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100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time

From "Blue Moon of Kentucky" to the Paisley croon of modern Nashville

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77. Martina McBride, 'Independence Day' (1994)

Songwriter Gretchen Peters wrote "Independence Day" from the point of view of an eight-year-old girl who watched her mother get abused by her alcoholic father, until her mother burns down their house. Its popularity – intrinsically tied to its subject matter – helped McBride become a spokesperson for domestic abuse awareness and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. But conservative host Sean Hannity wasn't in on the track's deeper meaning, using it as the theme song for his 2001 political radio show. "I know he [was] completely disregarding what the song's about," said Peters, "but... as long as they pay me, that gives me the wherewithal to support causes I believe in, and it all works out." By Cady Drell

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