As 2018 wraps up, The Boot is looking back at some of the best new music and biggest headlines of the year. To determine the five biggest stories of each month, The Boot's staff looked at website traffic; the featured stories received the most visitors throughout the month in which they broke.

In June 2018, George Strait’s house went up for sale, country stars wowed on the CMT Music Awards red carpet, and Garth Brooks released a new single. On the more serious side, one country singer opened up about his daughter being a lesbian, while another singer dealt with his daughter’s death.