The 2022 Big BKR Smackdown Top Ten
One thing that has been jumping out to me throughout 2022 is relatively enormous number of new artists who broke through this year.
A YEAR OF CHANGE IN COUNTRY MUSIC
Bailey Zimmerman, Jackson Dean, Jelly Roll, and Nate Smith are among a class of new hitmakers that have really sent a bolt of electricity through the country music charts. Gritty and rootsy, their music sounds like a new movement in country, and I am here for it.
It was also fairly evident that change seems to be on the horizon when Erin Grant and I counted down the top 64 songs of the year. You voted, and the results kind of overwhelmingly back up what I've been seeing.
THE BIG BKR SMACKDOWN TOP TEN
And even though they've had hits before 2022, I'd still call it a watershed year for folks like Hardy, Cody Johnson, and Cole Swindell--the veteran AND the longest-tenured (for lack of a better term) artist who finished in the top then of this year's Big BKR Smackdown. In fact, Cole shows up twice.
10. WASTED ON YOU - MORGAN WALLEN
9. THE KIND OF LOVE WE MAKE - LUKE COMBS
8. NEVER SAY NEVER - COLE SWINDELL & LAINEY WILSON
7. LIKE I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC - KANE BROWN
6. SHE HAD ME AT HEADS CAROLINA - COLE SWINDELL
5. YOU PROOF - MORGAN WALLEN
4. FLOWER SHOPS - ERNEST FEAT. MORGAN WALLEN
3. SON OF A SINNER - JELLY ROLL
2. GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL - HARDY
1. TIL YOU CAN'T - CODY JOHNSON
Thanks again for all your votes. I can't wait to see what 2023 brings the country music industry. It feels like it will be very exciting based on 2022.
Happy New Year!