10 Most Influential Country Albums From the 1990s

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4. George Strait // Blue Clear Sky

It’s OK if you get carried away with this 1996 Strait album. His plainspokenness marked him early on as one of the seminal figures of sweeping neo-traditionalism. You can thank Strait for modern day equivalents as William Michael Morgan and Jon Pardi, who both borrow significant influence from songs like “I Can Still Make Cheyenne” and the titular cut. As a whole, it is Strait’s finest display of frank, unfussy storytelling, exemplified with such other standouts as “King of the Mountain” and “Carried Away.”