It’s not an easy task choosing the best country music videos, given all the talent that has come and gone over the years. However, there are a few that really manage to rise above the rest thanks to a certain something nobody can really put into words. It’s videos like these that just keep your eyes and ears begging for more. Here’s are our first take on ’em:
Brad Paisley – Little Moments
It has to be one of the cutest country music videos ever made. The intro is delightful and charming, and even though Brad doesn’t do anything over the top, you still want to keep watching. The couples used for the video provide a great sense of sincerity.
Alan Jackson – Chattahoochee
Alan is known for his playful character and the video is based on exactly that. He takes a look back on his teenage years and the fun he had with his friends. It’s as fun to watch as it is great to listen to. Alan definitely wasn’t a boring teen.
Reba McEntire – I’ll Be
This is the perfect video for all mothers and daughters. Reba has been in a gem for country music for many years now and her impact is artfully captured. The relationship between a mother and daughter is something nobody can understand, but the feelings are obvious.
Faith Hill – Cry
There aren’t many words to describe this video other than it is simply beautiful. Faith’s strong voice and the deep and soulful lyrics blend perfectly with the setting. The dark shades never really disappear, but there is still some manner of light to hold on to.
Trisha Yearwood – How do I Live?
After all this time this video still sends goosebumps all over your body. It is based on the motion picture “Con Air” and the strength in Trisha’s voice carries the viewer right into the middle of the emotion. Hands down one of the best videos ever made.
Johnny Cash – Hurt
It doesn’t matter that Johnny didn’t write the song, because he sings it like it’s his own. The video runs back over his life and the choices he made. From the depths of a talented soul comes a video that cannot be competed with.
Willie Nelson – Just Breathe
Doing a cover version of a Pearl Jam song is not easy, but for Willie it’s like second nature. The video features a father and son, connecting through life on the open road. A comforting atmosphere hovers throughout the scenes, creating a “need” to get in the car with someone you love and hitting the road.
Dolly Parton – Home
This legend hasn’t lost her touch, and it’s evident in the video. It’s obvious that she is used to the limelight, because she is very comfortable in front of the camera. Looking better than ever between all those flowers, Dolly is still the queen of country.
Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – Somethin’ Bad
These two young ladies have created one of the most exciting videos of the year with “Somethin’ Bad”. It takes them on an outlaw journey from poker to banks and it looks great all the way. The authenticity of the video alone makes it a classic.
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson – If I can find a clean Shirt
Waylon and Willie make quite a team no matter what song they decide to sing. As for the video, it plays off in an old Western town where they have a lot of fun. According to the song they had too much fun, but that’s to be expected from outlaws.
Tim McGraw & Taylor Swift – Highway Don’t Care
Both of these individuals have built a solid following in the country genre and the video only establishes this fact a little more. It’s a brilliant rendition of regret, loss and love, performed by two great voices.
Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
This band was well-known for their darker country sound and the video depicts this perfectly. Very little light or even faces are shown and just like the video, the song is nice and slow. This is one of the more artistic videos in terms of country music.
Holly Williams – The Highway
Holly is definitely one of the singers with a unique and sultry voice. The video shows her life on the road, the places she sees and the people she plays with. Life on the road can be somewhat lonely, but she was born to entertain as can be seen by the crowds who gather at her shows.
James Otto – Groovy Little Summer Song
Have you ever had one of those days where you just want to listen to the radio and daydream while sitting at work? This is the predicament the people in the video find themselves. Long summer days have a tendency to cause moments like these.
Julie Roberts – The Chance
It’s a very heartfelt video of Julie in the studio, while memories stream through her mind as she sings with that beautiful voice. The personal touch is very well done and relating to her character is very easy, even if you’re not in the same situation.
Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses
When the time comes for a father to give away his daughter, it’s never easy. Over the years this video has been used for so many celebrations related to loving fathers all over the world, and there is a good reason why.
Katrina Elam – No End in Sight
Apart from the beautiful nature shots in the video, Katrina does a great job at shining through to her audience. Everything just seems to fit and connect effortlessly, including the sound and visuals. Grace and elegance are the two words that describes it best.
Rushlow – I Can’t Be Your Friend
The band is very relaxed and at ease in the studio/apartment. As for the girl they sing about, she walks around a take video shots of the band and in other scenes she makes collages; very simple, but also very effective. It’s always nice to see a band in action.
Sheryl Crow – Favorite Mistake
She looks and sounds great on this rather simplistic video, which helped her reach more fans outside her genre. Sheryl has always looked good on camera, but this one in particular garners a different type of sultry sexiness. The song itself really helps to get the viewer into the mood of the video.