Ten years ago, Taylor Swift was putting the finishing touches on her run atop country music while a couple of trios, the Band Perry and Lady A (then Lady Antebellum), vied to replace her as fans' best pop-friendly, woman-fronted option.

Concurrently, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney positioned themselves for huge decades, and Easton Corbin, Jamey Johnson and Chely Wright served up neo-traditional country songs and singer-songwriter confessionals for fans uninterested in the mainstream.

For a broader view of country music's earliest stars of the '10s, and alternatives that predate the ongoing Americana boom, rediscover these 10 albums that are turning 10 years old in 2020:

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