Year In Review: 12 Songs That Made 2011 A Special Year For Country Music (page 4)

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] with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Alabama[/lastfm] – “Old Alabama” (Arista Nashville/Sony)

Alabama’s importance to Country Music history cannot be overstated.

They were a major factor in bringing Country Music into the mainstream of Pop Culture.

That process began some 30 years ago with such gems as “Love In The First Degree“, “Take Me Down“, and “Mountain Music“.

“Mountain Music” became the foundation to Brad Paisley’s ode to the days when Randy, Teddy, Jeff and Mark innovated and dominated Country Music, winning award after award and selling records in numbers not previously known in Nashville.

Plus, “Old Alabama” exposes their music to an entirely new generation.

If you’re a car enthusiast…like me…take five minutes and watch the video for all the old Chevies…one ’68 Dodge cop car and the icons from Fort Payne tooling into the Bel-Air Drive In in a ’49 Cadillac.

And DO NOT miss the end.

You can thank me later…