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

 

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5 Comments on “Year in Review: My Top 100 Country Music Songs of 2018”


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  2. Linda Arnold Says:

    YES We Love Chris Jansons #DrunkGirl We Saw It Live Many Times #YouCanFeelThePowerInTheRoom When Chris Performs It , Some Stare ,Some Stream Tears, Most Sing Along, But #Everybody Feels It

  3. William Says:

    Hit the nail – Travis Denning. So talented.

    Missed the mark – Cody Wolfe. Absolute garbage, no talent, terrible human being.

  4. Kreuzer33 Says:

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