Entertainment Weekly sure does love its lists. They recently ranked the 100 Essential Albums of the Last 25 Years. The top 25 includes one country album: Shania Twain’s Come On Over at #24. Ranked elsewhere on the list are Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around, Lucinda Williams’ Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball, and Dixie Chicks’ Home.
For the artists above, I think they nailed their most essential albums, with the exception of Cash. I would’ve chosen one of the first two American sets instead. I actually like Up! quite a bit more, but Come on Over is the essential Twain album.
Of course, the real question is…what did they miss?
I would start by adding Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose, Dolly/Linda/Emmylou’s Trio and Randy Travis’ Storms of Life.
If you had to add more essential country albums from that period (1983-2008), what would they be?