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10 Of The Best Country Songs That Tell A Story Flawlessly

#1 Reba McEntire – Fancy (Official Music Video)

This song is so amazing, and you really have to listen to get the full story (and track down the complete song — one verse is cut in the radio version). "Fancy" tells the story of a poor girl named Fancy whose mother essentially pimps her out in the hopes of improving her station. Controversial but still powerful, I can't blame the mother, who wants her daughter to have more and doesn't know of another way to help her get it.

#2 Reba McEntire – The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia (Offici

This song is so amazing, and you really have to listen to get the full story (and track down the complete song — one verse is cut in the radio version). "Fancy" tells the story of a poor girl named Fancy whose mother essentially pimps her out in the hopes of improving her station. Controversial but still powerful, I can't blame the mother, who wants her daughter to have more and doesn't know of another way to help her get it.

#4 Carrie Underwood – Two Black Cadillacs (Official Video)

Don't ever mess with Carrie Underwood — she will take you all the way out. She sings about retribution towards a cheating husband in this song and correctly places the blame on the man who cheats, rather than the other woman. I really appreciate seeing that because how often in media do women forgive the cheater or try to win him back while blaming the other woman for being a homewrecker? The man (or person in the relationship) is the one who made the promises — the other party owes you nothing. I digress. Anyway, the song is dark and intriguing, made more powerful by Underwood's flawless vocals.

#6 DAY 103 – Kenny Rogers – The Greatest

This is one of my absolute favorite Kenny Rogers songs. It tells the story of a boy who knows he's the greatest baseball player ever. That's it. There's not really anywhere for the story to go from there: there's no struggle, the boy is already the greatest. But you'll be on the edge of your seat the whole time.

#7 David Ball Riding With Private Malone

This song is so beautifully done, and one thing I really like is how it personalizes the people who go off to war, giving them dreams and aspirations aside from military life. The song's about a car and a soldier, and once you hear it, you'll never forget it.

#9 MARTINA MCBRIDE – INDEPENDENCE DAY LIVE

Like Reba, Martina McBride is another great storyteller, with any number of ridiculously amazing songs. I went with this because...well, this week includes Independence Day, and it's been my favorite song of hers for 20 years. It's powerful and tells the story of a woman who is finally done with being abused.

#10 Garth Brooks – The Thunder Rolls (long mix 1990)

Another song where you have to search for the missing final verse, Garth Brooks tells the story of a woman who's been cheated on and beaten down (if not physically, then emotionally) and has reached the end of her patience. It was actually a nice twist to hear a guy singing about this kind of subject matter — these songs most often are sung by women.

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