Yee-haw! Sean’s top ten recent country songs


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Howdy! Ahhh, country music. I love it, and a lot of people hate it. Bash it all you want, but please give each one of these songs a chance. I am not trying to convert you to the countryside; I just want to enlighten you on the wild side.

#10) “Most People are Good” –  Luke Bryan

We are starting this list off with an amazing song. This song was released in Jan. of 2018, and it reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay Chart for the week of Mar. 31, 2018. It also peaked at number four on Hot Country Songs on Apr. 28, 2018. As of Aug. of 2018, the song has sold over 309,000 copies in the United States. When I first heard the song, I fell in love with it. The song has such an uplifting message, saying that there is more goodness in the world than negativity.

Favorite Line: “I believe that days go slow and years go fast and every breath is a gift, the first one to the last.”

#9) “Kiss Somebody” – Morgan Evans

Next on the list is “Kiss Somebody.” Australian singer-songwriter Morgan Evans released “Kiss Somebody” in July of 2017. It was Evans’s first single to be released to country radio in the United States, where it reached the top three on the Billboard Country Airplay and top 20 on the Hot Country Songs charts. The first time I heard it on the radio, I loved it; then, I watched the music video, and it made me love the song even more. It has such a good beat and a message of taking a chance with someone, to get the guts to talk to someone.

Favorite Line: “Sometimes you try to fix somebody / Just to find out they’ll never change / So you go out and meet somebody / That makes you feel the way you thought you’d never feel again.”

#8) “Heaven” – Kane Brown

Next on the list is “Heaven” by Kane Brown. The song reached number one on the Country Airplay chart, dated May 19, 2018, becoming Brown’s second number one on the chart. It also reached number two on the Hot Country Songs chart. It has sold 690,000 copies in the United States as of January 2019. I really love this song because it values living in the moment with the ones you love. It has a great beat, and Kane Brown’s voice is so magical. If you watch him sing, he looks so effortless.

Favorite Line: “Lying next to you, in this bed with you, I ain’t convinced ’Cause, I don’t know how, I don’t know how heaven, heaven Could be better than this”

#7) “Break Up in a Small Town” – Sam Hunt

Number seven on the list is “Break up in a Small Town” by Sam Hunt. The song debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at number 30 for the week of Aug. 30, 2014.  The song eventually climbed to the number two spot on the Hot Country Songs chart. There is just something about this song that I love. The balance of the beat, as well as the mixture of singing and talking just makes this song so good and unique.    

Favorite line: “But there’s only so many streets, so many lights / I swear it’s like I can’t even leave my house / I should’ve known all along / You gotta move or move on / When you break up in a small town.”

#6) “Beautiful Crazy” – Luke Combs

Number six on the list is “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs. On the Hot Country Songs chart on May 19, 2018, “Beautiful Crazy” debuted at number six. It then reached number one on the Country Airplay chart on Mar. 3, 2019. This song has a slow beat, but the words make up for it. The words are powerful, declaring we all have our insanities, and those insanities might be what makes us beautiful.

Favorite Line: “Beautiful, crazy, she can’t help but amaze me / The way that she dances, ain’t afraid to take chances / And wears her heart on her sleeve.

#5) “Simple” – Florida Georgia Line

Next on the list is “Simple” debuted at number 24 on the Country Airplay chart on its release of June 1, 2018. It peaked at number on Country Airplay in Oct. 2018. The song has sold 367,000 copies in the United States as of Jan. 2019. The title of this song explains how life should be simple with the ones you love.

Favorite line: “The way your fingers fit in mine / It’s five plus five, not rocket science / This day in time, that’s hard to find / It’s true / The road we’re on ain’t a traffic jam / It’s a Sunday drive on a piece of land / It’s paradise as long as I’m with you.”

#4) Shoe Shopping – Old Dominion

Coming in at number four is “Shoe Shopping” by Old Dominion. Released in August of 2017.

The album the song was featured on debuted at number one on Top Country Albums, selling 31,000 copies. The album also debuted on Billboard 200 at number seven, and it has sold 107,400 copies in the US as of February 2019. This song has such a good beat. The lyrics are amazing. The whole song goes around the idea of learning about other people, and the utilize “shoes” represent the people. For example, Old Dominion sing, “Some make you feel good for a little while / And then you throw ’em away / Some are up on a shelf for some other time / Some are high dollar, some ain’t worth a dime / But you keep ’em anyway.” This so truly represents relationships and how some people go through shoes like they go through relationships.

Favorite line: “If you’re shoe shopping, walk a mile with me / Slip a Cinderella slipper right on your feet / Take my arm, strut down the street tonight.”

#3) “Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett

At number three is Thomas Rhett’s “Life Changes.” “Life Changes” was released as the fourth single on Rhett’s third studio album, Life Changes, on Apr. 16, 2018. The song has sold 189,000 copies in the United States as of October 2018. I absolutely love this song. It has so much heart and passion, and Rhett’s singing style is amazing. This song plays around with the sing-talking concept. The song is based on his life, so you get to hear his life in under four minutes. This song has never gotten old for me.

Favorite Line:
“I bought a ring and she said ‘I do’ / But everybody else said, ‘Man, you’re twenty-two.’ ‘Whatcha trying to prove?’ / ‘Hey why don’t you wait?’ / ‘Cause I’ve been waiting on her since the second grade yeah.

#2) “Speechless” – Dan + Shay

Number two on the list is “Speechless,”by Dan + Shay. “Speechless” debuted at number 30 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated June 2, 2018, and reached number one on the chart dated Dec. 1, 2018. It was the duo’s first number one on that chart. Later, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated Sept. 22, 2018 at number 95, and peaked at number 24 in January of 2019. “Speechless” has sold 362,000 copies in the United States as of March 2019. This song is so good. The lyrics are just beautiful. It truly embodies the the butterflies in your stomach that you get when seeing their significant other looking as great as they do.

Favorite line:

“You say you’ll be down in five / The smell of your perfume is floating down the stairs / You’re fixing up your hair like you do / I know that I’ll be a mess / The second that I see you / You won’t be surprised / It happens every time / It’s nothing new.”

#1) “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett

We are at number one, “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett. The song peaked at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart on Feb. 17, 2018, where it stayed for 6 weeks. It reached number one on Country Airplay for charts dated Mar. 10, 2018. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) on Mar. 13, 2018, and has sold 451,000 copies in the United States as of June 2018. This song literally could never get old. It just shows so much love and passion.The song make you think that your perfect one is out there, and it encourages the listener to take chances and go for the one you should truly be with; that the wedding should be great, and you should marry your true love. Also, the music video for this song is heart wrenching but, it is soooooo good.

Favorite Line:

I remember the night when I almost kissed her / Yeah, I kinda freaked out, we’d been friends for forever  / And I always wondered if she felt the same way / When I got the invite, I knew it was too late.”