The Best Country Music CDs of 2020

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If you’re a country music fan, check out our list of the best country music CDs of 2020.

Best Country Music CDs of 2020

The country music scene has been evolving over the past few years and there have been some great CDs released in 2020. Here are a few of the best.

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks by Bob Dylan

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks is the latest release in Bob Dylan’s ongoing Bootleg Series. This double album features alternate versions of some of the most iconic tracks from Dylan’s 1975 album Blood on the Tracks, including “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate,” and “Shelter from the Storm.” With this release, Dylan fans will be able to hear the songs as they were originally intended, before they were revised for the final album. The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks is a must-have for any Bob Dylan fan, and is sure to be one of the best country music CDs of 2020.

Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison

This album is a live recording of a concert Cash gave at Folsom Prison in 1968, and it’s one of his most iconic albums. It’s an energetic and raw performance, full of the fire and passion that made Cash one of the most respected and revered country singers of all time.

Patsy Cline – The Definitive Collection

This 2 CD set captures the essence of Patsy Cline’s artistry. All of her greatest hits are included, as well as a number of rare tracks and alternate versions that will be new to even the most diehard fans. The set also includes extensive liner notes and rare photos. Whether you’re a casual fan or a diehard collector, this is the definitive collection of Patsy Cline’s music.

Dolly Parton – The Essential Dolly Parton

The Essential Dolly Parton is a career-spanning collection of the legendary performer’s greatest hits. This 3-CD set includes all of the songs that made Dolly an international superstar, from her early recordings with Porter Wagoner to her more recent pop crossover hits. It also features many of her classic duets with Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris.

Willie Nelson – The Essential Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson’s ‘The Essential Willie Nelson’ is one of the best country music CDs of 2020. The CD includes some of Willie’s greatest hits including ‘On the Road Again’, ‘ Always on My Mind’, and ‘Georgia on My Mind’. If you are a fan of country music, then this CD is a must-have for your collection.

Honorable Mentions

There were a lot of great country music CDs released in 2020, but these ten deserve a special mention. These CDs represent a wide range of country music, from classic to contemporary.

Garth Brooks – The Ultimate Collection

This CD is a compilation of Brooks’ biggest hits, including “Friends in Low Places,” “The Thunder Rolls,” and “Unanswered Prayers.” It’s the perfect way to catch up on his greatest songs if you’re new to his music, or to refresh your memory if you’re already a fan.

Keith Urban – Graffiti U

Keith Urban’s tenth studio album, Graffiti U, finds the country superstar experimenting with different sounds and styles. The result is a collection of songs that are both catchy and heartfelt, with Urban’s signature guitar work and vocal delivery front and center. Highlights include the anthemic “Drop Top,” the groove-laden “Parallel Line,” and the emotional ballad “Never Comin Down.” Whether you’re a longtime fan or just getting into country music, Graffiti U is worth checking out.

Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2

Chris Stapleton’s highly anticipated follow-up to his 2017 debut album From A Room: Volume 1, features eight new songs written by Stapleton and produced by Dave Cobb. The album includes “Midnight Train To Memphis,” “Hard Livin’,” and “Scarecrow In The Garden.”

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