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Entertainment Weekly Lists 25 Essential Country Albums

Entertainment Weekly magazine has listed what it deems the “25 Country Albums You Need to Hear (Even if You Hate Country Music.)”

The artists who grace the list range from relative newcomers Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley to legends like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. They also range from country traditionalists, such as Merle Haggard and Brad Paisley, to more left-of-center acts like Steve Earle and Gillian Welch.

See the full list of albums after the jump, then add your comments about which albums you think EW should have included on the list . . . and which they should have left off.

Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Country Albums You Need to Hear (Even if You Hate Country Music):

Johnny Cash – ‘At Folsom Prison’

Dixie Chicks – ‘Home’

Dwight Yoakam – ‘Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.’

Loretta Lynn – ‘Van Lear Rose’

Willie Nelson – ‘Red Headed Stranger’

Buck Owens and His Buckaroos – ‘Carnegie Hall Concert’

Dierks Bentley – ‘Modern Day Drifter’

Miranda Lambert – ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Gram Parsons – ‘The Complete Reprise Sessions’

Brad Paisley – ‘Time Well Wasted’

Dolly Parton – ‘Coat of Many Colors’

Emmylou Harris – ‘Elite Hotel’

Robbie Fulks – ‘Georgia Hard’

Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – ‘Trio’

Hank Williams – ‘Gold’

Merle Haggard – ‘The Best of Merle Haggard’

Shania Twain – ‘Come On Over’

Steve Earle – ‘Guitar Town’

Vince Gill – ‘These Days’

Elvis Costello – ‘Almost Blue’

Gretchen Wilson – ‘Here For the Party’

The Flying Burrito Brothers – ‘The Definitive Collection’

Gillian Welch – ‘Revival’

Big & Rich – ‘Horse of a Different Color’

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – ‘Raising Sand’

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