Yes, I'm only choosing five this year. And I guarantee that all five of these songs will be in the final running to win WBKR's 'Big BKR Smackdown' on Friday.

1. Blake Shelton--"Sure Be Cool If You Did"


I'll admit, I wasn't a fan of this single at first. I feel like almost every country singer nowadays has to slip a pop element into his/her song. So I was disappointed, however, the more I heard it, I fell in love. It's a perfect song for Shelton and you can totally see every image in the lyrics.

2. Lee Brice--"I Drive Your Truck"

If you check the date on when this song was released, it was last December. This song is so emotional and so powerful, I don't think you'll see it disappear from country radio any time soon. And it's not surprising it captured the CMA for "Song of the Year" back in November. I like it because even though it's a sad song, it doesn't have an all out sad feel to it.

3. Thomas Rhett--"It Goes Like This"

Thomas Rhett is an up and comer from a country pedigree (his father is "That Ain't My Truck" singer Rhett Akins) who released his biggest hit to date in 2013. It's infectious and it has the ladies swooning. I'm sure Rhett doesn't mind.

4. Tyler Farr--"Redneck Crazy"

Okay, I bet you thought this wouldn't make my list, but it's a great, yet somewhat controversial song. Sure, it takes the term "stalker" to new heights, but it builds like a champ. Let's face, a lover scorned can make for great story and song.


5. Luke Bryan--"Crash My Party"

I had to throw some love to Luke. For the first time in 2013, we started to see a different side of the heartthrob. A sensitive side. Piano??? Are you kidding? It hit the top of the charts and it went platinum. Not too shabby for a guy who continues his climb as one of the best male vocalists in country music.

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