Highly-anticipated new albums from Scotty McCreery and Kacey Musgraves satisfied two of the most passionate fanbases in country music, but neither have the best album of 2018, so far.

Brothers Osborne has earned critical acclaim for Port Saint Joe, but the duo don't take the No. 1 spot, either. The best album is from a country newcomer who hasn't found a voice on country radio yet. That may or may not change — rarely does the most mainstream, radio-ready project also top a list of any given year's best albums. Of course, artists like Keith Urban and Jason Aldean may say otherwise, and we've included both of their 2018 albums on this list of the year's best from country music's biggest stars and hottest newcomers. Ours is a list that rewards artistic merit and critical praise more than commercial success, so while the new Florida Georgia Line or Carrie Underwood albums may immediately go platinum upon release, they're not guaranteed a spot on this list when the year ends.

What'd we get right? Did we get it all wrong? Tell us your favorites in the comments section. While you may not agree with our rankings, we encourage you to take a chance and spin all of these albums front to back.

These Are the 10 Best Country Albums of 2018 (So Far):