With about to come to a close, it's time to reflect on what a year it's been for country music! New artists have emerged with memorable songs, while veteran chart-toppers have proven they still know how to churn out the hits.
So, take a break from the Christmas shopping, pour a glass of eggnog, and drink a toast or 11 to our favorite tunes of the past year. It took eight months for 'Crazy Girl' to reach the country chart's penthouse, and we think it's crazy it didn't get there sooner. Regardless, the infectious love song scored the four-man band from Texas their first No. Listen to 'Crazy Girl ' Download It. But it was Kenny's version, with ethereal vocal assistance from Grace Potter , that gave it a fast ride to the Top 5. The potent chorus suggests "one is one too many, one more is never enough," which could apply to listening to the song as well.
And make that a double for its equally intoxicating, CMA award-winning video. Listen to 'You and Tequila ' Download It. As if Miranda Lambert didn't spend enough time on the charts, or in the studio, the Texas native started Pistol Annies with two of her closest girlfriends, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe.
Listen to 'Hell on Heels ' Download It. We'd bet Jake had plenty of nights celebrating this song, since it became his first No. The country heartthrob knew the title track of his third album, which reached the top of the charts as well, was a smash, but was surprised by just how successful it became. I keep telling folks, there's a difference between a hit song and a career song, and this is a career song.
Although this scorching ballad never made it on an album, it nevertheless proved an instant hit with fans thanks to the video of Jaron and Big Kenny performing the tune. Listen to 'Beautiful Lies ' Download It.
With the third single from 'Speak Now,' Taylor deviated from her usual themes of love won and lost, turning her pen on those who've done her wrong. Admitting she conceived the catchy tune on a "really, really bad day," the rumination on lies and humiliation earned Taylor a CMA award nomination for Song of the Year and Grammy nod for Best Country Solo Performance. Listen to 'Mean ' Download It. Inspired by Wyatt's own true story of failing to get the girl because of geographical and metaphorical distance, 'Colder Weather' easily became the group's sixth No.
Listen to 'Colder Weather ' Download It. The Country Hall of Famer's latest tune is one of hope and faith, inspired by something his step-kids' grandfather said upon learning bad news about his health. Vince and wife Amy Grant enlisted the help of her guitar player, Will Owsley, to pen the tune.
Tragically, Will took his own life before 'Threaten' was released earlier this year. I think this one will in turn hopefully do the same thing. It's a powerful, powerful song. Brad wrote most of 'Old Alabama' before he considered including the legendary band on the song. Realizing their epic hit, 'Mountain Music,' would be the perfect bridge, he called Alabama's lead singer, Randy Owen , and invited the group into the studio to sing on it with him. Name-checking a handful of the iconic country crooners' biggest hits, Brad sums up the experience of sharing a studio with them in one word: "mind-blowing.
Listen to 'Old Alabama ' Download It. The kind of heart-tugging tune for which she's become well-known, this song eloquently promises unwavering support for someone battling cancer. Inspired by the true story of the mother of one of the co-writers of the tune, Sonya Isaacs , Martina included celebrity cancer survivors Sheryl Crow , Hoda Kotb and Robin Roberts , plus cancer activist Katie Couric in the video.
Watch it below. Martina said she hoped the tune "will offer hope and inspiration to so many people who are going through or have been through cancer and the people who love them through it. The Latest. Top 11 Country Songs of Filed Under: Martina McBride. Categories: Lists. Back To Top.