Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and Dolly Parton are just three artists with new country albums planned for 2022. Expect a fast start, with several newcomers, one rocker and two veteran hitmakers dropping new titles in January and February.

The first three months of any given year are typically slow, but that may not be the case with new country albums in 2022. Joe Nichols and Walker Hayes are among country chart-toppers with full-length albums planned. Additionally, country duo Maddie & Tae have an EP coming, and Brothers Osborne are adding onto their heralded album from last year. There is going to be plenty of great country music to stream or download very soon.

New albums will be added to this list as soon as they are announced. Two confirmed but TBD albums from Thomas Rhett can be found at the bottom, but we've also heard rumors of new albums from Luke Combs, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert. If those are announced, you'll find them on this updated list of new country albums from 2022.

2022's Must-Hear New Country Albums:

Jan. 14: Connor Smith, Didn't Go Too Far EP
Jan. 14:
 Jacob Bryant, Bar Stool Preacher
Jan. 21: Brothers Osborne, Skeletons (Deluxe Edition)
Jan. 21: Walker Hayes, Country Stuff the Album
Jan. 21: Texas Hill, Heaven Down Here
Jan 28: Aaron Lewis, Frayed at Both Ends
Jan. 28: Rod + Rose, Rod + Rose
Jan. 28: Maddie & Tae, Through The Madness Vol. 1
Jan. 28: Tracy Lawrence, Hindsight 2020, Volume 3: Angelina

Feb. 11: Joe Nichols, Good Day for Living
Feb. 11: Priscilla Block, Welcome to the Block Party

March 4: Dolly Parton, Run, Rose, Run
March 4: Jenny Tolman, Married In a Honky Tonk
March 11: Drake White, The Optimystic
March 11: Ernest, Flower Shops (The Album)
March 11: For King & Country, What Are We Waiting For?
March 11: Jackson Dean, Greenbroke
March 18: Hailey Whitters, Raised
March 18: Randall King, Shot Glass
March 25: Maren Morris, Humble Quest
March 25: Reba McEntire, My Chains Are Gone
March 25: Riley Green, We Out Here: Live

April 1: Paul Cauthen, Country Coming Down
April 1Thomas Rhett, Where We Started
April 8: Caitlyn Smith, High
April 8: Cole Swindell, Stereotype
April 15: Mitchell Tenpenny, The Low Light Sessions EP
April 22: Old Crow Medicine Show, Paint This Town
April 22: Jason Aldean, Georgia
April 29: Chris Janson, All In
April 29: Miranda Lambert, Palomino
April 29: Willie Nelson, A Beautiful Time

May 13: Lyle Lovett, 12th of June
May 20
: High Valley, Way Back

June 3: Eli Young Band, Love Talking
June 10: Carrie Underwood, Denim & Rhinestones
June 17: Hank Williams Jr., Rich, White Honky Blues
June 24: Luke Combs, "Growin' Up"
June 24: Jimmie Allen, Tulip Drive

July 29: Whiskey Myers, Tornillo

Aug. 5: Dylan Scott, Livin' My Best Life

TBD:
LeAnn Rimes, God's Work
Thomas Rhett: Country Again, Side B

See the Most Played Country Song from the Year You Were Born

Who had the most played country song during the year you were born? This list is a fascinating time capsule of prevalent trends from every decade in American history. Scroll through to find your birth year and then click to listen. Some of these songs have been lost through the years, many of them for good reason!

Men named Hank dominated early before stars like Freddie Hart, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson Clint Black took over to close the 1980s. More recently it's been Tim Mcgraw, Rodney Atkins, Kane Brown and Morgan Wallen. Did the most-played country song from the year you were born become a favorite of yours later? All info comes from Billboard's country airplay charts.

Best Country Albums of 2021 - Critic's Picks

This list of the best country albums of 2021 was curated by Taste of Country staff, with help from fans and with consideration of industry acclaim and mainstream accessibility.

The top album of the year is a traditional country record that makes subtle efforts to include more progressive-minded fans. Elsewhere, find projects from a dynamic mix of artists and and visionaries.