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 October of 2018, Garth Brooks revealed some truly massive tour plans, Miranda Lambert showed Pistol Annies fans -- one in particular especially -- that she means business, and the country music community paused to reflect on a somber anniversary.

Other big highlights of the month? A major album release, and a big win for those in the music industry.