Top Americana Albums





Rank All Time Artist Album Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
139
Bruce Springsteen Nebraska Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 1982
2
249
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes Chamber Folk, Indie Folk 2008
3
257
Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Alt-Country 1998
4
334
Bonnie "Prince" Billy I See a Darkness Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 1999
5
364
Johnny Cash American Recordings 1994
6
498
Ryan Adams Heartbreaker Alt-Country 2000
7
718
John Hiatt Bring the Family Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1987
8
809
Gillian Welch Time (The Revelator) Contemporary Folk 2001
9
848
Ry Cooder Paradise and Lunch Roots Rock 1974
10
964
Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams Alt-Country, Singer/Songwriter 1988
11
1022
Johnny Cash American III: Solitary Man 2000
12
1030
Bruce Springsteen The Ghost of Tom Joad Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 1995
13
1066
Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around 2002
14
1069
Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Avenue Alt-Country, Folk Rock 1998
15
1071
The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall Alt-Country, Country Rock 1992
16
1143
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand Country Rock 2007
17
1221
Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood Alt-Country, Singer/Songwriter 2006
18
1243
Calexico The Black Light Alt-Country 1998
19
1345
Uncle Tupelo Anodyne Alt-Country 1993
20
1505
Midlake The Trials of Van Occupanther Folk Rock, Indie Folk 2006
21
1577
Calexico Feast of Wire Alt-Country 2003
22
1733
Grant Lee Buffalo Fuzzy Alt-Country, Indie Rock 1993
23
1900
The Jayhawks Tomorrow the Green Grass Alt-Country 1995
24
1908
Son Volt Trace Alt-Country 1995
25
1928
Bonnie "Prince" Billy The Letting Go Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2006
26
2076
J.J. Cale Naturally Blues Rock, Country Rock 1972
27
2131
Iron & Wine The Shepherd's Dog Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2007
28
2194
Jason Isbell Southeastern Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2013
29
2197
David Ackles American Gothic Singer/Songwriter 1972
30
2266
Steve Earle El Corazon Alt-Country, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1997
31
2339
Bill Callahan Apocalypse Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2011
32
2372
Bill Callahan Dream River Singer/Songwriter 2013
33
2442
Ry Cooder Chavez Ravine Latin American Music 2005
34
2500
Lambchop How I Quit Smoking Alt-Country, Chamber Pop 1996
35
2646
Steve Earle Jerusalem Alt-Country, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2002
36
2665
Uncle Tupelo No Depression Alt-Country, Country Rock 1990
37
2701
Gillian Welch Revival Contemporary Folk 1996
38
2785
Jason Isbell Something More Than Free Singer/Songwriter 2015
39
2807
Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions American Folk Music, Folk Rock 2006
40
2863
Los Lobos By the Light of the Moon Tex-Mex 1987
41
2922
Bill Callahan Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest Singer/Songwriter 2019
42
2937
M. Ward Transfiguration of Vincent Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2003

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Bruce Springsteen Western Stars Singer/Songwriter 2019
John Hiatt Slow Turning Singer/Songwriter 1988
Uncle Tupelo March 16-20, 1992 Alt-Country 1992
Cat Power Wanderer Singer/Songwriter 2018
Phosphorescent Muchacho 2013
Steve Earle Transcendental Blues Alt-Country, Roots Rock 2000
Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways 2006
Steve Earle I Feel Alright Alt-Country, Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 1996
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Heartland Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2012
Gillian Welch Hell Among the Yearlings Contemporary Folk 1998
Whiskeytown Stranger's Almanac Alt-Country 1997
The Avett Brothers I and Love and You Alt-Country, Folk Pop 2009
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit The Nashville Sound Alt-Country 2017
Gillian Welch The Harrow and the Harvest Contemporary Folk 2011
Johnny Cash Unchained 1996
Vic Chesnutt Is the Actor Happy? Singer/Songwriter, Slowcore 1995
The Highwomen The Highwomen Contemporary Country 2019
Steve Earle The Mountain Progressive Bluegrass 1999
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Master and Everyone Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2003
Nanci Griffith The Last of the True Believers Contemporary Country, Singer/Songwriter 1986
Giant Sand Chore of Enchantment Alt-Country 2000
Brandi Carlile By the Way, I Forgive You Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2018
Grant Lee Buffalo Mighty Joe Moon Alt-Country, Alternative Rock 1994
Ry Cooder Into the Purple Valley Country Rock, Folk Rock 1972
Link Wray Link Wray Country Rock, Roots Rock 1971
The Felice Brothers The Felice Brothers Folk Rock 2008
Vic Chesnutt West of Rome Alt-Country, Singer/Songwriter 1992
Lucinda Williams The Ghosts of Highway 20 Country Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2016
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Ease Down the Road Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2001
Robert Plant Band of Joy Country Rock 2010
Chris Stapleton Traveller 2015
Bonnie "Prince" Billy Lie Down in the Light Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2008
M. Ward Transistor Radio Contemporary Folk 2005
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals Cold Roses Alt-Country 2005
Josh T. Pearson Last of the Country Gentlemen Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2011
Hurray for the Riff Raff Small Town Heroes Alt-Country, Contemporary Folk 2014
Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread Contemporary Country 2014
Lambchop Aw C'mon Chamber Pop, Indie Rock 2004
Lambchop No You C'mon Chamber Pop, Indie Rock 2004
The Walkabouts Satisfied Mind Alt-Country 1993
John Prine The Tree of Forgiveness Singer/Songwriter 2018
Phosphorescent Here's To Taking It Easy Alt-Country 2010
Bonnie "Prince" Billy I Made a Place Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2019
Phosphorescent C'Est La Vie 2018
Calexico Carried to Dust Alt-Country 2008
James McMurtry Complicated Game Singer/Songwriter 2015
Steve Earle The Revolution Starts Now Alt-Country, Country Rock 2004
Jolie Holland Escondida Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2004
Phosphorescent Pride Contemporary Folk 2007
Lucinda Williams Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone Alt-Country, Roots Rock, Singer/Songwriter 2014
Jenny Lewis Acid Tongue Alt-Country, Pop Rock 2008
Valerie June The Order of Time 2017
Ry Cooder Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down Contemporary Folk 2011
Amanda Shires To the Sunset Alt-Country, Singer/Songwriter 2018
The Delines The Imperial Alt-Country 2019
Courtney Marie Andrews May Your Kindness Remain Singer/Songwriter 2018
Ry Cooder The Prodigal Son 2018
Valerie June Pushin' Against a Stone Country Soul 2013
Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness of Dancers 2014
Damien Jurado Where Shall You Take Me? Indie Folk, Singer/Songwriter 2003
Iris DeMent Sing the Delta 2012
Lambchop OH (Ohio) Contemporary Folk 2008
Hiss Golden Messenger Heart Like a Levee Folk Rock 2016
Band of Horses Infinite Arms Indie Rock 2010
Kathleen Edwards Asking for Flowers Alt-Country, Singer/Songwriter 2008
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan Sunday at Devil Dirt Singer/Songwriter 2008
The Avett Brothers The Carpenter Folk Pop 2012
First Aid Kit Ruins Indie Folk 2018
M. Ward A Wasteland Companion Singer/Songwriter 2012
Calexico Garden Ruin Alt-Country, Folk Rock 2006
Calexico Algiers Alt-Country 2012