Like every year, 2017 brought us many great, and some very tough, memories. The country music community was tested only to grow closer and stronger than ever, and while we were gifted with quite a few memorable musical moments this year, we choose 7 we'd especially like to thank 2017 for.
1. Album Release
Chris Stapleton has graced country music with his lyrics and melodies for years, writing some of todays greatest country hits. While we patiently await the release of From A Room: Volume 2, due out on December 1, we can't stop playing the 9 tracks off From A Room: Volume 1.
Chris Stapleton's Album A Room: Volume 1
During a time when it seemed like the world needed it most, Keith Urban swooped in and gave us the single “Female," a tune that highlights the struggles woman often face in a male dominated world. And yes, featured on background vocals is none other than his beloved wife Nicole Kidman.
3. Live Performance
Miranda Lambert's latest studio album is full of show-stopping songs, but one in particular has silenced arena after arena. “Tin Man," was not a single like you might assume, but the superstar has chosen to perform it time and again, and after watching this video, it's easy to see why.
Both Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris have been making headlines for their hard work all year long, but when these two young stars teamed up, they brought us the undeniably catchy “Craving You."
When Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced their duo-headlining Soul2Soul World Tour, country music fans everywhere rejoiced. The chance to see the couple of 21-years share the stage was such an exciting one, it's no wonder the tour completely sold out.
6. Music Video
It's safe to say no other country music video released this year had as much drama, or chase scenes, as the one for “It Ain't My Fault." The Brothers Osborne took home this year's CMA for Music Video of the Year thanks to this mini-movie, find out why below.
Earlier this year, Kelsea Ballerini had the honor of hosting the Radio Disney Awards and had the opportunity to cover a personal hero of hers, “I definitely love pushing boundaries, and I’ve always loved strong female artists in every genre, and Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson are some of my favorites," Ballerini said during an interview with Teen Vogue.