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20 Country Music Albums Turning 20 in 2017

Has it really been 20 years since Shania Twain released her iconic Come on Over album? And a baby-faced Garth Brooks was first becoming a crossover sensation in 1997? How many of these 20 albums released 20 years ago do you still own, or listen to?

In 1997 Bill Clinton was president, cell phones were only for the rich and the New York Yankees were good. The year also produced albums from the hottest acts of the era such as Lonestar and Martina McBride, while country music’s future stars such as Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Trace Adkins were just warming up.

Flip through the photo gallery above to learn about 20 country albums that are turning 20 years old in 2017. Besides revisiting the music, don’t forget to revisit the cover art featuring Alabama in some slick ’90s shades and an array of tucked-in cowboy shirts. Some of the artists managed to nail a timeless fashion even back then, but hey, we can’t all be Wynonna Judd and Tim McGraw.

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