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Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' still the greatest country video

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I got sucked into CMT’s 100 Greatest Videos countdown this weekend. Anyone else? It was an update on the channel’s 2004 special, which you could tell from recent additions like Sugarland’s “Stay” (No. 10), Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” (No. 9), and Kenny Chesney’s “You Save Me” (No. 8). Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” (below) remained the No. 1 video, rightfully. I’m wondering if the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice” shouldn’t have entered the countdown higher than No. 36. The Chicks were represented in the Top 10 with “Goodbye Earl” (No. 7), so I’m not crying foul. I’m just suggesting that Natalie Maines fighting to keep her backbone is a slightly more empowering sight than Shania Twain exercising the right to bare her midriff (“Any Man of Mine” was No. 31).

After the jump, the Top 10 videos.

10. Sugarland’s “Stay”
9. Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”
8. Kenny Chesney’s “You Save Me”
7. The Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl”
6. Shania Twain’s “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)”
5. Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight”
4. Faith Hill’s “Breathe”
3. Martina McBride’s “Independence Day”
2. Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss “Whiskey Lullaby”
1. Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”