So far in 2015, there has been lots of new country music released to eager fans.

This year's new records have covered a huge amount of ground -- from marijuana use to losing a daughter to bouncing back after a breakup -- and each disc has its own unique style and elements that help it stand on its own. Whether an album was released by a somewhat-new artist or a tried-and-true icon, each project was assembled with talent, passion and a whole lot of grit.

While many records have dropped so far this year, there are five that The Boot believes stand out above the rest. Click through the gallery above to see our picks for the Top 5 country music albums of 2015 (so far) ... and be sure to share your favorites in the comments section!

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Live albums and greatest hits compilations were not considered for this list.)

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