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53: Johnny Cash
Skillfully backed by heartland rock veterans Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Johnny gamely expanded his sound yet again on this, the most upbeat of his towering American Recordings albums.
54: Shania Twain
Is it country? Is it pop? It's both. In an innovative move designed to please as many listeners as possible, Shania served up the 19 reliably catchy songs on her fourth album in two versions each.
55: Terri Clark
Terri's fifth album, her most personal and thoughtful to date, was a commercial disappointment (none of its songs reached the Top 10, for instance) but an artistic victory nonetheless.
56: Marty Stuart
Marty pushed commercial expectations aside in favor of taking his honky-tonk muse into new territory with this wonderfully ambitious concept album, which told the story of a love triangle that turns tragic.
57: Lyle Lovett
The Road to Ensenada
After a few years spent experimenting with big-band and gospel - not without success - Lyle got focused and took a straight-ahead country run at these 12 well-wrought tunes.
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