2017 was a year of tragedy and triumph in the world of country music.
A Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas was the site of the worst mass shooting in American history. Luke Bryan became the first artist ever to rack up six No. 1 singles from the same album. Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year — but also got caught lip syncing at the Country Music Awards (CMAs).
Based on data from Nielsen Music, here are the 10 best-selling albums of the year by today's top country artists.
Best-Selling Country Albums of 2017
Some of the biggest names in Nashville released albums that dominated the charts in 2017, while others continued to rake in sales from albums released years earlier. Click through to find out which country crooners sold the most albums in 2017.
10. ‘The Breaker’ by Little Big Town
Artist net worth: N/A
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 25, one week on the charts
Little Big Town had a banner year in 2017, thanks to the massive success of "The Breaker," which sold 210,000 copies in the first half of the year alone. The band was honored with a Vocal Group of the Year award at the 2017 CMAs, as well as Song of the Year for "Better Man." "The Breaker" was nominated for Album of the Year, and "Better Man" was nominated for Single of the Year and Video of the Year.
9. ‘Tangled Up’ by Thomas Rhett
Artist net worth: $5 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 2, 116 weeks on the charts
"Tangled Up" was not just the first No. 1 Billboard 200 album of Thomas Rhett's career — it was also the first No. 1 country album from any artist of 2017.
The album's debut signaled the first time in exactly one year that a country album was the king of the Billboard 200 hill. Rhett picked up three CMA nominations in 2017, and "Tangled Up" — which remains on the charts 116 weeks later — sold 240,000 copies in the first half of 2017 alone.
8. ‘Montevallo’ by Sam Hunt
Artist net worth: $3 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 1, 148 weeks on the charts
"Body Like a Back Road" earned Sam Hunt 2017 CMA nominations for both Song of the Year and Single of the Year. It was the No. 1 song for 25 consecutive weeks, the longest streak in history.
But in 2017, Hunt was still basking in the success of "Montevallo," his multi-platinum debut album released way back in 2014. "Montevallo" is still going strong, selling 243,000 copies in the first half of 2017 alone. Hunt currently ranks as one of the richest country music stars.
7. ‘Brett Young’ by Brett Young
Artist net worth: $3 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 2, 44 weeks on the charts
Brett Young earned a New Artist of the Year nomination at the CMAs in 2017 — and for good reason. His singles "In Case You Didn't Know" and "Sleep Without You" both shot to the top of the charts, and the former went on to achieve certified platinum status. His debut self-titled album sold a quarter-million copies by July after being released in February.
6. ‘Welcome Home’ by Zac Brown Band
Artist net worth: $25 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 1, 23 weeks on the charts
The Zac Brown Band was nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the 2017 CMAs. A big reason for that was "Welcome Home," which sold 274,000 copies in the first half of 2017. The album was supported by a tour that CMT referred to as "wildly successful." When the album was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the country charts and No. 2 across all genres.
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5. ‘The Devil Don’t Sleep’ by Brantley Gilbert
Artist net worth: $15 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 1, 40 weeks on the charts
In 2017, "The Devil Don't Sleep" debuted at No. 1 on the country charts and No. 2 across all genres. By July, the album had sold 284,000 copies. It was a good year all around for Gilbert — he and his wife welcomed their first child in November 2017.
4. ‘Dig Your Roots’ by Florida Georgia Line
Artist net worth: $50 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 1, 68 weeks on the charts
Back in 2016, industry experts were already predicting "Dig Your Roots" would go on to become the second No. 1 album for country duo Florida Georgia Line, according to Billboard. And the album didn't disappoint.
Not only was Florida Georgia Line nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2017 CMAs, but "Dig Your Roots" also sold 287,000 copies in the first half of 2017 alone. After 67 weeks, it's still in the top 30 on the Billboard charts.
3. ‘Ripcord’ by Keith Urban
Artist net worth: $75 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 1, 84 weeks on the charts
Rolling Stone ranked Keith Urban's "Ripcord" as the No. 19 best-selling album of 2016, and in 2017 it was still going strong. Urban's ninth studio album, "Ripcord," sold 381,000 copies by the midpoint of 2017.
At the 2017 CMAs, Urban was nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, and he won Single of the Year for "Blue Ain't Your Color." The single was among the top 10 best-selling digital country songs, digital streams, audio streams and video streams.
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2. ‘Traveller’ by Chris Stapleton
Artist net worth: $8 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 1, 137 weeks on the charts
2017 has been the year of Chris Stapleton. According to Rolling Stone, "Traveller" was certified platinum after selling 2 million copies and would go on to achieve double platinum status.
Released in 2015, "Traveller" was Stapleton's debut album, and 137 weeks later it remains a blockbuster, currently sitting at No. 3 on the charts. According to Billboard, "Traveller" sold 396,000 copies in the first half of 2017 alone.
1. ‘From a Room: Volume 1’ by Chris Stapleton
Artist net worth: $8 million
Album ranking: Peaked at No. 1, 32 weeks on the charts
Chris Stapleton rocked his way to not only the No. 2 best-selling album of 2017, but also the No. 1 best-selling album of the year. He released "From a Room: Volume 1" in May. By July, it had already sold 484,000 copies.
Thanks to the success of "From a Room: Volume 1," Stapleton holds the distinction of landing the first gold record of 2017 — ABC reported that he accomplished "the feat in record time."
Keegan Goudie contributed to the reporting for this article. Net worth information was taken from Celebrity Net Worth unless otherwise indicated. Album rankings are from Billboard.