Top Ten Country Songs I'll Admit Listening To
I've said more than once that I'll listen to anything good, though some songs I consider good might not be on your list! I've pretty much only written about hard rock and heavy metal on HubPages, so I decided to write up a slightly different kind of list.
If you're from the South (I'm from Virginia), you likely have heard at least a million and one country songs whether you liked them or not. In the last couple of decades, the genre has broken out of the Southern states and turned up in some pretty unusual places. There's a few country singers from other countries (Keith Urban) and Hootie himself is making country records.
I decided to make a list of the top ten fairly recent country music songs that I like. I say recent because if I went back to Hank Sr and Johnny Cash all the way through Garth Brooks and Randy Travis I'd be here all night. I have to sleep sometime.
I would note here that, although I love me some women in rock, when it comes to country (at least modern country), I prefer male singers. No disrespect to Patsy Cline, Reba or JoDee Messina, but today's female country music singers quite frankly piss me off. Carrie Underwood should be ashamed of herself for encouraging jilted women to commit acts of vandalism thereby requiring community service as penance at the very least. Don't hate. I just don't dig chicks singing country music.
Here are my top ten country songs that I'll admit listening to - in no particular order.
10. Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins—"Hillbilly Bone"
Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins.
Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton.
And a hillbilly bone, bone, bone, bone, bone, bone.
This is a classic "we don't care where you're from, you're okay with us" song. And these guys do a heck of a job with it.
"Yeah I got a friend from New York City / He's never heard of Conway Twitty / Don't know nothing bout grits and greens, never been south of Queens / but he flew down here on a business trip / I took him honky-tonking and that was it / he took to it like a pig to mud, cow to cud."
The song is on the 2008 EP of the same name and was number one on the Billboard US Country Singles chart. How could it not be?
Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins Hillbilly Bone Official Music Video
9. Zac Brown Band—"Chicken Fried"
The Zac Brown Band has put out a lot of awesome music. The thing I like most about them is that the songs are heartfelt, and not very similar to a lot of what some people call "pop country." (Listen to Pop Country Really Sucks by Hank III if you don't know what I mean.)
"You know I like my chicken fried / A cold beer on a Friday night / A pair of jeans that fit just right / And the radio up."
Chicken Fried, which did reach number one on the Billboard US Country Music Chart, is one of several songs from their 2008 album that could have made this list. The Foundation is one of the few country albums I actually own in its entirety. But Chicken Fried is all about what it's like to be from the South. It's not just geography, it's a way of life.
Zac Brown Band Chicken Fried Official Music Video (Long Version)
8. Tim McGraw—"Live Like You Were Dying"
This song has meant a lot to me for a long time. Like most country singers, I don't know a lot about Tim McGraw, but I hope he wrote this song himself because he sure owns it.
He said "I went skydiving / I went Rocky Mountain climbing / I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu / And I loved deeper / And I spoke sweeter / And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying" / And he said / "Someday I hope you get the chance / To live like you were dying."
Live Like You Were Dying is also the title of the 2004 album which contains this track. The song went to number one on the Billboard US Country Music Chart.
If you know where I can find a bull named Fu Manchu, please let me know!
I once sang this to my little brother in a Shoney's and he tried to crawl under the table. Any time you can embarrass your little brother in public is cause for celebration.
Tim McGraw Live Like You Were Dying Official Music Video
7. Steve Holy—"Brand New Girlfriend"
This is one of those "Wait... Did he just say what I think he did?" songs. His girlfriend wants to take some time apart. What does he do? Read the title people, and listen to the song.
"Playin' kissy-kissy, smoochy-smoochy / Talkin' mooshy-mooshy 'bout nothin' / Man, I think I'm on to somethin' / Ya know I feel just like a kid again / I got a brand new girlfriend."
Brand New Girlfriend is from Holy's 2006 album of the same name. The song did reach number one on the Billboard US Country Songs chart, but it took 36 weeks to get there making it the "slowest climb to #1 by a country single since Billboard started using Nielsen SoundScan data in 1990." (from Wikipedia.com)
Steve Holy Brand New Girlfriend Official Music Video
6. Craig Morgan—"Redneck Yacht Club"
Yes, rednecks really do this. Any place where we can get together with a few brews and some music is a party. We don't care who you are, where you're from or what you do. You can even bring some of your highfalutin' beer. We'll thank you for it!
"Side by side there's five houseboat front porches, astro turf, lawn chairs and tiki torches - regular Joes, rockin' the boat - that's us. The redneck yacht club."
From the 2005 album My Kind of Livin', Redneck Yacht Club peaked at number two on the Billboard US Country Songs chart and will likely be played every summer for generations.
Craig Morgan Redneck Yacht Club Official Music Video
5. Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss—"Whiskey Lullaby"
This song is so damned sad, but it's not a "my wife left me and took the dog and boy I really miss the dog" kind of sad. I don't want to give it away in case you haven't heard it, but Paisley and Krauss together make some kind of magic. Seriously.
"We found him with his face down in the pillow / With a note that says I’ll love her till I die / And when we buried him beneath the willow / The angels sang a whiskey lullaby."
This is from Paisley's 2008 album Mud on the Tires and made it to number three on the US Country Songs charts.
Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss Whiskey Lullaby Official Music Video
4. Willie Nelson—"Gravedigger"
This song is a cover of Dave Matthews' original. It's about people's lives via the dates on their tombstones. Though I like the original, I love Willie's version. There's something about the unique timbre of his voice that takes this song to places that Dave Matthews never could.
"Little Mikey Carson '67 to '75 / He rode his bike like the devil until the day he died / When he grows up he wants to be Mr. Vertigo on the flying trapeze / Oh, 1940 to 1992."
This song is on the Moment of Forever album from 2008, and was used in the television series FlashForward.
Willie Nelson Gravedigger Official Music Video
3. Trace Adkins—"Every Light in the House Is On"
That's really all I have to say if you're a chick reading this.
Trace Adkins emoting.
Yeah. (Bonus points if you heard that in Adkins' VERY deep voice.)
"Every light in the house is on / The backyard's bright as the crack of dawn / The front walk looks like runway lights / It's kinda like noon in the dead of night / Every light in the house is on / Just in case you ever do get tired of being gone."
This song is from the 1996 album Dreamin' Out Loud and reached number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart.
Trace Adkins Every Light In The House Is On Official Music Video
2. Blake Shelton—"Austin"
This one is a real tear jerker. I normally hate love songs, especially ones that are sort of on the sad side, but Blake Shelton's voice turned this from a sappy tune to something very memorable. It's all about voice mail and what happens when your heart doesn't manage to move on after the end of a relationship.
"If you're callin' 'bout the car I sold it / If this is Tuesday night I'm bowling / If you've got somethin' to sell, you're wastin' your time, I'm not buyin' / If it's anybody else, wait for the tone, You know what to do / And P.S. if this is Austin, I still love you."
This song is from Blake Shelton's 2001 self-titled debut album and was his very first number one song.
Blake Shelton Austin Official Music Video
1. Kenny Chesney—"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems"
This one is a relatively new favorite of mine. Kenny Chesney sings a lot of love related songs and I'm that rare chick who doesn't appreciate them. But No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems is a great tune. Blue collar dudes, tired of working six days a week and heading to Mexico. It may be the American Dream.
"No shoes, no shirt, no problems / Blues what blues..hey I forgot them / The sun and the sand and a drink in my hand with no bottom / And no shirt, no shirt, and no problems!"
The song is from Chesney's 2002 album of the same name and reached number two on the Billboard Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks list.