Thursday, December 3, 2020

Country Music: Albums of the Year

First posted 9/16/2020; updated 12/3/2020.

Country Music:

Albums of the Year

Since 1967, both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association have handed out awards for Album of the Year. The Grammys gave a country album award in 1965 and 1966, but then discontinued it until 1995. The American Music Awards have given out a Country Album of the Year award since 1974. Finally, Dave’s Music Database has acknowledged the best country album of the year since 1965. This page will show which albums won for any of the four awards each year.

Check out other annual picks for album of the year here.

2019:
  • ACM: Luke Combs What You See Is What You Get
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Cry Pretty
  • CMA: Maren Morris Girl
  • DMDB: Various Artists Country Music (box set: 1928-2002)
  • Grammy: Tanya Tucker While I’m Living

2018:
2017:
  • ACM: Chris Stapleton From a Room: Volume 1
  • AMA: Keith Urban Ripcord
  • CMA: Chris Stapleton From a Room: Volume 1
  • DMDB: Luke Combs This One’s for You
  • Grammy: Chris Stapleton From a Room: Volume 1

2016:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert The Weight of These Wings
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Storyteller
  • CMA: Eric Church Mr. Misunderstood
  • DMDB: Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
  • Grammy: Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

2015:
  • ACM: Chris Stapleton Traveler
  • AMA: Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes
  • CMA: Chris Stapleton Traveler
  • DMDB: Chris Stapleton Traveler
  • Grammy: Chris Stapleton Traveler

2014:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert Platinum
  • AMA: Brantley Gilbert Just As I Am
  • CMA: Miranda Lambert Platinum
  • DMDB: Miranda Lambert Platinum
  • Grammy: Miranda Lambert Platinum

2013:
  • ACM: Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park
  • AMA: Taylor Swift Red
  • CMA: Blake Shelton Based on a True Story
  • DMDB: Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park
  • Grammy: Kacey Musgraves Same Trailer, Different Park

2012:
  • ACM: Eric Church Chief
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Blown Away
  • CMA: Eric Church Chief
  • DMDB: Taylor Swift Red
  • Grammy: Zac Brown Band Uncaged

2011:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert For the Record
  • AMA: Taylor Swift Speak Now
  • CMA: Jason Aldean My Kind of Party
  • DMDB: Jason Aldean My Kind of Party
  • Grammy: Lady Antebellum Own the Night

2010:
  • ACM: Lady Antebellum Need You Now
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Play On
  • CMA: Miranda Lambert Revolution
  • DMDB: Taylor Swift Speak Now
  • Grammy: Lady Antebellum Need You Now

2009:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert Revolution
  • AMA: Taylor Swift Fearless
  • CMA: Taylor Swift Fearless
  • DMDB: Miranda Lambert Revolution
  • Grammy: Taylor Swift Fearless

2008:
  • ACM: Taylor Swift Fearless
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride
  • CMA: George Strait Troubadour
  • DMDB: Taylor Swift Fearless
  • Grammy: George Strait Troubadour

2007:
  • ACM: Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • AMA: Carrie Underwood Some Hearts
  • CMA: George Strait It Just Comes Natural
  • DMDB: Miranda Lambert Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Grammy: Vince Gill These Days

2006:
2005:
  • ACM: Brad Paisey Time Well Wasted
  • AMA: Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying
  • CMA: Lee Ann Womack There’s More Where That Came From
  • DMDB: Carrie Underwood Some Hearts
  • Grammy: Alison Krauss & Union Station Lonely Runs Both Ways

2004:
  • ACM: Keith Urban Be Here
  • AMA: Toby Keith Shock’n Y’All
  • CMA: Kenny Chesney When the Sun Goes Down
  • DMDB: Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose
  • Grammy: Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose

2003:
  • ACM: Toby Keith Shock’n Y’All
  • AMA: Dixie Chicks Home
  • AMA: Toby Keith Unleashed
  • CMA: Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
  • DMDB: Toby Keith Shock’n Y’All
  • Grammy: Various Artists Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers

2002:
  • ACM: Alan Jackson Drive
  • AMA: Tim McGraw Set This Circus Down
  • CMA: Alan Jackson Drive
  • DMDB: Dixie Chicks Home
  • Grammy: Dixie Chicks Home

2001:
2000:
1999:
  • ACM: Dixie Chicks Fly
  • AMA: Garth Brooks Sevens
  • CMA: Tim McGraw A Place in the Sun
  • DMDB: Dixie Chicks Fly
  • Grammy: Dixie Chicks Fly

1998:
1997:
  • ACM: George Strait Carrying Your Love with Me
  • AMA: George Strait Blue Clear Sky
  • CMA: George Strait Carrying Your Love with Me
  • DMDB: Shania Twain Come on Over
  • Grammy: Johnny Cash American II: Unchained

1996:
  • ACM: George Strait Blue Clear Sky
  • AMA: Garth Brooks The Hits (compilation: 1989-93, released 1994)
  • CMA: George Strait Blue Clear Sky
  • DMDB: LeAnn Rimes Blue
  • Grammy: Lyle Lovett The Road to Ensenada

1995:
1994:
  • ACM: Tim McGraw Not a Moment Too Soon
  • AMA: Alan Jackson A Lot About Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love
  • CMA: Various Artists Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles
  • DMDB: Johnny Cash American Recordings
  • Grammy: Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Stones in the Road

1993:
  • ACM: Alan Jackson A Lot About Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love
  • AMA: Reba McEntire For My Broken Heart
  • CMA: Vince Gill I Still Believe in You
  • DMDB: Garth Brooks In Pieces

1992:
1991:
  • ACM: Alan Jackson Don’t Rock the Jukebox
  • AMA: Reba McEntire Reba Live (live)
  • CMA: Garth Brooks No Fences
  • DMDB: Garth Brooks Ropin’ the Wind

1990:
  • ACM: Garth Brooks No Fences
  • AMA: Randy Travis Old 8 x 10
  • CMA: Kentucky Headhunters Pickin’ on Nashville
  • DMDB: Garth Brooks No Fences

1989:
  • ACM: Clint Black Killin’ Time
  • AMA: Randy Travis Always and Forever
  • CMA: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. 2
  • DMDB: Clint Black Killin’ Time

1988:
  • ACM: K.T. Oslin This Woman
  • AMA: Randy Travis Always and Forever
  • CMA: Hank Williams Jr. Born to Boogie
  • DMDB: Lyle Lovett Pontiac

1987:
  • ACM: Dolly Parton with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris Trio
  • AMA: Alabama Greatest Hits (compilation: 1980-86, released 1986)
  • CMA: Randy Travis Always and Forever
  • DMDB: Randy Travis Always and Forever

1986:
  • ACM: Randy Travis Storms of Life
  • AMA: Alabama 40 Hour Week
  • CMA: Ronnie Milsap Lost in the Fifties Tonight
  • DMDB: Steve Earle Guitar Town

1985:
  • ACM: George Strait Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?
  • AMA: Kenny Rogers Eyes That See in the Dark
  • CMA: George Strait Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind?
  • DMDB: Alabama 40 Hour Week

1984:
  • ACM: Alabama Roll On
  • AMA: Alabama The Closer You Get
  • CMA: Anne Murray A Little Good News
  • DMDB: Alabama Roll On

1983:
  • ACM: Alabama The Closer You Get
  • AMA: Willie Nelson Always on My Mind
  • CMA: Alabama The Closer You Get
  • DMDB: Alabama The Closer You Get

1982:
1981:
  • ACM: Alabama Feels So Right
  • AMA: Kenny Rogers The Gambler
  • CMA: Don Williams I Believe in You
  • DMDB: Alabama Feels So Right

1980:
  • ACM: Urban Cowboy soundtrack
  • AMA: Kenny Rogers The Gambler
  • CMA: Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter soundtrack
  • DMDB: Loretta Lynn Coal Miner’s Daughter soundtrack

1979:
  • ACM: Larry Gatlin Straight Ahead
  • AMA: Kenny Rogers Ten Years of Gold (compilation: 1967-77, released 1978)
  • CMA: Kenny Rogers The Gambler
  • DMDB: Kenny Rogers Kenny

1978:
  • ACM: The Oak Ridge Boys Y’All Come Back Saloon
  • AMA: Dolly Parton New Harvest…First Gathering
  • CMA: Ronnie Milsap It Was Almost Like a Song
  • DMDB: Kenny Rogers The Gambler

1977:
  • ACM: Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers
  • AMA: Glen Campbell Rhinestone Cowboy
  • CMA: Ronnie Milsap Live
  • DMDB: Elvis Presley Moody Blue

1976:
  • ACM: Mickey Gilley Gilley’s Smoking
  • AMA: John Denver Back Home Again
  • CMA: Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, & Jessi Colter Wanted! The Outlaws
  • DMDB: Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, & Jessi Colter Wanted! The Outlaws

1975:
  • ACM: Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn Feelins’
  • AMA: Olivia Newton-John Let Me Be There
  • CMA: Ronnie Milsap A Legend in My Time
  • DMDB: Willie Nelson Red-Headed Stranger

1974:
  • ACM: John Denver Back Home Again
  • AMA: Charley Pride A Sunshiny Day with Charley Pride
  • CMA: Charlie Rich Very Special Love Songs
  • DMDB: Gram Parsons Grievous Angel

1973:
  • ACM: Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors
  • CMA: Charlie Rich Behind Closed Doors
  • DMDB: Gram Parsons G.P.

1972:
  • ACM: Donna Fargo The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.
  • CMA: Merle Haggard Let Me Tell You About a Song
  • DMDB: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken

1971:
  • ACM: Freddie Hart Easy Loving
  • CMA: Ray Price I Won’t Mention It Again
  • DMDB: Dolly Parton Coat of Many Colors

1970:
  • ACM: Ray Price For the Good Times
  • CMA: Merle Haggard Okie from Muskogee
  • DMDB: Kris Kristofferson Kristofferson (aka “Me and Bobby McGee”)

1969:
1968:
1967:
  • ACM: Glen Campbell Gentle on My Mind
  • CMA: Jack Greene There Goes My Everything
  • DMDB: Glen Campbell By the Time I Get to Phoenix

1966:
  • DMDB: Buck Owens Carnegie Hall Concert
  • Grammy: Roger Miller The Return of Roger Miller

1965:
  • DMDB: Eddy Arnold My World
  • Grammy: Roger Miller Dang Me/Chug-A-Lug

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