Best of 2005

Best Country Albums of 2005

December 31, 2005 // 3 Comments

How good was 2005 for country albums? Well, any one of the top ten albums this year could’ve been #1 in another year. Provided are some tracks for you to sample if you’re thinking you want to add these to your collection. Even with 25 slots on this list, only one new artist made the cut. The veterans and established artists came back with their very best, and there was no room at the table for the young’uns. Best Country Albums of 2005 #25 Jo Dee Messina Delicious Surprise One of many female country artists to return this year after an extended absence, Messina picks up right where she left off with her trademark combination of kiss-off numbers and motivational anthems. I’ve been waiting in vain for a country act to cover the Grass Roots classic “Where Were You When I Needed You”, but Messina will tide me over with Read More

Best Country Singles of 2005

December 27, 2005 // 1 Comment

Three days later than intended, thanks to a Blogspot glitch, here’s the first of a few year-in-review entries. Given the incessant single listing on this page lately, it seems only right to kcik things off with my favorite fifty singles of the past year. Observant readers will note that rankings have changed a bit since the 400 Greatest List; what can I say, it’s been three months and tastes change. Fifty Best Country Singles of 2005 #50 “XXL” Keith Anderson Newcomer Anderson’s celebration of the big-and-tall clientele was one of the funniest records to hit country radio this year. #49 “Tonight” Sara Evans Overshadowed by the admittedly superior “I May Hate Myself In The Morning”, Evans’ ode to the one night stand has its own understated charm. #48 “Don’t Worry ‘Bout A Thing” SHeDaisy The Osborn sisters get out all of their anger about being used and abused by the Read More