ABC Counts Down ’15 Songs That Changed Country Music’

Screen shot of Martina McBride performing "Stand By Your Man."

Screen shot of Martina McBride performing “Stand By Your Man.”

Last night (Nov. 3) ABC aired Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts. Artists including Kacey Musgraves, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Hunter Hayes performed some of the classic songs that made the list. The show included expert commentary from MusicRow’s own Robert K. Oermann. See clips here.

According to ABC, the Top 15 songs showcased aren’t the best-selling songs of all time, nor are they just the revered classics. They are songs which helped transform country music through their musical significance, cultural influence, and ability to reach new audiences. The Top 15 list is not available for publication.

The special also includes appearances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line and Darius Rucker. 

The CMA Awards air live on ABC, tomorrow (Nov. 5).


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