10 Women in Country Music Who Deserve to Breakout Already

Women are underrated. Somehow (even though it’s not exactly a mystery), we are still combating equal rights, which is terrifyingly reflected on the airwaves. Looking at the country radio charts any given week, there might be two or three solo women present ⎯⎯ but even that is becoming a rarity these days. With Carrie Underwood … Read more

5 Iconic Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Duets, Ranked

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been mending our hearts for the better part of 30 years. Through their smoldering duets, they illustrated the sheer power of love, and even though they were singing to each other, it was as if they were peering right into our soul. Shockingly, it took years for the two … Read more

10 Movies of the “Halloween” Franchise, Officially Ranked

The mood. The setting. The undeniably chilling score. John Carpenter’s “Halloween” defined much of what constitutes the slasher genre, also illustrated in such later ’80s flicks as “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Friday the 13th” ⎯⎯ but it was Carpenter’s skillful direction that paved the way. The story was pretty simple: a psychotic boy … Read more

10 Best Songs From Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s songbook is one of American idealisms, detailing sorrow, grief, addiction and romance. Over the course of five decades, he transformed country and pop music with his sharp penmanship and astute covers of his peers’ work. His countless studio records, ranging from I Walk the Line and Silver to At Folsom Prison, Bitter Tears … Read more

10 Best Taylor Swift Singles (Ranked)

Look what you made Taylor do: build a looming empire. Her detractors aside, Taylor Swift has amassed millions of albums and singles sold, sold-out world tours and launched a clever reinvention we all asked for. Anchored with her dark and twisted new single, reputation (out Nov. 10), promises to see her have a blackout moment, … Read more

10 Most Underrated Country Acts From the 1990s

When you think ’90s country music, names like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood come to mind almost immediately. Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, too. That era, often characterized by both neo-traditional music and arena-sized pop-country, was crucial in the genre’s evolution: moving from countrypolitan to roots-based tunes. Of course, … Read more

10 Best Performances From Brett Eldredge

With mainstream country veering further into pop music these days, there is less stress on sheer vocal talent, trading in mood-creating and lyrics for beats and rhythms. Brett Eldredge, now on his third, non-holiday album (2017’s self-titled), often mixes the best of both worlds. His singles might not reflect his commitment to continuing country legacy, … Read more

10 ’90s Country Hits That Are Still Super Relevant Today

2017 is awash in ’90s nostalgia, from revivals and/or spin-offs of “Full House” and “Will & Grace” to “Twin Peaks” and a slew of other projects in development. It’s inherently cool to relive the ’90s, for better or worse. But you’ll most likely just feel old. Music appears to be rehashing many of the sounds … Read more

10 Most Influential Country Albums From the 1990s

When you re-examine some of the most crucial and defining albums of the 1990s, you begin to get a better understanding of today’s music scene ⎯⎯ through the eyes of such noise-making newcomers as Jon Pardi, William Michael Morgan, Runaway June and Midland, who are all breaking down the door with their rootsy mixture of … Read more

Premiere: JoLivi covers Carrie Underwood’s classic hit “Before He Cheats”

There’s no way you don’t know this 2006 Carrie Underwood classic by heart. After it commanded a streak at the top of the country radio singles chart, it crossed over in a big way–drawing upon her pop fans from her time on “American Idol.” Now, up and comer JoLivi, who formerly gave us such pop … Read more

6 Songs That Went No. 1 (While Miranda Lambert Didn’t)

Miranda Lambert’s double album,The Weight of These Wings, might be one of the most important collections of this era, if not of all-time. Carrying the damage and vulnerability only experience and pain can bring, the bold, raw and intimate set features some of Lambert’s finest storytelling. From the tear of “Tin Man” to the garbled … Read more

10 Best Deep Cuts From Lady Antebellum

Everyone knows “Need You Now” like the back of their hand. You couldn’t shop, take the elevator, hit up the club or even walk down the street without hearing it back in 2010. As the anchor to Lady Antebellum’s sophomore album, of the same name, the brooding late-night ballad catapulted the group to superstardom: it … Read more