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by Cyndi Hoelzle

November 4, 2013

25 Years of CMA Song of the Year

by Cyndi Hoelzle  |  November 4, 2013

In a format that boasts "It all begins with a song" (the motto of the Nashville Songwriters Association International), country music has always relied on story and emotion to grab listeners. Each year the Country Music Association declares one song to be the Song of the Year. Last year's award was the night's most emotional moment, as Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton claimed the prize for "Over You," a ballad they wrote about the death of Blake's brother. On November 6 we will find out who wins this year's Song of the Year; to tide ourselves over until then, we've compiled a playlist of the winners from the last 25 years. The songs are classic and timeless (well, maybe not "80's Ladies," which remains firmly entrenched in its era).

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