50 Best Songs of 2012

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First Aid Kit, 'Emmylou'
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10. First Aid Kit, 'Emmylou'

"I'll be your Emmylou and I'll be your June/If you'll be my Gram and my Johnny, too," sing two Swedish sisters, name-checking country-music partnerships – Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, June Carter and Johnny Cash – in stunning harmony. Sometimes we Americans need outsiders to remind us of our awesome heritage.

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