Country music has a unique ability to bring people together through song and tackle hard topics from suicide to child abuse to freedom around the world. We took the time to find 10 songs that define the human condition and prove to listeners that life is full of ups and downs. It's one long ride (if you're lucky) and the people we meet along the way are there to help guide you through.

On this list: Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, The Dixie Chicks (now The Chicks), Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, Tim McGraw and the band Alabama.

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