The UK's biggest country and Americana albums of 2017

As the C2C Festival returns to London, here are the country and Americana stars who've been doing well this last year.

Yee-ha! Saddle up, pardners, the C2C Festival is riding on back into town. Yep, Country to Country 2018 is heading for the O2 in London this weekend (Fri 9–Sun 11 March) and likely to be one of the biggest ever. 🤠

Headliners Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, and Little Big Town are just the tip of the iceberg – or should that be tip of the cactus 🌵? – as the sixth C2C Festival is packed with performances from the world’s best country stars, along with emerging talent from Nashville, the UK and Europe. 

To get us in the mood, we counted down the top country and Americana albums of the last year, across physical sales, downloads and streams.

It's fitting the leader of the pack should be the legend Glen Campbell with swansong album Adiós. The star passed away in August 2017 at the age of 81, just two months after the release of Adiós, which climbed to Number 2 in the week of his death. It was his ninth Top 40 album in a chart history spanning over 37 years, with a tally of 116,000 across all formats. Look back at all Glen Campbell's UK hit singles and albums in his archive.

Next up, and repping Americana, Irish singer Imelda May, who scored a third Top 10 last May (funnily enough) with Life Love Flesh Blood, while UK country duo The Shires take third. In 2015, they were the first UK country band to score a Top 10 album on the Official Albums Chart with debut Brave (at 26 in this rundown). Their sophomore effort My Universe was the fastest-selling British country album at the time of release.

Some big names start to make an appearance as we move down the Top 10: John Denver's Ultimate Collection is at 4, while former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant moseys in at 5 with Carry Fire, which claimed the award for bestselling UK Americana album at the 2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards.

War On Drugs scored their first UK Top 10 album with A Deeper Understanding, and finish just in front of legend Dolly Parton's Very Best of collection, which is still hugely popular despite being released back in 2007, and Alison Krauss's Windy City at 8.

Other highlights farther down the chart include appearances from other huge stars' career retrospectives, like Kenny Rogers (9), Shania Twain (12), Glen Campbell once again (16 and 32) and the legendary Johnny Cash (18, 34, 35).

Also making a showing in the Top 40 are releases from contemporary stars like Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, and Lady Antebellum. Classic studio albums making a showing include Taylor Swift's Fearless (22), Shania's Come On Over (28), and Dolly Parton's 1975 release Dolly.

See the full Top 40 biggest country and Americana albums of the last year:

  TITLE ARTIST YEAR
1 ADIOS GLEN CAMPBELL 2017
2 LIFE LOVE FLESH BLOOD IMELDA MAY 2017
3 MY UNIVERSE SHIRES 2016
4 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION JOHN DENVER 2017
5 CARRY FIRE ROBERT PLANT 2017
6 A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING WAR ON DRUGS 2017
7 THE VERY BEST OF DOLLY PARTON 2007
8 WINDY CITY ALISON KRAUSS 2017
9 LUCILLE - THE COLLECTION KENNY ROGERS 2015
10 SEMPER FEMINA LAURA MARLING 2017
11 ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES VAN MORRISON 2017
12 GREATEST HITS SHANIA TWAIN 2004
13 CRACK-UP FLEET FOXES 2017
14 PRISONER RYAN ADAMS 2017
15 PURE COMEDY FATHER JOHN MISTY 2017
16 GENTLE ON MY MIND - THE BEST OF GLEN CAMPBELL 2013
17 A/B KALEO 2016
18 RING OF FIRE - THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH 2005
19 HEART BREAK LADY ANTEBELLUM 2017
20 CLEOPATRA LUMINEERS 2016
21 CARTWHEELS WARD THOMAS 2016
22 FEARLESS TAYLOR SWIFT 2008
23 HITCHHIKER NEIL YOUNG 2017
24 TRAVELLER CHRIS STAPLETON 2015
25 STAY GOLD FIRST AID KIT 2014
26 BRAVE SHIRES 2015
27 LOTTA SEA LICE COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE 2017
28 COME ON OVER SHANIA TWAIN 1997
29 AMERICANA RAY DAVIES 2017
30 FROM A ROOM - VOL 1 CHRIS STAPLETON 2017
31 HERO MAREN MORRIS 2016
32 20 GOLDEN GREATS GLEN CAMPBELL 1976
33 LOST IN THE DREAM WAR ON DRUGS 2014
34 GREATEST HITS JOHNNY CASH 2012
35 THE COMPLETE COLUMBIA COLLECTION JOHNNY CASH 2012
36 THE NASHVILLE SOUND JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT 2017
37 DOLLY DOLLY PARTON 1975
38 BE MYSELF SHERYL CROW 2017
39 ISLANDS BEAR'S DEN 2014
40 RED EARTH & POURING RAIN BEAR'S DEN 2016

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