What makes a great album? Is it an album full of chart topping hits? Is it determined by how many people purchased it? Does longevity have more to do with it than instant success? Is it even measurable by basic ideas?
A great album can grow on you. The content of the project may not have resonated with you as a younger person, but as time goes by and life experience happens, you understand what the singer or band was saying in a way you didn’t before. It’s like the foods you loathed as a child but cant get enough of as a grown up. The opposite can happen also, but some albums stay in your rotation from the moment you hear them until the day you will inevitably reach your final destination.
Billboard.com ranked the greatest country albums of all time, and this is how they determine their lists:
Per Billboard.com – The Greatest of All-Time Top Country Artists, Songs and Albums rankings are based on weekly performance on Hot Country Songs (from its Oct. 20, 1958 inception through June 4, 2016) and Top Country Albums (from its Jan. 11, 1964 inception through June 4, 2016). Titles are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. Artists are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all their Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums chart entries.
25. Kenny Rogers – The Gambler
24. Luke Bryan – Tailgates & Tanlines
23. Zac Brown Band – The Foundation
22. Luke Bryan – Crash My Party
21. Willie Nelson – Stardust