With their very first albums, these 10 country artists made a statement. From Johnny Cash in 1957 to the Dixie Chicks in 1998, Connie Smith in 1965 to Chris Stapleton in 2015, these albums changed the game.

Whether they ushered in a new sound, brought tradition back to the genre, filled a gap in the market or were simply a huge and unforgettable force, these 10 debut albums have left an indelible mark on country music. Read on to learn more about each of them -- and share your picks for the genre's important debut albums in the comments section.