The Best Country Music Videos of 2016

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It’s been a great year for country music, and these are the best country music videos of 2016.

Luke Bryan- “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

This feel-good video from superstar Luke Bryan celebrates the simple life and those who love spending time outdoors doing the things they love most. The video features beautiful shots of nature as well as some playful hijinks from Bryan and his friends. It’s impossible to watch this video without smiling.

Keith Urban- “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

This soulful ballad has Keith Urban at his best. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is a mid-tempo track about being in love with somebody who is taken. The lyrics are full of longing and desperation, and Urban’s voice is the perfect instrument to carry the emotional weight of the song. The music video is minimalistic, but it perfectly captures the feeling of the song.Urban is shown in a dark room, with blue light streaming in from a window. He’s alone in the room, but he’s not alone in his thoughts. The video ends with Urban walking out of the room and into the light, as if he’s finally decided to let go of the person he loves.

Carrie Underwood- “Dirty Laundry”

“Dirty Laundry” is a song composed by Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and David Garcia. It was released on October 11, 2016, as the lead single from Underwood’s sixth studio album, Storyteller. The song reached number one on the Country Airplay chart in February 2017, making it Underwood’s sixteenth consecutive number-one on that chart.

The song’s music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and released on November 14, 2016. The video features Underwood in various scenarios where she is being taunted or belittled by others. In the end, she takes revenge on her tormentors.

Florida Georgia Line- “H.O.L.Y.”

Since their breakout debut album in 2012, Florida Georgia Line have been cranking out hit after hit, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most popular country groups of the past decade. “H.O.L.Y.”, the lead single from their 2016 album Dig Your Roots, is a perfect example of the duo’s catchy blend of country, pop, and rock. The song was a huge success, reaching #1 on both the US Country chart and the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The accompanying music video is just as enjoyable as the song itself, set in a beautiful natural landscape that reflects the lyrics about finding love and feeling blessed. The video features Florida Georgia Line’s charming personalities shine through as they playfully interact with each other and the attractive female lead. Ultimately, it’s a fun and sexy visual that perfectly captures the spirit of the song.

Blake Shelton- “Came Here to Forget”

“Came Here to Forget” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Blake Shelton. It was released to radio on March 8, 2016 as the lead single from his tenth studio album, If I’m Honest. The song first premiered on Shelton’s Snapchat account on February 29, 2016. It was written by Shelton, Ashley Gorley and Craig Wiseman.

The song is about two people going to a bar in order to forget about their previous relationships. Despite this, they eventually fall for each other. In the chorus, Shelton sings that he “came here to forget / her heartbreak and my loneliness.”

The music video for “Came Here to Forget” was directed by RT! and premiered on Vevo on March 16, 2016. The video stars Gwen Stefani as Shelton’s love interest.

Tim McGraw- “Humble and Kind”

McGraw’s video, shot entirely in black-and-white, perfectly channels the spirit of the song with its depiction of various acts of kindness.

Dierks Bentley- “Different for Girls”

Dierks Bentley’s “Different For Girls” video is one of the best country music videos of 2016. The video stars Bentley’s daughter, Evie, and her friend, Jordan. The girls are shown going through the ups and downs of adolescence while Bentley provides the soundtrack with his song.

The video is touching, funny, and ultimately empowering for girls everywhere. It’s a must-see for anyone who loves country music or wants to see a great father-daughter relationship in action.

Maren Morris- “My Church”

Maren Morris’ “My Church” was one of the best country music videos of 2016. The video starts with Morris driving down a dirt road in a classic car. She then arrives at a deserted church where she begins to sing. The video is simple, but it is very effective in conveying the message of the song.

Brooks & Dunn- “Reboot”

“Reboot” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music duo Brooks & Dunn. It was released in March 2019 as the lead single from their album Reboot, which was their first album in ten years. The song features country rap artist Kix Brooks rapping, which he had never done before on one of their tracks. The song’s lyrics are about getting back to one’s roots.

Upon its release, “Reboot” received positive reviews from critics who praised Brooks’ rap performance and the song’s catchy hook. The song peaked at number one on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts, marking Brooks & Dunn’s 26th and 27th number-one hits on those charts respectively. The song also won the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Thomas Rhett- “Die a Happy Man”

Directed by TK McKamy, “Die a Happy Man” was filmed in Los Angeles and features Rhett’s wife, Lauren, as the love interest. The video tells the story of a young couple in love, with Rhett singing the song to his wife while they are sitting in a restaurant.

The video was nominated for four CMT Music Awards, winning two, including Male Video of the Year and Video of the Year. It was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video.

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