Sony Music Special Products' No. 1 Country Stars, Vol. 3 contains a selection of ten hits culled from the Columbia and Epic vaults. The only thing tying all these songs together is the fact that they topped the country charts, but with songs as strong as Willie Nelson's "City of New Orleans," Ricky Van Shelton's "I'll Leave This World Loving You" and "Somebody Lied," Janie Fricke's "Always Have, Always Will," Rosanne Cash's "The Way We Make a Broken Heart," Rodney Crowell's "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried," Exile's "She's a Miracle," and Merle Haggard's "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star" and "That's the Way Love Goes," that's enough to make for a first-rate budget-line collection.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine