The year 2016 has been a great one for country music. From traditional to experimental; from legends to newcomers, a number of solid albums have made their way onto our playlists throughout the first six months of 2016.

It's a tough task to select just five favorite new albums from 2016 -- but The Boot's staff gave it our best shot. Flip through the photo gallery above to learn 2016's five best albums ... so far. And if there's a favorite of yours that didn't make the list, let us know in the comments section below!