Alan Jackson Tops CMT’s 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade

Johnny Cash's "Hurt" Ranks Second on CMT Special

Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” topped CMT’s 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade, revealed during the special’s premiere on Saturday night (Nov. 13). Inspired by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Jackson debuted the song on the 2001 CMA Awards, and it spent five weeks at No. 1 in 2002, ultimately winning a Grammy.

Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” ranked second on the list, followed by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss“Whiskey Lullaby,” Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” and Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American).” Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Lee Ann Womack also placed songs in the Top 10.

Here is the final ranking for CMT’s 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade:

1. “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning),” Alan Jackson 2. “Hurt,” Johnny Cash 3. “Whiskey Lullaby,” Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss 4. “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Carrie Underwood 5. “Courtesy of the Red, White And Blue (The Angry American),” Toby Keith 6. “The Good Stuff,” Kenny Chesney 7. “Live Like You Were Dying,” Tim McGraw 8. “You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift 9. “I Hope You Dance,” Lee Ann Womack 10. “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum 11. “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert 12. “Bless the Broken Road,” Rascal Flatts 13. “There Goes My Life,” Kenny Chesney
14. “Breathe,” Faith Hill 15. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett 16. “Somebody Like You,” Keith Urban 17. “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson 18. “Give It Away,” George Strait 19. “Red Dirt Road,” Brooks & Dunn 20. “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” Soggy Bottom Boys
21. “Drive (For Daddy Gene),” Alan Jackson
22. “Chicken Fried,” Zac Brown Band 23. “Beer for My Horses,” Toby Keith and Willie Nelson 24. “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Trace Adkins 25. “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood
26. “Three Wooden Crosses,” Randy Travis 27. “Our Song,” Taylor Swift
28. “She’s Country,” Jason Aldean 29. “Austin,” Blake Shelton 30. “Then,” Brad Paisley
31. “What Hurts The Most,” “I’m Movin’ On,” Rascal Flatts
32. “Forever and for Always,” Shania Twain 33. “Cowboy Take Me Away,” Dixie Chicks 34. “Like We Never Loved at All,” Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
35. “Believe,” Brooks & Dunn
36. “Come a Little Closer,” Dierks Bentley 37. “Stay,” Sugarland 38. “Days Go By,” Keith Urban
39. “In Color,” Jamey Johnson 40. “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” Big & Rich