From Jon Pardi's 'California Sunrise' to Maren Morris' 'Hero', it's been a big year for country music.

With 2016 coming to an end it's time for "Rolling Stone's" list of the 40 best country albums of the year. The impressive list features some of country music's biggest stars, but is also filled with many artists that might not be familiar with country music fans quite yet.

Check out the top ten albums from the list here.

  1.  "Hero", Maren Morris
  2. "The Weight of These Wings", Miranda Lambert
  3. "Midwest Farmer's Daughter", Margo Price
  4. "American Band", Drive-By Truckers
  5.  "A Sailor's Guide to Earth", Sturgill Simpson
  6. "Big Day in a Small Town", Brandy Clark
  7. "Pawn Shop", Brothers Osborne
  8. "The Bird & the Rifle", Lori McKenna
  9. "Full Circle", Loretta Lynn
  10. "California Sunrise", Jon Pardi

You can see albums 11-40 on the "Rolling Stone" website.

[via Rolling Stone]