With 2013 coming to a close, it’s great to look back on some of the magic that country music gave us this year. There were a slew of record breaking singles, dynamic newcomers jumping in the mix and country veterans who put their emotions into every lyrics and the country world was lucky enough to witness every mind blowing moment.
It’s hard to narrow it down to only 10 but with their beautiful plots, great cinematography and dynamic lyrics, these 10 videos truly embraces the excitement of country music in 2013.
10. Tyler Farr – “Redneck Crazy”
Beginning the countdown is our Stout Pull 2014 artist Tyler Farr with his single “Redneck Crazy”. Though its his third single, this song is already certified platinum by the RIAA and rested easily at No 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Who hasn’t been in a situation where they’ve been driven redneck crazy seeing their love with another person?
9. Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs”
When Carrie Underwood released her album Blown Away in 2012, it made the country world buzz loudly. Underwood started 2013 with the release of her music video for “Two Black Cadillacs”, a song that already had such an impressive lyrical nature. But add to that the dark, eerie feeling of what mood the song portrays and it really can’t help but give goosebumps.
8. Dierks Bentley – “I Hold On”
As the second single from his seventh album Riser, Dierks Bentley’s song “I Hold On” gives fans a glimpse into tour life and still keeping a truly romantic plot involved. Live performance shots mixed in with a beautiful brunette (and we aren’t just talking about Dierks) easily keeps a fan’s attention the entire song.
7. Cassadee Pope – “Wasting All These Tears”
When The Voice season 3 winner Cassadee Pope busted into the country scene this year, many people weren’t sure how her former pop/punk roots would project her career but she’s proven everyone wrong with her dynamic lead single “Wasting All These Tears”. The love-gone-wrong song showed off Pope’s stellar vocals while still featuring a strong country sound proving she has the chops to make it in the industry.
6. Luke Bryan – “Crash My Party”
Fans got a surprise when Luke Bryan released his hit single “Crash My Party”… a glimpse into his personal life. Featuring a surprise from his wife, this backwoods country music video had fans all over the country hoping he would crash their party.
5. Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
As if fans couldn’t love Miranda Lambert anymore, she portrayed exactly the feeling every girl gets when she’s mending a broken heart. With her sassy, drinking, rebellious moments mixed with a bit of insanity and craziness, this video really does prove that sometimes it’s not easy to just ‘fix your makeup’ and move on.
4. Lady Antebellum – “Downtown”
New mom and Lady A lead singer Hillary Scott may have had a life of early-to-bed lately, but their video for “Downtown” proves she still has a bit of sass left. Charles and Dave don police uniforms (yes, ladies, we know) as Hillary tries to prove that she’s just as crazy as she’s always been. With a guest appearance by “2 Broke Girls” star Beth Behrs, a little craziness happens that makes for an epic music video.
3. Tim McGraw – “Highway Don’t Care”
Tim McGraw teams up with a dynamic cast for his third release from Two Lanes of Freedomincluding Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. The video serves as an ultimate ‘don’t text and drive’ campaign as the leading lady is involved in a near fatal car crash while texting the man who made her cry. With Urban’s guitar riffs and Swift’s help on the chorus, all three massive country stars are featured in the video.
2. Carrie Underwood – “See You Again”
Carrie Underwood makes her second appearance on the top video list of the year mostly because we couldn’t decide which video of hers we loved more. But “See You Again” hits the notes deep within our hearts, especially with its longing message. The video features a montage of military personnel, lost loved ones and a flawless faced Underwood portraying an uplifting message that no matter what, we’ll see our closest loves once again.
1. Brantley Gilbert – “Bottom’s Up”
With four years since a peep from Brantley Gilbert, the country world exploded when he released his latest single and video for “Bottom’s Up” on the same day. The prohibition-style video mixed with a bit of traditional party scenes reminded fans exactly why they loved BG from the start. Now we’re just dying for another song, another video, anything! C’mon BG!
– Jodi Phillips, The New 103.7 Charlotte