Best-selling country albums of the past 10 years – 24/7 Wall St.
Revenues from recorded music are still well below their peak at the turn of the 21st century. This is largely due to consumers turning to digital platforms, such as Spotify, when listening to music. Yet many music lovers are still willing to shell out a few bucks when their favorite artists drop a new album.
Over the past decade, there have been 50 country music albums that have sold at least 1 million copies in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The majority of these albums come from America’s most popular country music stars – artists like Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton – who have dominated the genre for years through hard work, great songs and fans. devoted.
One way for an artist to sell millions of records is to have a broad appeal. When it comes to country music, that often means going pop. Most of the top-selling albums appeared on the Billboard 200 album chart in addition to the country album chart, or at least featured singles that appeared on the pop-oriented Hot 100. Some albums are even among the best pop albums ever released, despite being classified as country.
However, not all popular country music is “country pop”. Artists such as Chris Stapleton and Luke Combs have enjoyed huge success in recent years, releasing albums with more traditional country instrumentation. The fact that these artists – along with musicians such as Florida Georgia Line, who scored major crossover hits collaborating with decidedly non-country musicians such as Bebe Rexha and the Backstreet Boys – have all sold at least 1 million records in the past 10 years shows that the music industry produces something for all types of country fans.
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To determine the best-selling country albums of the past 10 years, 24/7 Tempo identified albums released since May 2009 that have at least 1 million certified sales according to the Recording Industry Association of America. To be considered, an album had to be classified as country by the RIAA.