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5 Most Heartwarming Moments of 2013 [Watch]

It happened quite a bit in 2013. You're going along with your day and someone posts a heartwarming video to Facebook that leaves you in a puddle of tears in under 90 seconds. One minute later you're on the phone with your kids trying to say "I love you" between sniffles whimpers. There's no shame in it. Some of the best stories of the year were the most touching acts of kindness and generosity.

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Garth Brooks
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5 Things to Expect Now That Garth Brooks Is Out of Retirement

Garth Brooks made it official this week. He's making a comeback in 2014 after 12 long years without a major tour. Brooks' oldest daughter graduates high school in the spring, so his schedule is clear to reclaim his spot amongst the dominant stars of the day and he's beginning with a world tour.

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Lauren Alaina, Randy Travis, Kellie Pickler
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10 Songs That Should Have Been Hits in 2013

There's dozens of reasons why some songs fall short of becoming true country "hits." Sometimes a brilliant recording is just too edgy for mainstream radio. Sometimes an artist doesn't get a push from his or her record label. And some songs simply fall through the cracks; they get lost in the pile of new music that sits on a radio programmer's desk.

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Garth Brooks
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Top 10 Garth Brooks Cover Songs

Garth Brooks new box set ‘Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences’ adds about four dozen new covers to his recorded catalog.

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5 Best Carrie Underwood Songs From ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ [Watch]

Carrie Underwood wasn't involved in every performance during Thursday night's (Dec. 5) live theatrical broadcast of 'The Sound of Music Live!' on NBC, but she definitely carried the bulk of the singing. While some were critical of her acting, few can complain about her vocal performances. Each one was a brilliant interpretation that stayed true to the original score but avoiding sounding like Broadway karaoke. Her Top 5 songs include solo moments, and collaborations with others in the show's cast.

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George Jones, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan
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10 Biggest Stories of 2013

Two country deaths make this list of the 10 biggest stories of 2013. There's also one birth, one amputation, an arrest and a shiny trophy. It was a strange year, with more highs, lows, excitement and head-scratching moments than one remembers in previous years.

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Gary Allan, Tim McGraw, Ashley Monroe
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Best Albums of 2013

Often the first few months of the year are a time to dump albums with little potential, but that is not the case in 2013. The race for the best album of the year began early with new releases from Gary Allan and Tim McGraw, and has continued with strong showings from Ashley Monroe and Tim McGraw.

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Dierks Bentley, Hillary Scott, Clay Walker
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Country Babies Born in 2013

Country music repopulated in 2013, with almost a dozen babies born to some of the biggest singers and songwriters in the genre. Dierks Bentley, Hillary Scotty of Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks were all stars who welcomed new members of the family; many shared adorable pictures from the little babe's first days. It will be awhile before we know if anyone got the country gene, but it seems promising. See a full list of all country babies born in 2013.

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10 Sexiest Male Country Stars of 2013

Almost all of the singers on our Sexiest Male Country Stars of 2013 list are as dedicated to their physical fitness as they are to their music. Muscles grow larger, shirts get tighter, jeans begin to fit like a wetsuit. Go ahead and drink these country studs in -- they're not bashful. 

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Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line
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Top 40 Country Songs – December 2013

Country newcomers rule the Top 10 spots of the December 2013 Top 40 Country Songs list. Parmalee, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and Cassadee Pope all find their new songs battling superstars like Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift for No. 1. But that honor goes to a man who checked in at No. 3 last month. 

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