As we near the end of 2016, it's only fitting that One Country shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we're putting our own spin on a few!

This year was full of, well, everything-- we lost Merle Haggard, Beyonce appeared at the CMA Awards, and Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year. You name it and it happened. Through each of these moments, sad or joyful, we fell more and more in love with country music this year. But, yes, a few captured our hearts and attention a little more than others.

7 Country Music Moments That Made Us Love Country Music Even More in 2016:

1. "Forever Country"
The "Forever Country" video was hands down the most magical thing to happen to country music this year and just about any year before it. Thirty artists, three songs and one incredible video. It just doesn't get any better than this.

2. George Strait at Gruene Hall
I was lucky enough to be apart of the small crowd for George Strait's first show at Gruene Hall in 34 years. I've never experienced anything like it. They call him The King for a reason and seeing him live at such a small, iconic venue made me love him and country music a lot.

3. Carrie Underwood's Drum Solo
This was Carrie Underwood's year from start to finish, but her performance of "Church Bells" during the ACM Awards was one of her best live performances of all-time. She commanded the stage and stole the show. I will be talking about this drum solo for years to come. What's not to love about it?

4. Sharing the Stage With Dierks Bentley
Sometimes, you get to go to a Dierks Bentley show and sometimes, Dierks invites you out on stage. Even fewer times, Dierks takes your selfie stick and takes a video of himself. Dierks' show was energetic, fun and just plain entertaining. I was a Dierks fan before, but probably became a lifer after getting to sing on stage with him.

5. Eric Church's Cover of "Hallelujah"
Don't get me wrong, 2016 featured several amazing performances from Eric Church singing his own stuff, but his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" stopped me in my tracks more than once.

6. Lori McKenna Winning Song of the Year (Again)
Lori McKenna is not only an incredible songwriter, she's the living embodiment of being "Humble and Kind." With her win for CMA Song of the Year this year, she became the first female to ever win back-to-back Song of the Year trophies. She's the first solo writer to win since 2011 and the first repeat winner since Vince Gill did it in 1991 and 1992. McKenna is the ultimate success story and someone you can't help but love and cheer on. On top of that, she released a top notch solo album, The Bird and the Rifle, that'll also make you love country music.

7. Brad Paisley's Tribute to Randy Travis

Few people love and respect country music and those who came before him like Brad Paisley, so it was only fitting that he help pay tribute to Randy Travis during the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Paisley's performance of "Forever and Ever, Amen" was reverent, touching and good.


Adam Levine Showed Off His Backside with Daughter Dusty Rose

You know the phrase, "she got it from her mama?" Well, Adam Levine's daughter, Dusty Rose, might get it from her dad.

Adam's wife Behati Prinsloo shared an adorable photo of the pair on Instagram with the hilarious caption, "same butt different."

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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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Tracy Lawrence Helped Fry Over 500 Turkeys for Families in Need This Thanksgiving

For 12 years now, Tracy Lawrence has been getting together with his friends to give back to those in need during the Holidays.

Lawrence's 12th Annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry took place in the parking lot of the Nashville Rescue Mission where volunteers manned 60 different fryers to cook over 600 turkeys.

During the event, Lawrence told us, "This event started with a group of started off innocently, we thought it'd be a great way to give back to the community..." And what a way to give back.

Lawrence also told us that he thinks they feed about 7,000 plates.

On top of that, other cities like Dallas and Louisville have gotten in on the frying and Lawrence hopes to bring it to more cities in the future.

We hope that as the turkey fry grows each year, maybe Lawrence will consider re-writing "Paint Me Birmingham" to something like, "Fry Me a Turkey, Ma'am." Or something?


Caution: Listening to Garth Brooks Sing "Unanswered Prayers," Will Bring Unanswered Tears

Garth Brooks is an emotional guy that puts those emotions into every performance and every song he sings.

Most recently, Garth visited "The View," and since it's the Holiday season, he decided to play his hit from 1991, "Unanswered Prayers." It was just him, his guitar and a flood of emotions.

Even the hosts were holding tears back.

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Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton Doesn't Want to Do Photoshoots Because George Strait Doesn't Do Photoshoots

Blake Shelton is famous. Like, really famous. He's a country music superstar, dating a superstar, he's on TV multiple nights a week and he still tours and stuff. He's famous.

Famous people have to get their photo taken a lot. Like, more than babies sometimes. And Blake hates it. In fact, he hates it so much he told Kix Brooks he's not doing them because George Strait doesn't have to do them. Call him in 10 years when you want another photo.

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Keith Urban

Keith Urban Bestowed With Highest Waffle House Honor: Most-Played Song

Forget the GRAMMYs, the CMA Awards, and coming home to Nicole Kidman every night. Keith Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color" was the most played song on jukeboxes at Waffle Houses nationwide over the last 12 months.

I don't want to mess this up, so here's the press release:

In celebration of the 2017 National Jukebox Day, Waffle House restaurants announce today that Keith Urban's hit "Blue Ain't Your Color" tops the list as the most-played song on the restaurant's TouchTunes jukeboxes over the past 12 months.

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Jordan Fisher Crowned Season 25 Champion of "Dancing With the Stars" in Dramatic Fashion

Season 25 of "Dancing With the Stars" has come to a close and the results were only somewhat surprising. The final three-- Jordan Fisher, Lindsey Stirling, and Frankie Muniz went to head-to-head in dramatic reality TV fashion complete with sequins, rhinestones and more sequins.

The finale consisted of each of the three finalists dancing a repeat routine from earlier in the season, which found Lindsay and Mark Ballas doing the jive (40/40); Frankie and Whitney Carson nailing the Argentine tango (30/30); and Jordan and Lindsay Arnold samba'ing (30/30).

Jordan's repeat routine was flawless, but the video leading up to the routine, was pretty intense. Jordan shared that as a child actor he seemed to always get second place on everything he did. So, at this point, most viewers were thinking-- please don't let this poor kid get second. After booking "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," he also got cast in the Broadway production of Hamilton. So, then, most viewers were like, he'll be fine.

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Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton is a Really Great Country Music Singer and This "Voice" Performance Proves It

It's easy to see that Blake Shelton loves country music. Just listen to the way he talks about it during episodes of "The Voice." He constantly says, "country music is my life." Country music fans probably forget that when they see him out with girlfriend Gwen Stefani in Los Angeles, but in case there was ever any doubt, just watch this performance from #TeamBlake.

Blake and his crew took on Hank Williams Jr.'s "If It Will, It Will" and no one had more fun than Blake. Seriously.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Needed an Outfit So Stole Some Stuff From Liam Hemsworth

Billy Ray Cyrus recently visited "Harry," with Harry Connick Jr. where he discussed everything from his faith, his career to his clothing style. Most notably, not his style, but his future son-in-law Liam Hemsworth's style.

Billy Ray may or may not have borrowed/stolen a shirt from Liam before heading to the show.

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