Five Best Country Albums of 2010
1. Dierks Bentley – “Up on the Ridge”
This is probably the best album Dierks Bentley has recorded. Most of the time, I am not a big fan of the bluegrass style of country, but Bentley did a great job on this album. My favorite song off this album is “Bad Angel,” which Bentley performs with Miranda Lambert and Jamie Johnson. Other great songs off the album include “Up on the Ridge,” “Falling for You,” and “Love Grows Wild.”
2. Gary Allan – “Get off on the Pain”
Gary Allan has always been known for doing great ballads. Allan has always tried to have more meaning in his songs instead of cliché lyrics that attract the masses. My favorite song off this album is “Kiss Me When I’m Down.” Other songs on the album that definitely deserve listening to include “No Regrets,” “She Gets Me,” and “When You Give Yourself Away.”
3. Jason Aldean – “My Kinda Party”
Jason Aldean caught a lot of flack on this album for recording more than one song that was previously released by other artists. Some of the better songs off the album are “Country Boy’s World,” “Tattoos on this Town,” “Just Passing Through,” and “Flyover States.” Although Aldean is always a fan-favorite, he rarely gets noticed when it comes award time.
4. Easton Corbin – “Easton Corbin”
Easton Corbin is a newcomer to country music and his debut album drew high praise. One compliment Corbin receives regularly is his voice sounds a lot like country legend, George Strait. Corbin’s style mirrors Strait’s in many ways and it shows in many of his songs on this album. Corbin had great success with two singles off this album entitled “Roll with It” and “A Little More Country Than That.”
5. Zac Brown Band – “You Get What You Give”
Zac Brown Band’s second album was not a sophomore slump. The band enjoyed tremendous success with their debut album and enjoyed the same success with their second album, released in 2010. “Colder Weather,” is one of the songs on the latest album. The story of the song describes what so many people go through in life in a way many people can relate to.