Country music artists love water, especially in their videos. Whether the clip is a fun-loving and breezy summer adventure or has a far deeper and more profound meaning, pools, rivers, oceans, lakes and the like have served as the vehicle to unravel the story. The early days of MTV and CMT allowed artists to utilize the visual medium in a way they never could before, giving them license to take their lyricism to new heights. Of course, we now live in the day of YouTube, a refocusing of what videos mean for singers. But, when you look back at country’s history in relationship with videos, you’ll find that water is an inescapable force in the storytelling model.
Country Outfitter takes a look at some of the most prolific and defining music videos of all time, ranging from the youthful glow of Leann Rimes’ debut single to Carrie Underwood’s 2014 career-solidifying moment.
Water is in marvelous form as we take a stroll down memory lane in our 10 Splashiest Country Music Videos:
“Blue” by Leann Rimes (1996)
“Tell Me I Was Dreaming” by Travis Tritt (1994)
“Chattahoochee” by Alan Jackson (1992)
“Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood (2014)
“Old Blue Chair” by Kenny Chesney (2004)
“Knee Deep” by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett (2010)
“Cry” by Faith Hill
“Water” by Brad Paisley (2010)
“Standing Knee Deep in a River Dying of Thirst” by Kathy Mattea (1992)
“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry (2010)
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