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25 Best Country Songs of 2015

From Cam and Carrie Underwood to Keith Urban and Eric Church

25 Best Country Songs of 2015

Singles by Keith Urban, Cam and Eric Church rank among the 25 Best Country Songs of 2015.

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In 2015, Keith Urban saluted the undeniable influence of the artist formerly known as John Cougar, Eric Church reassured us he understood, Kelsea Ballerini demanded we show her meaningful love and Chris Stapleton traveled life's open road.

But it was Cam who set the house on fire, releasing a ballad that captured what country music does best: wring emotion out of personal experience and make it relatable to all. Here are the year's 25 best country singles.

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Cam, “Burning House”

After Cam's one-night-stand anthem "My Mistake" failed to ignite, "Burning House" caught fire — thanks in part to the support of syndicated radio host Bobby Bones, who championed the track. The extremely personal ballad, written by Cam (born Camaron Ochs), Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhasker, was inspired by Cam's dream about rescuing an ex-boyfriend from a torched building. Unlike anything else on country radio, the spare, haunting track doused any lingering bro-country machismo, entered the Top Five on the charts (where it's still climbing) and earned Cam her first Grammy nomination. It also captured the natural confidence that defines that California-raised singer-songwriter. Instead of the usual somebody-done-me-wrong woes, she is the one who has delivers the lethal romantic blow as she yearns to "take what's lost and broke and make it right." Even hearing it now, six months after its initial release, "Burning House" still brings the heat. M.N.

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