Year In Review: 12 Songs That Made 2011 A Special Year For Country Music

Welcome back, Martina...she shows up twice in this list. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Welcome back, Martina…she shows up twice in this list. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

She said the word “cancer” in a song…and touched a lot of lives in the process.

In no particular order…here we go.

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Martina McBride[/lastfm] – “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” (Republic Nashville)

In Country Music, you can say things that just can’t be said elsewhere.

Martina’s ode to a couple battling a wife’s breast cancer – together as a couple – is an anthem of encouragement for any couple fighting life’s battles…it doesn’t necessarily have to be cancer, the message still resonates.

That’s the power of a great Country song.

The video features Sheryl Crow, Robin Roberts, Hoda Kotb – cancer survivors all – and Katie Couric, who lost both a husband and a sister to cancer.

Kudos to songwriters Ben Hayslip, Sonya Isaacs and Jimmy Yeary, and of course to Martina.

“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” kinda fulfills the premise of another Martina message song…from 2000…

If you don’t tear up at the 3:40 mark…you gotta heart of stone.