As 2019 begins, The Boot is looking back at some of the best new music and biggest headlines of the previous year. To determine the five biggest stories of each month of 2018, The Boot's staff looked at website traffic; the featured stories received the most visitors throughout the month in which they broke.

In December of 2018, Blake Shelton (and his mama!) inspired a Hallmark Christmas movie, Luke Combs got engaged, and Toby Keith collaborated with someone unexpected -- as in, "not even in music" unexpected! Read on for more of the month's biggest headlines.