If there is any country artist who knows the importance of a music video in one’s career, it’s Dierks Bentley. The Capitol Nashville superstar’s first video — for 2003’s “What Was I Thinkin’” — definitely turned heads and helped to set him apart from the pack. Of course, he took home the 2014 CMA video of the year trophy for his hilarious “Drunk on A Plane.” What makes a great video in Dierks’ eyes? The Grand Ole Opry member, whose recent album, Black, debuted atop the Top Country Albums chart, says it’s a mixture of water skis, fire… and maybe a tractor? Here’s a recap of his five favorite country videos of all time.
1. “Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson: “Seeing Alan in a cowboy hat and with water skis on has always cracked me up.”
3. “Hurt,” Johnny Cash: “The video was so stark and so real, and those images were so strong.”
4. “New Favorite,” Alison Krauss: “I always loved the slow motion, and it was such a rich video.”
5. “Kerosene,” Miranda Lambert: “It’s hard to beat the image of her with the fire, the white tank top and that image.”