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Dec 19

Relive the Best Top 20 Moments of 2014

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

Photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops, Nashville.

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 13

Kenny Chesney Reflects on GRAMMY Nomination

Kenny Chesney: American Kids

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Kenny Chesney’s latest hit, “American Kids,” has earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song. The track, featured on his new album, The Big Revival, was cowritten by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Rodney Clawson. Chesney knew it was a special tune, but wasn’t prepared for the impact the song would have.

“I knew the second I heard it that I was going to cut ‘American Kids,’” he said. “With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever heard, this song’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It feels good. It says something about the heart and the passion people in small towns have — and it makes you smile every time you hear it.

“The fact that the GRAMMY voters heard it, too, that they recognized how truly special and innovative this song is, makes me so proud for Shane, Luke and Rodney,” he continued. “This really is a song that breaks a lot of rules, does things you don’t expect and offers a picture of how it is that isn’t cliché or expected. What a cool thing to have happen to some very talented guys! I’m just glad I got to be the one who cut it.”

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Dec 12

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

Brett Eldredge

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 5

Christmas Comes to Top 20

Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Nan Kelley on Top 20 Country Countdown

Photo courtesy of Bass Pro Shops, Nashville.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Host Nan Kelley visited Santa’s workshop at Bass Pro Shops in Nashville, where she caught up with the man in red himself as he prepared for Christmas deliveries!

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On the countdown, Carrie Underwood makes it two weeks at No. 1 with her new video, “Something In The Water,” while Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw round out the top three. Lee Brice moves up to No. 13 with his new video, “Drinking Class,” while Kenny Chesney debuts with his latest, “Flora-Bama,” coming in at No. 20.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including 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 – “Neon Light”
  3. Tim McGraw – “Shotgun Rider”
  4. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  5. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  6. Blake Shelton w/Ashley Monroe – “Lonely Tonight”
  7. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  8. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  9. Darius Rucker – “Homegrown Honey”
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Nov 28

Carrie Underwood Visits Top 20

Carrie Underwood's Greatest Hits: Decade 1 Album

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and that means friends, family, football and — Carrie Underwood. On this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown Underwood stops by to chat with host Nan Kelley about the release of her upcoming album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Can her new video, “Something In The Water,” break Blake Shelton’s No. 1 run? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out!

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In addition to hearing Underwood talk about her latest project — and show off her baby bump! — Nan Kelley will also count down this week’s Top 20 music videos, chosen by you. Don’t forget to visit our voting page to cast your votes once a day.

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Nov 21

Blake Shelton Remains At No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton's Neon Light

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It’s five weeks in a row at No. 1 for Blake Shelton and “Neon Light” on Top 20 Country Countdown! We’re offering up a double shot of Shelton this week, with a sneak peek at his new video, “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe. Plus, Carrie Underwood has a big debut with her new video, “Something in the Water.”

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including 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. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  2. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  3. Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water”
  4. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  5. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  6. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  7. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  8. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  9. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
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Nov 14

Blake Shelton Makes It a Fourth Week at No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/BlakeShelton.

Blake Shelton makes it a fourth week at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Neon Light.” Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean round out the Top 3, while Parmalee makes their countdown debut with their new video, “Close Your Eyes.” Plus, host Nan Kelley has a sneak peek of new videos from Carrie Underwood and Kristian Bush!

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including 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. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  2. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  3. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  4. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
  5. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  6. Big & Rich – “Look At You”
  7. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  8. Lee Ann Womack – “The Way I’m Livin’”
  9. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
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Nov 10

Luke Bryan Reflects on Winning CMA Entertainer of the Year

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Luke Bryan wins Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards.

Luke Bryan won his first-ever CMA Award last week, and it just so happened to be a big one – Entertainer of the Year. He received the award from four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks, whom Bryan thanked for paving the way for artists like himself  to follow their dreams – after he asked Brooks for another hug.

“The fact that I had never met Garth, and Garth handed me the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award, y’all, that is just like, that is just crazy to me,” Bryan said. “You know, as a kid, he was somebody that when you saw how he put on a show, it was undeniable, just put on a show like Garth. I don’t know, just a lot of work, a lot of beautiful, amazing people getting me here right now.”

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Nov 7

Blake Shelton Makes It Another Week at No. 1 on Top 20

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton extends his run at No. 1 on Top 20 Country Countdown with “Neon Light,” while Brad Paisley and Cole Swindell round out the Top 3. It’s a big week for debuts, with new clips from Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Frankie Ballard and Sam Hunt all entering the countdown for the first time. Plus, host Nan Kelley has a sneak peek of Florida Georgia Line’s new video.

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including 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. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  2. Brad Paisley – “Perfect Storm”
  3. Cole Swindell – “Hope You Get Lonely”
  4. Rascal Flatts – “Payback”
  5. Jason Aldean – “Burnin’ It Down”
  6. Big & Rich – “Look At You”
  7. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Dierks Bentley – “Say You Do”
  10. Florida Georgia Line – “Dirt” Continue Reading

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