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 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.
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, like this song here.
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.
Becky Schlegel has become a popular regional artist in the mid-west. Her blend of bluegrass and traditional Acoustic country melodies has garnered her an audience in the remainder of the United States as well. This song is our first entrant into the Top 10 singles of the year.
With this single, the former Trick Pony frontwoman managed to successfully start-up her solo career. The song was a perfect choice for her as it showed off her whiskey-soaked vocals and interpretation ability. Call it a smashing success.