Let me start off by saying this is 100% opinion based. I’ve listened to A LOT of country music over the last 365 days, and narrowed it down to my six favourites.
Here we go!
6. Maren Morris – My Church
Originally I was only going to do a “Top 5”, but I needed this song in my countdown. It is impossible to NOT belt out the chorus to Maren Morris’ debut single.
“Country music is my religion in a way. That’s what I grew up listening to. When you think about Johnny Cash’s ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ and Hank Williams — where do I even begin with his catalog? — it’s church to me. And I know it is for a lot of other people, too.”, said Morris.
5. Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man
Every country fan enjoys a good love song right? I feel guilty not having this song higher on the list. Rhett became the first artist to spend six weeks at #1 in nearly a decade. (Taylor Swift in 2007 with “Our Song”.) It was released in late 2015, but most of the chart success came in early 2016.
CMA Single Of The Year. Enough said.
4. Justin Moore- You Look Like I Need A Drink
The title just screams “Real Country” doesn’t it?
Try listening to this song without cranking it up. A great play-on-words and flat out one of the best “country” songs in a while. Need I say more?
3. Jon Pardi – Head Over Boots
Country fans of all ages love this song!
“I came up with that idea at a Texas dancehall. I was down there and watching people dance around — old couples and young couples. I wanted to have that song that people could dance to.”, said Pardi.
Even I would two-step to this song! (And I can’t dance.)
2. Tim McGraw- Humble And Kind
Tim McGraw has had some massive songs in his career, but I’m not sure if any had the impact of this one. Lori Mckenna wrote this song for her kids and McGraw took it and made it HUGE. A song we can all learn from regardless of our beliefs.
Tim actually had the song for years, but said he had to wait until the right time to record it. “I cried through every take.”, said McGraw.
1. Eric Church – Record Year
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me. I could listen to this song 1000 times and not get sick of it.
Church is a lyrical genius. The song’s lead character tunes out the heartache and pain of a breakup with a record collection stacked with some of the music’s most iconic names, albums and songs.
What do you think? Am I missing any? There were some really great songs in 2016. Hopefully more great music to look forward to in 2017.
Happy New Year!
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