokin'
Mickey Gilley
Room Full of ...
10
Daddy of Western Swing
Milton Brown
Daddy of Western Swing
10
Fly
The Chicks
Fly
10
Anthology
Charley Pride
Anthology
10
Greatest Honky-Tonk Hits
Charlie Walker
Greatest Honky-Tonk Hits
10
For the Record
Alabama
For the Record
10
Time Well Wasted
Brad Paisley
Time Well Wasted
9
The Guitar Song
Jamey Johnson
The Guitar Song
10
Our Mother the Mountain
Townes Van Zandt
Our Mother the Mountain
8
Man in Black: His Greatest Hits
Johnny Cash
Man in Black: His Greatest ...
10
Sings the Ballads of the True West
Johnny Cash
Sings the Ballads of the ...
10
Mr. Hag Told My Story
Johnny Paycheck
Mr. Hag Told My Story
10
Stardust
Willie Nelson
Stardust
10
Need You Now
Lady A
Need You Now
7
Southern Rock Opera
Drive-By Truckers
Southern Rock Opera
10
Last Round-Up: 25 Cowboy Classics
Gene Autry
Last Round-Up: 25 Cowboy ...
10
When I Was a Cowboy, Vol. 1
1996
Various Artists
Various Artists
When I Was a Cowboy, Vol. 1
10
When I Was a Cowboy, Vol. 2
1996
Various Artists
Various Artists
When I Was a Cowboy, Vol. 2
10
Pictures and Paintings
Charlie Rich
Pictures and Paintings
10
The Honky Tonk Years (1950-1966)
Ray Price / Ray Price & ...
The Honky Tonk Years ...
10
That's the Way Love Goes: The Final Recordings of Lefty Frizzell
Lefty Frizzell
That's the Way Love Goes: ...
10
Night Life
Ray Price
Night Life
10
Complete Recordings of the Father of Western Swing 1932-37
Milton Brown
Complete Recordings of the ...
10
The Real Mr. Heartache: The Little Darlin' Years
Johnny Paycheck
The Real Mr. Heartache: ...
10
The Essential Roy Acuff: 1936-1949
Roy Acuff
The Essential Roy Acuff: ...
10
The Complete Capitol Hits of Faron Young
Faron Young
The Complete Capitol Hits ...
10
Out of Hand/Your Place or Mine
Gary Stewart
Out of Hand/Your Place or ...
10
Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels / The ...
Charlie Daniels
10
RCA Country Legends
Don Gibson
RCA Country Legends
10
Born to Sing [Box]
Connie Smith
Born to Sing [Box]
10
Ultimate Collection
Tom T. Hall
Ultimate Collection
10
The Best of Patsy Montana
Patsy Montana
The Best of Patsy Montana
10
RCA Country Legends
Waylon Jennings
RCA Country Legends
10
RCA Country Legends
Chet Atkins
RCA Country Legends
10
All the Best
Glen Campbell
All the Best
10
The Essential Dolly Parton, Vol. 2
Dolly Parton
The Essential Dolly ...
10
The Essential Charley Pride [RCA]
Charley Pride
The Essential Charley ...
10
The Essential Porter Wagoner
Porter Wagoner
The Essential Porter ...
10
She's All I Got
Johnny Paycheck
She's All I Got
10
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
Randy Travis
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
10
The Bocephus Box [Curb]
Hank Williams, Jr.
The Bocephus Box [Curb]
10
Look What Thoughts Will Do
Lefty Frizzell
Look What Thoughts Will Do
10
The Essential Gene Autry: 1933-1946
Gene Autry
The Essential Gene Autry: ...
10
Texas Stomp 1934-1944
Hugh & Karl Farr
Texas Stomp 1934-1944
10
Ballad of Forty Dollars/Homecoming
Tom T. Hall
Ballad of Forty ...
10
Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies
Bobby Bare
Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, ...
10
God's Honky Tonk Angel: The First Queen of Country Music
Kitty Wells
God's Honky Tonk Angel: ...
10
The Singing Ranger, Vol. 3
Hank Snow
The Singing Ranger, Vol. 3
10
The #1 Hits Collection
Conway Twitty
The #1 Hits Collection
10
The Ultimate Collection (1949-1965)
Tennessee Ernie Ford
The Ultimate Collection ...
10
The Ultimate Collection [UTV]
Patsy Cline
The Ultimate Collection ...
10
Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line: The RCA Years
Waylon Jennings
Only Daddy That'll Walk ...
10
RCA Country Legends
Charley Pride
RCA Country Legends
10
'Frisco Mabel Joy
Mickey Newbury
'Frisco Mabel Joy
10
The Best of Joe Ely
Joe Ely
The Best of Joe Ely
10
What a Crying Shame
The Mavericks
What a Crying Shame
10
Moonshine Jamboree
Moon Mullican
Moonshine Jamboree
10
Spadella: The Essential Spade Cooley
Spade Cooley
Spadella: The Essential ...
10
San Antonio Rose [Bear Family]
Bob Wills
San Antonio Rose [Bear ...
10
The Essential Flatt & Scruggs: 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered
Flatt & Scruggs
The Essential Flatt & ...
10
Greatest Hits
Shania Twain
Greatest Hits
10

Country subgenres and styles [+]