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Dec 19

Relive the Best Top 20 Moments of 2014

Nan Kelley at Santa's Workshop, Bass Pro Shops, Nashville

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2014 was a great year on Top 20 Country Countdown! Host Nan Kelley traveled the country, playing golf with Darius Rucker, visiting Gatlinburg, and even stopping by Santa’s workshop. She interviewed some of the biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes. And, of course, she counted down your choices for the Top 20 music videos each week.

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As 2014 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments of Top 20, all while counting down this week’s music videos. Will Carrie Underwood make it another week at No. 1 with “Something In The Water?” Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out, and relive some of the best moments of the year!

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Dec 19

One Pan Nan: Christmas Ginger Cookies

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Nan Kelley’s Ginger Cookies

“My mother-in-law, Patricia, is the Christmas cookie queen, so my husband, Charlie, grew up having the “best of the best” cookies during the holidays. This is one of his favorites, which she still makes today, and now it’s a yearly tradition at our house. Sugar and spice and everything nice — no truer words have ever been spoken for this little Christmas treat.”

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Dec 12

Brett Eldredge Stops By Top 20, Carrie Underwood Remains At No. 1

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Brett Eldredge’s “Mean to Me” comes in at No. 16 on this week’s chart. Photo courtesy of twitter.com/bretteldredge.

It was a jam-packed Top 20 Country Countdown this week! Host Nan Kelley sat down with Brett Eldredge to talk about the big year he has had as one of country’s hottest new stars.

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On the countdown, Carrie Underwood makes it three weeks at No. 1 with her new video, “Something In the Water,” while Blake Shelton, with Ashley Monroe, and Brad Paisley round out the top 3. New videos from Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Sara Evans, Josh Turner and Toby Keith also debut on the Top 20 Country Countdown.

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart

  1. Carrie Underwood – “Something In the Water”
  2. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  3. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  4. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  5. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Freestyle”
  7. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  8. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  9. Jake Owen – “What We Ain’t Got”
  10. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
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Dec 10

Top 10 Country Christmas Songs

Christmas music sets the tone for the holiday season, and everyone has a favorite song, whether it’s an old classic or new original. In no particular order, here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Christmas Songs.

“Let It Be Christmas” – Alan Jackson

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Released in 2002, Alan’s Jackson’s “Let It Be Christmas” became an instant holiday classic with its nostalgic lyrics and acoustic guitar background.

“All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan” – Kenny Chesney

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While some dream of a white Christmas, Kenny Chesney longs for sun and sand in “All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan.” He continues the trend in his newest holiday tune, “Christmas In Blue Chair Bay.”


“Where Are You Christmas?” – Faith Hill

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Faith Hill’s rendition of “Where Are You Christmas” was featured in the 2000 film re-make of Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas. The song was originally set to be performed by Mariah Carey, but legal issues caused her to back out, opening the door for Hill.


“Merry Christmas From The Family” – Montgomery Gentry

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The holidays are about family, but sometimes getting everyone together can be an ordeal. Montgomery Gentry covers all those dysfunctional family gatherings with his “Merry Christmas From The Family.”


“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood has recorded a number of Christmas standards over the years, including beautiful renditions of “O Holy Night” and “The First Noel.” Her version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is a standout, however.

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Dec 9

Little Big Town Share Their Christmas Traditions

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Christmas is a time full of family traditions. For Little Big Town, some are passed through generations and some are brand-new, now that band members have families of their own.

Kimberly Schlapman’s favorite tradition involves sleepwear and has happened every year she can remember.

“We would go over to my grandmother’s house and have Christmas over there, and everybody would come home to Mama and Daddy’s house,” she said. “We’d sit down and Mama hands out everybody a gift, and we act like we don’t what it is, but we do ’cause it’s always Christmas pajamas. Everybody opens their Christmas pajamas and goes and puts ‘em on, and we come back to the living room and we sit around Daddy and he reads The Christmas Story.”

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Nov 29

How to Relax After Thanksgiving, Black Friday

While Thanksgiving is wonderful, cooking and preparing for guests is exhausting. Then, Black Friday shopping drains every last bit of energy you had left. So, when Saturday comes around, it’s time for relaxing at home and doing absolutely nothing. With Christmas a mere three and a half weeks away (already?!), you’ll back in the midst of holiday activities before you can say “Pass the Pie.” Follow our guide to the perfect unproductive Saturday, and enjoy the quiet while you can.

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Nov 28

The Best Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Never underestimate the power, taste and versatility of Thanksgiving leftovers. From soups and sandwiches to frittata and muffins, we’ve got the best recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers. Whip up some of these dishes on Sunday and eat them through the rest of the week.

The Pioneer Woman’s Leftover Thanksgiving Panini

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Nov 27

Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Tim McGraw Give Thanks

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Florida Georgia Line has a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, including six consecutive No. 1 hits and their new album, Anything Goes. But giving thanks – and giving back – is something the duo tries to be mindful of all year long, not just on Thanksgiving.

“Giving back is something that’s very important to us,” Brian Kelley said. “We were raised watching both of our fathers work very hard and give back at the same time. That’s something that’s close to us and close to our hearts and our voices through success, and everything has gotten a little bit bigger over the past couple years and there’s no better time than now, and we feel like we’d be doing the wrong thing if we weren’t giving back.”

Tim McGraw also has a lot to be thankful for this year, including a successful tour and the release of his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town. He plans to spend the holiday somewhere warm with his wife, Faith Hill, and their three daughters, all of whom top his list of blessings. Continue Reading

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Nov 27

Country Stars Share Their Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

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Food takes center stage on Thanksgiving, and like us, country stars have their favorite dishes. For Dierks Bentley, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without turkey. For years, turkey duty fell to his father. Now that he has passed on, Bentley has stepped up to the carving plate.

“Thanksgiving is not possible without a turkey,” he said. “My dad’s always been the one to cook and carve it, but in years here recently, I’ve been taking over those duties. Big responsibility.”

Dierks and his family go the traditional route of roasting the turkey in the oven but a few years ago, they decided to drop the bird into a deep fryer. Deep-fried turkey earned the Dierks Bentley stamp of approval, but he’s happy to eat turkey any way it’s served.

“You really can’t cook a turkey wrong,” he said. “I’m gonna eat it any way, and I have over the years. Trust me, I’ve played a lot of county and state fairs, where I’ve seen gigantic turkey legs. I’ve had the flat meat. I’ve done turkey every way you could do it. I’m pretty good any way you want to cook it up, but you’ve got to have a turkey for Thanksgiving.”

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Nov 27

Sam Hunt is Bringing His Band to Thanksgiving Dinner

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Sam Hunt is a busy guy these days. He just released his debut album, Montevallo, topped the charts with his debut single, “Leave the Night On,” and announced his first headlining tour. For Thanksgiving this year, he and his band will be on the way to Florida for a show, but they will still have time to make a pit stop for dinner.

“I believe we have the day of Thanksgiving off, and we are playing in Florida the next day for the Florida-Florida State game,” he said. “I’m from Georgia, so that’s pretty much en route. I think the guys are gonna load up on the bus, and we’re just gonna drive down, and I invited them all to have Thanksgiving with myself and my family down in Georgia. I believe that’s what we’re gonna do. We get together with my Dad’s folks for lunch and then my mom’s folks for dinner, so I’m gonna bring the guys down, and they’re just gonna be part of the family.”

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