For the last 40 days we've counted down the top 40 songs so that we'd end right here, on January 1, 2009, with our Top Country single of 2008. If you've followed along you probably figured out this one'd be our favorite. Now you can read what makes this song the best.
Now we're down to the nitty gritty of this year's best Singles of 2008 countdown. This song, today's #2 song is a special song. From the first time we heard it in late 2007, we were mesmerized.
To be successful in life, most people have to work hard. Some musicians have to work even harder to succeed, especially when many have deemed them a failure. Otto overcame those obstacles to score a Grammy nomination with this single, Country's biggest hit of 2008.
After 13 years in the music business, LeAnn Rimes has matured into an international superstar on the basis of great songs. But perhaps no song she's recorded has quite matched this single, which radio promptly ignored earlier this year.
Alan Jackson returned to form with this single, which was recently selected as one of Roughstock's most favorite singles from 2008.
Alan Jackson has earned the right to sing whatever he likes and in 2006 he used some of that cache to release the not-so-traditional sounding "Like Red On A Rose" but like a good winter storm, AJ returned in 2008 with some great traditional country stuff, like this single here.
Emotional songs about relationships and life are the lifeblood of country music and with this song, Randy Houser was able to make a smashing debut on the charts. The song broke through enough to make it one of 2008's best Country singles released.
One of country music's most consistent music makers since 1999, Brad Paisley has recently earned a reputation for writing and recording humorous songs like "Ticks." Lost in the sillyness is the fact that he can sing a serious tune too. It's those serious songs we love the best.
Released as the debut single for his new "Troubadour" album, this song became King George's latest chart-topping hit. The song, which speaks about God's omnipresence, also stood out as one of 2008's 10 greatest radio singles.
Miranda Lambert has had critical acclaim since she arrived with "Kerosene" in 2005. Radio finally caught up to the platinum selling artist with this single, which deservedly became her first Top 10 single. It's also one of 2008's greatest singles released.