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15 on Fire: A Playlist of Career-Igniting Hits

What about the songs that first put some of today’s stars on the map? They may not necessarily be their biggest radio hits or the ones we sing along to every day, but they are the tunes that made country fans sit up, cock an ear and, with a nod of recognition, say, “Oh, I know who this is!”

Here are our 15 breakthrough songs. Remember where you were when you first heard them?

1. Trisha Yearwood, “She’s in Love With the Boy”

Released: May 1991

2. Luke Bryan, “All My Friends Say”

Released: January 2007

3. Jason Aldean, “Hicktown”

Released: March 2005

4. Miranda Lambert, “Kerosene”

Released: September 2005

5. Lady Antebellum, “Love Don’t Live Here”

Released: October 2007

6. Rascal Flatts, “Prayin’ for Daylight”

Released: February 2000

7. Brooks & Dunn, “Brand New Man”

Released: June 1991

8. Toby Keith, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”

Released: March 1993

9. Martina McBride, “My Baby Loves Me”

Released: May 1992

10. Keith Urban, “Where the Blacktop Ends”

Released: April 2001

11. Tim McGraw, “Indian Outlaw”

Released: January 1994

12. Faith Hill, “Wild One”

Released: September 1993

13. Kenny Chesney, “Me and You”

Released: June 1996

14. Dierks Bentley, “What Was I Thinkin’”

Released: April 2003

15. Alan Jackson, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox”

Released: May 1991

Watch the whole playlist on YouTube.


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