Top Alt-Country Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
279
Bonnie "Prince" Billy I See a Darkness Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 1999
2
303
Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Americana 1998
3
485
Ryan Adams Heartbreaker Americana 2000
4
563
Wilco Being There Country Rock, Roots Rock 1996
5
934
Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle Singer/Songwriter 2009
6
960
Cowboy Junkies The Trinity Session Contemporary Folk 1988
7
1069
The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall Americana, Country Rock 1992
8
1086
Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Avenue Americana, Folk Rock 1998
9
1095
Steve Earle Guitar Town Country Rock 1986
10
1113
Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams Americana, Singer/Songwriter 1988
11
1160
Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball 1995
12
1242
Ryan Adams Gold Pop Rock 2001
13
1272
Calexico The Black Light Americana 1998
14
1307
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood Americana, Singer/Songwriter 2006
15
1326
Palace Brothers There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You Indie Folk 1993
16
1379
Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose 2004
17
1389
Uncle Tupelo Anodyne Americana 1993
18
1421
Calexico Feast of Wire Americana 2003
19
1445
Wilco Sky Blue Sky Alternative Rock, Pop Rock 2007
20
1694
Grant Lee Buffalo Fuzzy Americana, Indie Rock 1993
21
1792
Neko Case Blacklisted Alternative Singer/Songwriter 2002
22
1884
Lucinda Williams World Without Tears 2003
23
1888
The Jayhawks Tomorrow the Green Grass Americana 1995
24
2041
Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth Country Soul 2016
25
2085
Meat Puppets Up on the Sun Alternative Rock, Cowpunk 1985
26
2229
Son Volt Trace Americana 1995
27
2290
Lambchop How I Quit Smoking Americana, Chamber Pop 1996
28
2374
Neko Case Middle Cyclone Singer/Songwriter 2009
29
2394
Michelle Shocked Short Sharp Shocked Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1988
30
2454
Drive-By Truckers American Band Southern Rock 2016
31
2468
Steve Earle El Corazon Americana, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1997
32
2635
Lyle Lovett Pontiac 1988
33
2702
Steve Earle Jerusalem Americana, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2002
34
2811
Lucinda Williams Essence Singer/Songwriter 2001
35
2839
Lambchop Is a Woman Chamber Pop 2002
36
2865
Uncle Tupelo No Depression Americana, Country Rock 1990

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Drive-By Truckers Brighter Than Creation's Dark Country Rock, Southern Rock 2008
Wilco Schmilco Indie Rock 2016
Drive-By Truckers Southern Rock Opera Southern Rock 2001
Steve Earle Copperhead Road Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1988
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit The Nashville Sound Americana 2017
Blue Rodeo Five Days in July Country Rock 1993
Bright Eyes Cassadaga Indie Folk 2007
Uncle Tupelo March 16-20, 1992 Americana 1992
Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat 2006
Whiskeytown Stranger's Almanac Americana 1997
Steve Earle Transcendental Blues Americana, Roots Rock 2000
Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl Contemporary Country 2000
Songs: Ohia Magnolia Electric Co. Contemporary Folk 2003
Lucinda Williams Sweet Old World 1992
The Jayhawks Rainy Day Music Pop Rock 2003
Steve Earle I Feel Alright Americana, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1996
16 Horsepower Sackcloth 'n' Ashes Gothic Country 1996
The Jayhawks Sound of Lies 1997
Jimmie Dale Gilmore After Awhile Progressive Country 1991
Giant Sand Chore of Enchantment Americana 2000
The Avett Brothers I and Love and You Americana, Folk Pop 2009
Grant Lee Buffalo Mighty Joe Moon Alternative Rock, Americana 1994
My Morning Jacket Evil Urges Indie Rock 2008
My Morning Jacket Circuital Indie Rock 2011
Palace Brothers Days in the Wake Singer/Songwriter 1994
Califone Roots & Crowns Psychedelic Folk 2006
Tweedy Sukierae Singer/Songwriter 2014
Vic Chesnutt West of Rome Americana, Singer/Songwriter 1992
She & Him Volume One Folk Pop 2008
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Ease Down the Road Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2001
Lucinda Williams Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone Americana, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2014
Giant Sand Center of the Universe Indie Rock 1992
16 Horsepower Secret South Gothic Country 2000
Mojave 3 Excuses for Travellers 2000
Hurray for the Riff Raff Small Town Heroes Americana, Contemporary Folk 2014
T-Bone Burnett T-Bone Burnett Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1986
Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney Superwolf Contemporary Folk 2005
Califone Quicksand/Cradlesnakes 2003
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Lie Down in the Light Americana, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2008
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Cold Roses Americana 2005
The Walkabouts Satisfied Mind Americana 1993
Steve Earle The Revolution Starts Now Americana, Country Rock 2004
Rosanne Cash Black Cadillac Contemporary Country 2006
Ryan Adams 1989 Pop Rock 2015
Ryan Adams Easy Tiger Singer/Songwriter 2007
Howe Gelb Sno Angel Like You 2006
Marah Kids in Philly Rock 2000
Calexico Garden Ruin Americana, Folk Rock 2006
The Handsome Family Last Days of Wonder 2006