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Alabama is an American country, Southern rock and bluegrass band formed in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1969. The band was founded by Randy Owen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and his cousin Teddy Gentry (bass guitar, background vocals), soon joined by their other cousin, Jeff Cook (lead guitar, fiddle, keyboards). First operating under the name Wildcountry, the group toured the Southeast bar circuit in the early 1970s, and began writing original songs. They changed their name to Alabama in 1977 and following the chart success of two singles, were approached by RCA Records for a record deal.

Alabama's biggest success came in the 1980s, where the band had over 27 number one hits, seven multi-platinum albums and received numerous awards. Alabama's first single on RCA Records, "Tennessee River", began a streak of number one singles, including "Love in the First Degree" (1981), "Mountain Music" (1982), "Dixieland Delight" (1983), "If You're Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)" (1984) and "Song of the South" (1987). The group's popularity waned slightly in the 1990s, although they continued to receive hit singles and multi-platinum record sales. Alabama disbanded in 2006 following a farewell tour and two albums of inspirational music, but reunited in 2011 and have continued to record and tour worldwide.

The band's blend of traditional country music and Southern rock combined with elements of gospel, and pop music gave it a crossover appeal that helped lead to their success. They also toured extensively and incorporated production elements such as lighting and "sets" inspired by rock concerts into their shows. The band has over 30 number one country records on the Billboard charts to their credit and have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time. AllMusic credited the band with popularizing the idea of a country band, and wrote that "it's unlikely that any other country group will be able to surpass the success of Alabama."

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Year Title RatingReleases
1980 My Home's in Alabama 3
1981 Feels So Right 2
1982 Mountain Music 2
1983 The Closer You Get 2
1984 Roll On 3
1985 Christmas 2
1985 40 Hour Week 3
1986 The Touch 2
1987 Just Us 1
1988 Southern Star 3
1990 Pass It On Down 1
1992 American Pride 1
1993 Cheap Seats 1
1993 Country Side of Life 1
1995 In Pictures 2
1997 Dancin' on the Boulevard 1
2000 Christmas, Volume 2 1
2001 When It All Goes South 1
2003 18 Great Songs 1
2006 Songs of Inspiration 1
2006 Wild Country 1
2007 Songs of Inspiration II 1
2008 The Very Best of Alabama 1
2009 Mountain Music: The Best of Alabama 1
2015 Southern Drawl 1
For Our Fans: 15 Most Requested Hits 1
In the Beginning 1
Mountain Music 1
Platinum & Gold Collection 1
Twentieth Century 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Alabama Greatest Hits 2 2
1991 Greatest Hits II 1
1991 The Very Best of Alabama 1
1994 Greatest Hits, Volume III 1
1994 Down Home (36 All-Time Favorites) 1
1996 Super Hits 1
1997 Born Country 2
1998 Super Hits, Volume 2 1
1998 For the Record 1
1998 Legendary Country Singers: Alabama 1
1998 The Essential 1
2002 Legendary 1
2003 In the Mood: The Love Songs 1
2004 Ultimate Alabama 20 # 1 Hits 4 1
2005 The Essential Alabama (Remastered) 1
2006 Livin' Lovin' Rockin' Rollin': The 25th Anniversary Collection 1
2007 16 Biggest Hits 2
2007 The Last Stand 1
2009 The Music of Alabama 1
2013 The Classic Christmas Album 1

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