#23. ‘The Foundation’ by Zac Brown Band


This Grammy-winning album came out in 2008, and garnered the band a Grammy for Best New Artist. The album’s first single, “Chicken Fried,” was the band’s first single to top the Billboard country charts and was first recorded on the band’s 2005 record “Home Grown.” Written over the course of several years, Zac Brown added a verse to the song after the 9/11 attacks. Part of the added verse reads “I thank God for my life, for the stars and stripes…” Another single off the album is “Toes,” which was turned into a music video featuring several cameos, including Kid Rock.