Lady Antebellum has built one of the most consistent recording careers in the country music format, and it continues to this day. Currently working on their debut album for Big Machine Label Group’s BMLG Records, the Grammy-winning trio has released some of the most entertaining albums of the past decade.
Here, Country Now ranks every Lady Antebellum album from the bottom to the top.
In what served as the trio’s most noted attempt to break away from their hit-laden ballad mode, the trio released this 2014 set that was their most versatile release to date. The hits were there, like party favorite “Bartender” and the adventurous “Freestyle,” but this album also included some of their more risky non-singles, such as “Damn You Seventeen” and the soaring title cut.
5. Lady Antebellum
The trio’s 2008 self-titled debut album was where the story began for the future Vocal Group of the Year winners. With air-tight harmonies and unforgettable melodies, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott served notice to Nashville that they were ready to take their music to the world, which is exactly what they did.
4. Own The Night
The singles – such as the album title cut – were great enough, but what made this 2010 disc work was the album cuts. From the romantic “Singing Me Home” to their take on Eric Paslay’s “Friday Night,” these timeless classics remain some of their best work.
3. Heart Break
For their final Capitol disc, Lady A assembled the most varied project of their career thus far. Whether it be the rollicking “You Look Good” or the emotional “Somebody Else’s Heart,” the group showed they still had plenty of fire a decade into their recording career.
2. Need You Now
The Grammy winner for Album of the Year featured some of the band’s biggest hits, including the heart-stirring “American Honey” and the passionate multi-format title cut. The band was begging to pick up steam, and it showed!
At the time of the recording of their fourth studio record, the Lady Antebellum was looking for somewhat of a spark. With this disc, which featured hits such as “Compass” and the riveting “Downtown,” it stands to say they found it. The album would rank high on this list even if for one song – the nostalgic “And The Radio Played,” perhaps the best non-single in the Lady Antebellum catalog.