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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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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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Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw
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Best Music Videos of 2013

The best music videos of 2013 pack a two-hour movie's worth of drama into three to six minutes of silent action. In most cases, there's no dialogue to aid the story telling. The artist and his or her director have to rely on the song and sharp acting to get a message through to fans. These 10 videos have done that better than any others this year.

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Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert
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10 Things We’re Thankful for in 2013

It's been a wild year in country music. There have been tragedies and triumphs, reasons to celebrate and devastating moments sadness. There have been brilliant new songs and albums, and others that make fine coasters. Many tweets and videos brought a tear to ones eye, while others were cringe-worthy. Here are the 10 things we're thankful for this Thanksgiving. Be sure to share yours when you're done reading.

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Sexy Females 2013
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10 Sexiest Female Country Stars of 2013

The style, the smile, the figure and the personality ... for the women on this 10 Sexiest Female Country Stars of 2013 list, it all comes together. Six of these beauties are new to this year's collection, but all 10 found a new way to inspire the male country fan to pay close attention.

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Zac Brown, Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch
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The Hat Factor: How the Right Headwear Can Boost a Career

Football and country music -- are there two industries more worried about what men are putting on their heads? And football might not even be No. 1.

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