Mandi Bierly
October 26, 2006 AT 02:00 PM EDT

I’ve read the comments on my “I Can Get You to Like… Country Music” track list, and while I still stand by the selections — which I thought would appeal to EW readers’ love of wit and, well, Kelly Clarkson — I concede that I’ve could’ve included at least one artist like Steve Earle (pictured). His song “Goodbye” literally makes me forget to breathe every time I hear it. (That ever happen to you? I guess my brain is just so focused on the sound of his voice that it forgets to function.)

But on to my point: perhaps I’ve come up with a country-fan recruiting tactic that even those of you with zero tolerance for “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” can get behind: How about showing people how universal country songs and artists can be by naming the best cross-genre cover performances you’ve ever heard? I’ll start: the White Stripes doing Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Johnny Cash taking on Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” Now you…

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