100 Most Popular Country Music Albums of All Time – 24/7 Wall St.

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The roots of country music are deeply rooted in American soil. And, while the genre has changed dramatically since the days of the Carter Family, it is in many ways more popular than ever today.

During the 1980s the country music industry began to abandon the rawer sound of “outlaw country” which was made popular in the 1970s by artists such as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Instead, artists such as Garth Brooks and George Strait adopted a more pop sound that resonated with mainstream country fans as well as new audiences.

Demand for country music remains high, with the genre accounting for 11.5% of total album sales in 2017, according to Nielsen. Much of this is due to the cross-country successes of pop country artists.

By creating an index of album sales and Billboard performances, 24/7 Wall St. determined the 100 most popular country albums of all time.

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