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

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

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Brad Paisley[/lastfm] – “This Is Country Music” (Arista Nashville/Sony)

No one…and I mean…absolutely NO ONE ELSE could have made this song.

Anyone else would’ve sounded pretentious at best…or kill their career at worst.

But Brad Paisley is an unofficial guardian of Country Music history and tradition. It’s obvious he sees the music as something Bigger Than All Of Us.

And that’s a good thing.

It’s not that he hasn’t dabbled far to the Pop side…as in his duet with Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me“.

Or rocked out on such hits as “Camoflauge“.

Brad’s the whole package, consistently himself yet consistently fresh.

And just when you might wonder if Country Music’s turning too far to one side or another, Brad brings it all back to the center with a smile and a witty lyric.

One wonders if the opening line, “You’re not supposed to say the word “cancer” in a song” just might have been an inspiration to Martina McBride, whose “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” gives hope and comfort to those touched by cancer today…and inspires their spouses to Love Them Through It.

I believe we’ve come full circle here.

What are your special songs of 2011?

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