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Johnny Cash
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Top 10 Johnny Cash Songs

Johnny Cash had an incredible list of hit songs that started with ‘Cry! Cry! Cry!’ in 1955.

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Billy Ray Cyrus
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ToC Encore: Country Music Needs Billy Ray Cyrus

Buck 22 recruited Billy Ray Cyrus to remix 'Achy Breaky Heart,' and together, they created a version of the song that those prone to dismissing the 1991 original find even more repulsive. However, there's a lesson to be learned from what Cyrus has done (or agreed to let happen). Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes argues that country music needs minds like his to stay sharp. 

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Thompson Square, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen
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Country’s Romantics: How Nashville’s Leading Men Found Their Valentines

It should be no surprise that many of country music's most romantic singers are pretty smooth off stage, as well. However, the most memorable, real-life love stories are honest and spontaneous. They hinge on tiny details, like the emotion she stirred when she walked on his bus, or the dress she wore when he sang to her on the beach during Spring Break.

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Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Owen, Brad Paisley, Keith Whitley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Shania Twain
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Top 100 Country Love Songs

Some are sweet, some are sappy, and more than a few of the top country love songs of all time are feisty. Hours of bickering and romance went into deciding this list of the best love songs from country legends past and present. There is one catch, however: Each artist can only have one song on this Top 100 Country Love Songs list. That means well-known country Romeos like Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Conway Twitty will be mentioned only one time to keep things fair.

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Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson
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ToC Encore: A Defense for Artists Who Play SeaWorld

Nearly a dozen others refused, but Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson and Kid Rock have taken the stage to play SeaWorld's Bands, Brews & BBQ concert series, despite heavy protest from a controversy started after a documentary called 'Blackfish' aired. Should those who play be demonized?

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Blake Shelton, Adam Levine
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Valentine’s Day Kisses – Blake Shelton’s Top 5 Bromance Moments [Watch]

Blake Shelton is perhaps country music's most loving singer. The 'Hillbilly Bone' singer has proven he'll pucker up for just about anyone. His wife, his co-host, a random guy on a red carpet ... Shelton doesn't discriminate with the lip love! Taste of Country's Valentine's Day gift to you is these Top 5 Blake Shelton bromance moments ever.

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Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley
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ToC Encore: Why Writing Your Own Songs Is Overrated

In Nashville, the songwriter is king. This title is deserved, as the stories they provide are the heart that makes the country music industry beat. Artists that only record songs they write or co-write are making a big mistake, however. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes explains how one artist learned that when it comes to album space, it's best to share. 

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George Strait, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Kenny Chesney
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Top Songs of 2014 (So Far)

The soundtrack for 2014 took a dramatic turn in April when the man with the top song on this list of country hits walked onto the ACM Awards stage in Las Vegas. His duet — amongst the finest of his career — checks in at No. 1, while songs from legends like George Strait and Kenny Chesney trail close behind.

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Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell
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Top 40 Country Songs – February 2014

January was new music month, so the Top 40 Country Songs of February list is heavily speckled with new tracks from artists like Rascal Flatts, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton. The No. 1 song is one that took the slow road to the top, however. It's a well-deserved honor for a man who a short time ago was Luke Bryan's merchandise guy. 

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Jason Aldean, Charles Kelley, Luke Bryan
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Cowboy Butts Drive Us Nuts: See Country Stars in Their Jeans

Country men and denim go together like sweet and tea. It's a not-so-secret secret that the best part of a front row ticket to one see one of country's top male performers sing is the view from close up. And recently, stars like Luke Bryan have begun to oblige with tight-fitting blue jeans.

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