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‘Crazy Heart,’ Rosanne Cash’s ‘The List’ Are Top Americana Albums

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The 100 biggest Americana albums of the year have been announced, spotlighting the best in alternative country, roots-rock, folk, blues, bluegrass and everything in between. The top three Americana albums of the year are an Oscar-winning soundtrack, a daughter’s gift to her late father, and a legendary songwriter’s latest.

Topping the list, which was compiled by the Americana Music Association and based the Americana Airplay Charts from November 17, 2009 – November 15, 2010, is the the ‘Crazy Heart‘ soundtrack, featuring the Academy-Award-winning Best Original Song, ‘The Weary Kind,’ by Ryan Bingham.

“I’m glad to do my part and help out,” songwriter and ‘Crazy Heart’ cast member Ryan told Spinner of the film and soundtrack’s award-winning ways. “But at the end of the day, nothing’s really changed. I go to bed in the same bed and wake up in the same place and put my pants on one leg at a time and don’t get too worked up over it.”

Rosanne Cash‘s Grammy-nominated ‘The List,’ inspired by a list of 100 essential songs her father, Johnny Cash, presented to her when she was 18, finished at No. 2. Earlier this year, the collection of 12 songs Rosanne chose from that list to record won the Americana Music Association’s Album of the Year honor. John Hiatt‘s ‘The Open Road,’ was the third biggest album of the year, while No. 4 was the Carolina Chocolate Drops‘ ‘Genuine Negro Jig,’ and Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s ‘A Enlightenment B Endarkenment Hint There Is No C,’ took the No. 5 spot.

The remaining albums in the Top 10 are Robert Earl Keen‘s ‘The Rose Hotel’ (No. 6), Band of Heathens‘ ‘One Foot in the Ether’ (No. 7), the Avett Brothers‘ ‘I And Love And You’ (No. 8), ‘Downtown Church’ by Patty Griffin (No. 9) and Reckless Kelly‘s ‘Somewhere in Time’ (No. 10).

Click here to see the Top 100 Americana Albums of 2010.

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