Tim McGraw

5 Iconic Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Duets, Ranked

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been mending our hearts for the better part of 30 years. Through their smoldering duets, they illustrated the sheer power of love, and even though they were singing to each other, it was as if they were peering right into our soul. Shockingly, it took years for the two singers to team up for a full album of duets, and that's where The Rest of Our Life (out now) comes into play, tapping into their strengths as storytellers and vocalists. Hill takes an especially centerstage role, which is refreshing given her long hiatus between her own solo albums.

Below, One Country ranks the pair's most iconic duets from good to great.

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10 Movies of the "Halloween" Franchise, Officially Ranked

The mood. The setting. The undeniably chilling score. John Carpenter's "Halloween" defined much of what constitutes the slasher genre, also illustrated in such later '80s flicks as "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" ⎯⎯ but it was Carpenter's skillful direction that paved the way. The story was pretty simple: a psychotic boy named Michael Myers kills his sister Judith in 1963, gets locked up for 15 years, breaks out, returns to his hometown of Haddonfield and goes on a killing spree. Laurie Strode (played to perfection by the original scream queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Psycho's Janet Leigh) unwittingly becomes his target on Halloween in 1978. Her friends die all around her, and Laurie must use her cunning to outsmart and ultimately defeat the boogeyman.

At the time, "Halloween" was trickled out slowly into theaters nationwide, but before long, a frenzy broke out. The movie went on to gross $47 million and spawn nine sequels, including the Myers-absent "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" and two Rob Zombie's reboots.

In 2018, Carpenter returns to the franchise as executive producer on a new sequel to be directed by David Gordon Green. Green and Danny McBride wrote the script, which promises to "carve a new path." Curtis is set to reprise her iconic role as Laurie for one final showdown. Reportedly, the sequel follows the events of the 1978 original film, ignoring all other sequels as canon.

Below, One Country ranks all 10 current Halloween films, from worst to best.

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Johnny Cash

10 Best Songs From Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash's songbook is one of American idealisms, detailing sorrow, grief, addiction and romance. Over the course of five decades, he transformed country and pop music with his sharp penmanship and astute covers of his peers' work. His countless studio records, ranging from I Walk the Line and Silver to At Folsom Prison, Bitter Tears and Ride This Train, he defined what it meant to be an outlaw ⎯⎯ literally walking the stylistic line between country, folk, rock and pop. He lived by no one's rules but his own, and that's what led to his legacy career.

Below, we take a look at Cash's 10 most memorable songs.

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10 Best Taylor Swift Singles (Ranked)

Look what you made Taylor do: build a looming empire. Her detractors aside, Taylor Swift has amassed millions of albums and singles sold, sold-out world tours and launched a clever reinvention we all asked for. Anchored with her dark and twisted new single, reputation (out Nov. 10), promises to see her have a blackout moment, a chance to rearrange the narrative critics have drawn up for her. In "Look What You Made Me Do," she owns up to her flaws, admitting her role in social media clap backs, the ever-growing pile of receipts (thanks to Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry) and the persona she herself has mastered.

Over the course of 11 years, her songwriting has been the glue to her craft. From her wide-eyed days as a country darling to today's deliberate and strategic genius, she has established quite a solid songbook of hits. But which ones are her absolute best?

Below, One Country ranks Swift's 10 best singles, from good to great.

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10 Most Underrated Country Acts From the 1990s

When you think '90s country music, names like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood come to mind almost immediately. Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, too. That era, often characterized by both neo-traditional music and arena-sized pop-country, was crucial in the genre's evolution: moving from countrypolitan to roots-based tunes. Of course, pop melted into the format unlike ever before, but it never seemed to be too saccharine or frivolous. The core of storytelling was always prominent.

But what about the music-makers who rarely get enough credit? Well, we've picked our 10 favorites, the ones most overlooked in the grand scheme of things. Check out our selections below.

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10 Best Performances From Brett Eldredge

With mainstream country veering further into pop music these days, there is less stress on sheer vocal talent, trading in mood-creating and lyrics for beats and rhythms. Brett Eldredge, now on his third, non-holiday album (2017's self-titled), often mixes the best of both worlds. His singles might not reflect his commitment to continuing country legacy, but his deep cuts are entrenched in both the past and present. If you need more convincing, just check him out on the road or tune into one of many primetime performance slots. His live presentation is often embedded in storytelling, never compromising art for the sake of mass appeal.

Below, we have curated Eldredge's 10 best performances, ranging from concert footage to acoustic sessions and TV appointments.

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10 '90s Country Hits That Are Still Super Relevant Today

2017 is awash in '90s nostalgia, from revivals and/or spin-offs of "Full House" and "Will & Grace" to "Twin Peaks" and a slew of other projects in development. It's inherently cool to relive the '90s, for better or worse. But you'll most likely just feel old.

Music appears to be rehashing many of the sounds and themes of that era, too, with the likes of such country up and comers as Jon Pardi, William Michael Morgan, Runaway June and Midland borrowing from Alan Jackson, George Strait and Dixie Chicks. It was inevitable, really, but we aren't complaining.

Below, we take a look at 10 songs from the '90s which remain just as relevant today.

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10 Most Influential Country Albums From the 1990s

When you re-examine some of the most crucial and defining albums of the 1990s, you begin to get a better understanding of today's music scene ⎯⎯ through the eyes of such noise-making newcomers as Jon Pardi, William Michael Morgan, Runaway June and Midland, who are all breaking down the door with their rootsy mixture of throwback traditionalism and thoughtful progressivism. There is no imaginable way to recreate some of the landmark releases that made this list, but paying homage comes pretty close: from pulling fibers of the past together with a distinctly 2017 filter to going against the grain completely and reminding fans of the genre's gutsy past.

Below, we take a look at 10 of the most influential albums of '90s-era country music, ranging from the heavily-pop influenced to the raw, gentle songwriting of a few unforgettable tastemakers. Some picks were chosen for irrefutable commercial achievements, while others earned considerable acclaim for their artistic efforts.

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Premiere: JoLivi covers Carrie Underwood's classic hit "Before He Cheats"

There's no way you don't know this 2006 Carrie Underwood classic by heart. After it commanded a streak at the top of the country radio singles chart, it crossed over in a big way--drawing upon her pop fans from her time on "American Idol." Now, up and comer JoLivi, who formerly gave us such pop bops as "Games" and "Fed Up," takes a shot at reimagining the song as part of her Country Live sessions. Previously, she's covered Eric Church's "Talladega," A Thousand Horses' "Smoke" and Lady Antebellum's "American Honey."

"I really wanted to do a country ballad song, which is something I haven't really had the chance to do yet. 'Before He Cheats' is such a classic and powerful song, and I've always loved Carrie Underwood," JoLivi tells One Country. "For awhile, there weren't many women in country music whose songs were making the Billboard Top 100, but then Carrie came along and added a face for women in country and helped pave the wave and open up doors for others, including myself."

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