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My top 50 videos of 2011: #30 - #26

Okay, so we've had a lot of great artists and videos featured so far and now it's time for a whole new batch of people as we head into the 20s. But we can't get there until we finish the 30s, now can we? I feel like I usually have more to say at this point, but I think I'm just going to jump back in.

My top 50 videos of 2011: #35 - #31

Before I go into the next batch of videos, I just wanted to post the links to the previous blogs in the countdown. You can of course find them all just by scrolling down, but I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to put them in here too.

Videos #50 - #46: Videos #45 - #41: Videos #40 - #36:

My top 50 videos of 2011: #40 - #36

Well, it looks like the men of country music are going to continue their dominance over this countdown by the look of the next five videos. There's only one woman in this group and that would be LeAnn Rimes. I'm not sure what's going with that, but who knows? There's still a lot of videos left so maybe the girls will regain control. Ultimately good music is good music and a good video is a good video no matter who sings it. And who sings the songs in this part of the countdown? Well I'm happy you asked. You know one of them, but we're not talking about her just yet.

My top 50 videos of 2011: #45 - #41

So let's see, four out of five of the first videos in this countdown were done by women with Rodney Atkins and the sole male artist represented. What's interesting to me is that this time it's the men who are dominating. There are two women artists featured this time, but both are the duet partner of a man - Gary LeVox and Kenny Chesney to  be precise. Which, if you know your country videos, means that you now know two of the five videos featured in this portion of my countdown. But I'll get to them later.

My top 50 videos of 2011: #50 - #46

So yeah, in sitting year and reviewing all of the videos in this first batch, I want to start off by giving a virtual shout out to all of the people involved in making all of these videos. 2011 was a great year for country music and a great year for videos. There are so many talented directors in this field and more arriving on the scene all the time. This list features videos by the more famous directors like Trey Fanjoy, Shaun Silva and Deaton-Flanigen and some directors I had never heard of until I came up with my list like Brian Lazzaro, Potsy Ponciroli and Mason Dixon just to name a few. We wouldn't have videos at all if it weren't for all them and all of their crews and how sad a world would it be if we didn't have these videos. I've discovered so many artists by seeing their videos on TV and I believe that the music video is one of the most important tools an artist has. The right music video can help to catapult an artist or a song into super stardom, in my opi…

Narrowing the videos down to 50

So before I start counting down my top 50 videos, I thought I'd write a bit about what I'm looking for and how I narrowed the field down from over 120 videos to 50. I was going through and making a list of all the videos that came out in 2011 and could not believe how many there were! It didn't take too long for me to figure out that I couldn't possibly put all of them on the list or I'd be doing this forever. So I decided to mostly stick to artists that were the most likely to be known by the average country fan. Some are country music superstars and others are just starting to get their name out there, but they all are pretty close to what I'd consider to be pretty mainstream. As in people whose videos are the most likely to be shown on CMT and GAC. So that's how the original list came together, a list made up of 123 videos.

What this blog's about

My name is Kim and I love country music.

Well to be totally honest, I love music in general. It's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was lucky in that I got to go to a lot of music related events growing up - concerts, musicals, stuff like that. The first concert that I remember going to was Gloria Estefan, though I remember very little about the show. The first country concert I remember going to was to see Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. My favorite part of the show?Watching Reba perform "Fancy". I remember she wore a long coat for most of the song and then there was some sort of trick they did with the lights that blocked her out for a second or two and when you could see her again, she was in a red dress. Much more theatrical and cool than it sounds, I promise. I wouldn't say that I was a full on country fan at that point - I didn't mind going to the shows or listening to it, but it would be some years before I reached full on fan status.