This week brings you a little something special with country music written or covered by popular rock stars. Happy listening, Friday Fivers!

1. Shameless by Billy Joel
Billy Joel wrote and recorded this song in 1989 for his Storm Front album. It was later made popular when Garth Brooks covered it in 1991.

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2. Hit the Ground by Hinder
The 2014 hit song by Hinder proves that rock and roll guitar and hard vocals can still yield country music.

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3. First Kiss by Kid Rock
The rocker dabbled in country music and classic rock with his “All Summer Long,” but the title track to his new album takes it to another level.

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4. Who Says You Can’t Go Home by Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles
From the rocker who sang about giving love a bad name, we have this fun 2005 release that captured the essence of returning to country roots.

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5. Hurt by Nine Inch Nails
In a slight departure from our country-covers list, this Nine Inch Nails original was later covered by Johnny Cash, and both artists bring home the emotions shining through in Nine Inch Nail’s lyrics.

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Photo credit: Chuck Marshall