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Decade in Review: My Top 100 Country Music Songs from 2008-2018

December 31, 2018

On Twitter, I said a few weeks ago that it might be fun to pull together a list of my Top 100 songs of the past decade. Little did I know, that I would actually do it.

It sounded like fun and, well, there has been A LOT of good (albeit it diverse) music in the past 10 years.

So, let’s take a trip down memory lane.

Now, let me preface this list as I always do.

  • I’m not a professional music reviewer.
  • I don’t get paid to promote artists.
  • I don’t go by Billboard or radio airplay charts.

This list consists of the top 100 songs that I liked dating back to 2008. The songs that I wanted to come on my radio while driving to and from work, on a road trip, or when I was just sitting at home. Note that not all songs may be “traditional country”. I listen to all genre’s of music, so I have no issues with country artists who play “non-traditional” country. To me…music is music. If I like it, I’m going to listen to it (and enjoy it).

By the way, my three kids had input into this list so some songs might have ended up higher than I might have put them myself.

Also, you’ll notice that a lot of mainstream, radio hits by major artists are not included. No reason except for the fact that my list is not based on how famous you are. Simple as that. It’s the songs that I love (but please feel free to sway me in your direction if I left a song off).

You probably heard some of these songs every hour (on the hour) on your local country station. Others may not have been played much (if at all) when they should have been, in my own, personal opinion.

Either way, I’m sure that I’m going to leave quite a few songs off this list that could have easily made it. I know this going in and expect each and every one of you to say “hey, what about this song…or that song.” Please do.

Fight for the music and artists that YOU love!!!!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go through each entry and provide detailed background on the song, reasons for it’s placement, etc…But, feel free to leave a comment and I’d be happy to respond.

Now, without further ado, let’s get this party started:

100. “Girl Next Door“, Brandy Clark

99. “American Outlaw“, Halfway to Hazard

98. “From a Table Away“, Sunny Sweeney

97. “Good Hands“, Troy Olsen

96. “It Feels Good“, Drake White

95. “I Still Miss You“, Keith Anderson

94. “Already Gone“, Sugarland

93. “She Won’t Be Lonely Long“, Clay Walker

92. “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)“, Gary Allan

91. “Love is a Beautiful Thing“, Phil Vassar

90. “It’s America“, Rodney Atkins

89. “Bottoms Up“, Brantley Gilbert

88. “Drink to That All Night“, Jerrod Niemann

87. “Trailer Hitch“, Kristian Bush

86. “Back When I Knew it All“, Montgomery Gentry

85. “Greatest Love Story“, LANco

84. “Hole in a Bottle“, Canaan Smith

83. “Carolina“, Parmalee

82. “All Country on You“, Austin Webb

81. “Biscuits”, Kacey Musgraves

80. “Middle of America“, Will Hoge

79. “Country“, Mo Pitney

78. “All Over the Road“, Easton Corbin

77. “Song for Another Time“, Old Dominion

76. “Young & Crazy“, Frankie Ballard

75. “The One That Got Away“, Jake Owen

74. “Compass“, Lady Antebellum

73. “Rockin the Beer Gut“, Trailer Choir

72. “Love Don’t Run“, Steve Holy

71. “Wild at Heart“, Gloriana

70. “Parking Lot Party“, Lee Brice

69. “Dance With Ya“, Drew Baldridge

68. “Didn’t I“, James Wesley

67. “Keep Them Kisses Comin“, Craig Campbell

66. “If I Didn’t Have You“, Thompson Square

65. “See You Tonight“, Scotty McCreery

64. “It Ain’t My Fault“, Brothers Osborne

63. “Cowboys and Angels“, Dustin Lynch

62. “Backroad Song“, Granger Smith

61. “Anything Goes“, Florida Georgia Line

60. “Outta Style“, Aaron Watson

59. “From the Ground Up“, Dan & Shay

58. “Drinkin’ Problem“, Midland

57. “Long Way Back“, Hillbilly Vegas

56. “Even Angels Have Bad Days“, Cash Creek

55. “How ‘Bout You Don’t“, The Lost Trailers

54. “Burning House“, Cam

53. “Mean“, Taylor Swift

52. “You Broke Up With Me“, Walker Hayes

51. “Small Town USA“, Justin Moore

50. “Hey Pretty Girl“, Kip Moore

49. “All Summer Long“, Kid Rock

48. “Looking Back Now“, Maggie Rose

47. “What We Ain’t Got“, Jake Owen

46. “What Kinda Gone“, Chris Cagle

45. “Up All Night“, Jon Pardi

44. “How Country Feels“, Randy Houser

43. “If I Die Young“, The Band Perry

42. “When it Rains it Pours“, Luke Combs

41. “Redneck Crazy“, Tyler Farr

40. “Angel Eyes”, Love and Theft

39. “American Kids“, Kenny Chesney

38. “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight“, Cole Swindell

37. “Every Little Thing“, Carly Pearce

36. “Dirt Road Anthem“, Jason Aldean

35. “Saltwater Gospel“, Eli Young Band

34. “May We All“, Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw

33. “People Are Crazy“, Billy Currington

32. “American Saturday Night“, Brad Paisley

31. “Crash and Burn“, Thomas Rhett

30. “Where It’s At“, Dustin Lynch

29. “Friday Night“, Eric Paslay

28. “Girl Crush“, Little Big Town

27. “Little Bit of You“, Chase Bryant

26. “Wasting All These Tears“, Cassadee Pope

25. “Homegrown“, Zac Brown Band

24. “House Party“, Sam Hunt

23. “Drunk Girl“, Chris Janson

22. “Better Man“, Little Big Town

21. “Drink in my Hand“, Eric Church

20. “Hooked Up“, James Wesley

19. “Out Last Night“, Kenny Chesney

18. “My Church“, Maren Morris

17. “Die a Happy Man“, Thomas Rhett

16. “Beers Ago“, Toby Keith

15. “Welcome to the Future“, Brad Paisley

14. “Roots“, Zac Brown Band

13. “She’s with Me“, High Valley

12. “Country Man“, Luke Bryan

11. “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart“, Old Dominion

10. “Drunk on a Plane“, Dierks Bentley

9. “Beat of the Music“, Brett Eldredge

8. “Wagon Wheel“, Darius Rucker

7. “I Hold On“, Dierks Bentley

6. “Keep in Mind“, LoCash

5. “Stay a Little Longer“, Brothers Osborne

4. “Smoke“, A Thousand Horses

3. “Real“, James Wesley

2. “Cruise“, Florida Georgia Line

1. “Even if it Breaks Your Heart“, Eli Young Band

 

Well that’s it. My Top 100 of the past decade.

Where did I hit the nail on the head? Where did the arrow miss the mark?

I want to hear from you!

Let me know in the comments below!

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Year in Review: My Top 100 Country Music Songs of 2018

December 9, 2018

It’s that time of year again where I like to take a quick look at my favorite country music songs of the year. We’re just about to the end, so now is as good a time as any, right?

Now, let me preface this list as I always do.

  • I’m not a professional music reviewer.
  • I don’t get paid to promote artists.
  • I don’t go by Billboard or radio airplay charts.

This list consists of the top 100 songs that I liked in 2018. The songs that I wanted to come on my radio while driving to and from work, on a road trip, or when I was just sitting at home. Note that not all songs may be “traditional country”. I listen to all genre’s of music, so I have no issues with country artists who play “non-traditional” country. To me…music is music. If I like it, I’m going to listen to it (and enjoy it).

By the way, my three kids had input into this list so some songs might have ended up higher than I might have put them myself. But hey…I value their opinions!

Also, you’ll notice that a lot of mainstream, radio hits by major artists are not included. No reason except for the fact that my list is not based on how famous you are. Simple as that. It’s the songs that I love (but please feel free to sway me in your direction if I left a song off).

You probably heard some of these songs every hour (on the hour) on your local country station. Others may not have been played much (if at all) when they should have been, in my own, personal opinion. Also, while some of these songs may have come out in late 2017, and may have even landed a low spot on my wrap up of the year, they were ones that were predominantly played (if they made the radio) in the 2018 calendar year.

Others may be primed for success next year so keep your ears open!

Either way, I’m sure that I’m going to leave quite a few songs off this list that could have easily made it. I know this going in and expect each and every one of you to say “hey, what about this song…or that song.” Please do.

Fight for the music and artists that YOU love!!!!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go through each entry and provide detailed background on the song, reasons for it’s placement, etc…But, feel free to leave a comment and I’d be happy to respond.

Now, without further ado, let’s get this party started:

100. “Old Fashioned“, The Springs

99. “Three Coors and the Truth“, 17 Memphis

98. “Clockwork“, Cody Wolfe

97. “Cure“, Wild Fire

96. “When It Comes to Loving You“, Jon Langston

95. “Worth It“, Danielle Bradbery

94. “High Note“, Haley & Michaels

93. “Don’t Get Better Than That“, LoCash

92. “Town You Never Heard Of“, Eric Burgett

91. “Fall Crazy“, Phil Vassar

90. “Meet Me in Vegas“, Halfway to Hazard

89. “Just Say You Love Me“, Hillbilly Vegas

88. “I Can’t Wait“, Cash Creek

87. “Gentle Man“, Drew Baldridge

86. “Call Your Momma“, Seth Ennis featuring Little Big Town

85. “Drunk People“, Chris Lane

84. “Day Drunk“, Morgan Evans

83. “Color Blind“, Trae Edwards

82. “Eyes on You“, Chase Rice

81. “Rollin“, Jackson Michelson

80. “Lonely for You Only“, Midland

79. “On My Way to You“, Cody Johnson

78. “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)“, Jake Owen

77. “Goodbye Summer“, Danielle Bradbery and Thomas Rhett

76. “Mercy“, Brett Young

75. “Hooked“, Dylan Scott

74. “Space Cowboy“, Kacey Musgraves

73. “Hands on You“, Ashley Monroe

72. “Caught Up in the Country“, Rodney Atkins

71. “Lose It“, Kane Brown

70. “The Difference“, Tyler Rich

69. “Bring Your Love Back“, Brandon Ray

68. “Blue Tacoma“, Russell Dickerson

67. “Tailgate“, RaeLynn

66. “Love You Too Late“, Cole Swindell

65. “Last Shot“, Kip Moore

64. “Dear Life“, High Valley

63. “Woman, Amen“, Dierks Bentley

62. “I Hate Love Songs“, Kelsea Ballerini

61. “All on Me“, Devin Dawson

60. “Buy My Own Drinks“, Runaway June

59. “Must Be the Whiskey“, Cody Jinks

58. “One That Got Away“, Michael Ray

57. “Love Wins“, Carrie Underwood

56. “Under the Influence“, Cloverdayle

55. “Growin’ Up“, Walker McGuire

54. “All Day Long“, Garth Brooks

53. “The Long Way“, Brett Eldredge

52. “Written in the Sand“, Old Dominion

51. “Another One Just Like That“, Michael Beck

50. “U-Turn“, Ryan Scripps

49. “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright“, David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney

48. “Kiss Somebody“, Morgan Evans

47. “Born Ready“, Steve Moakler

46. “One Number Away“, Luke Combs

45. “Rich“, Maren Morris

44. “Need to Breathe“, Love and Theft

43. “This Town is Killing Me“, Caitlyn Smith

42. “All Out“, Haley & Michaels

41. “Working on Me“, Clay Walker

40. “Feels Like a Party“, LoCash

39. “Got My Name Changed Back“, Pistol Annies

38. “Born to Love You“, LANCO

37. “Whole Lot in Love“, Austin Burke

36. “Desperate Man“, Eric Church

35. “Whiskey Glasses“, Morgan Wallen

34. “Nothin’ That a Shot Won’t Fix“, Kari Lynch

33. “Break Up in the End“, Cole Swindell

32. “Criminal“, Lindsay Ell

31. “What Whiskey Does“, Randy Houser

30. “Night Shift“, Jon Pardi

29. “One Man Army“, A Thousand Horses

28. “Cry Pretty“, Carrie Underwood

27. “Hide the Wine“, Carly Pearce

26. “You’re In It“, Granger Smith

25. “Far From Ugly“, Stephanie Quayle

24. “Drunk Me“, Mitchell Tenpenny

23. “Make Him Wait“, Abby Anderson

22. “Sleeves“, Jake Rose

21. “Wonder Woman“, Waterloo Revival

20. “Singles You Up“, Jordan Davis

19. “She Got the Best of Me“, Luke Combs

18. “Tequila“, Dan + Shay

17. “Life Changes“, Thomas Rhett

16. “There Was This Girl“, Riley Green

15. “Shoot Me Straight“, Brothers Osborne

14. “You Won’t See Me Cry“, Cash Creek

13. “Mr. 3 a.m.“, Kaylee Starr

12. “High Horse“, Kacey Musgraves

11. “Girl Going Nowhere“, Ashley McBryde

10. “Love Ain’t“, Eli Young Band

9. “Best Shot“, Jimmie Allen

8. “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs“, Travis Denning

7. “Movin’ On“, Muscadine Bloodline

6. “Better Me“, Montgomery Gentry

5. “Burning Man“, Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne

4. “Diane“, Cam

3. “Hotel Key“, Old Dominion

2. “You Broke Up With Me“, Walker Hayes

1. “Drunk Girl“, Chris Janson

 

Well that’s it. My Top 100 of 2018!

Where did I hit the nail on the head? Where did the arrow miss the mark?

I want to hear from you!

Let me know in the comments below!