Best country albums 2013

Now that you've probably opened all your Christmas gifts, we're here to offer a helping hand in case any of those gifts need to be returned for something you'll really like! Wisely heralded as "the year of the woman in country music," 2013 certainly had its share of male acts on the radio. Whether or not you approved of their output was a matter of opinion. But when it came to albums that made the greatest positive impact throughout the year, girl (or, if you prefer, woman) power was at the forefront. Nashville Edge writers Phyllis Stark and Stephen L. Betts reveal their choices for the best albums country music had to offer in 2013. We think these would all make great gifts at any time of the year!

  • Darius Rucker, "True Believers" No. 10 (PS)

  • Keith Urban, "Fuse" No. 9 (SB) Amazon

  • Will Hoge, "Never Give In" No. 9 (PS) Amazon

  • Sheryl Crow, "Feels Like Home" No. 8 (PS)

  • "Pioneer," The Band Perry No. 8 (SB) Amazon

  • Deana Carter, "Southern Way of Life" No. 7 (SB) Amazon

  • Eric Church, "Caught in the Act: Live" No. 7 (PS) Amazon

  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, "Bakersfield" No. 6 (PS) No. 10 (SB) Amazon

  • Charlie Worsham, "Rubberband" No. 6 (SB) Amazon

  • The Mavericks, "In Time" No. 5 (PS) Amazon

  • LeAnn Rimes, "Spitfire" No. 5 (SB) Amazon

  • Kacey Musgraves, "Same Trailer Different Park" No. 4 (PS) No. 3 (SB) Amazon

  • Brandy Clark, "12 Stories" No. 4 (SB) No. 3 (PS) Amazon

  • Pistol Annies, "Annie Up" No. 2 (SB, PS)

  • Ashley Monroe, "Like A Rose " No. 1 (SB, PS) Amazon