3) TIE – “Cowboys Don’t Cry” w/Brooks & Dunn (2009, Arista Nashville)
This one’ll leave you with a lump in your throat.
Our two superstars, now having logged a combined 50+ years of hit-making, come together again to show all the young ‘uns how it’s done.
Although “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” was originally just Brooks & Dunn by themselves, Ronnie plainly admitted to the website Country Standard Time that Reba was the song’s inspiration.
“I had just spent time writing the song on Reba’s Duets record, “Does the Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma,” and when he sat down with “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” co-writer Terry McBride, Dunn said, “I was thinking of Reba when I wrote it and how she grew up.”
Reba’s father and grandfather were both champion steer ropers.
So the song exists as both Kix & Ronnie by themselves, and as a duet with Reba. It also stands as Brooks & Dunn’s 41st — and final — trip to the Top Ten.