As has been said on this blog before, the best country songs are the songs that make you feel a certain way, whether happy, sad, nostalgic, any feeling that comes along with a song (besides the one in which you want to turn it off because its so overplayed) is good.
The story of this song is heartbreaking. Told in the third person, Paisley and Krauss recount the story of a man who drinks himself to death. He was always trying to drink away his ex's memory and one night, he went too far. The story then continues to recount that the woman he loved was so overcome with guilt, she drank herself to death as well. It's a modern day Romeo & Juliet, and the acoustic and Dobro accompaniment sets up the tone of the story to be one that will make everyone feel for the characters in the lyrics. The main lyric of the chorus is "he put the bottle to his head and pulled the trigger." The imagery in that line alone puts this song so far above all other country songs. It puts all of the duets on this blog to shame. There is no better duet than this one.
Overall rating: 5 crowns