Do you ever doodle or draw when you try to keep your mind occupied? I doodle a lot! Thus I jotted down my top 10 songs of 2016. Don't worry, I'll make sense of my chicken scratch.


Okay, I'll now translate, going from the bottom of my list.

10. Rascal Flatts "I Like the Sound of That"

Despite what I may or may not have said about Rascal Flatts one day on the air, I've been a fan from day one. "I Like the Sound of That" is classic Rascal Flatts and in April, it became their 13th number one. And did you know, pop star Meghan Trainor and Dan & Shay's Shay Mooney were two of the writers?

9. Chris Young featuring Vince Gill "Sober Saturday Night"

I know Barb posted the video for this single a while back but I didn't see it until I happened to be flipping through the channels at home. Man, the visual for this is a heart breaker. This won't be the first mention of alcohol on my list. Chris Young won Nashville Star ten years ago; he has come a long, long way. He's got one of the strongest male voices in country right now.

8. Keith Urban "Blue Ain't Your Color"

I feel pretty fortunate I was able to see Keith Urban live a couple of times early in his solo career. He can flat out play the guitar! Thanks to Urban's guitar, this song is rooted more in blues than in country and I'm totally okay with it. However, I think blue is my color. We can agree to disagree.

7. Old Dominion "Song for Another Time"

This song is a treat and it weaves in, Dave Spencer and I both counted 22 song titles in its lyrics. The arrangement is perfect. Old Dominion will be hitting the road with Miranda Lambert in the new year.

6. Kenny Chesney featuring Pink "Setting the World on Fire" 

Superstar Chesney continues to broaden his sound and including Pink in the mix? Fantastic idea! It balances both pop and country very well.

5. Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King "Different for Girls"

Wow, I have a lot of vocal events on my list and it's because there were so many good ones, including "Different for Girls". It won the CMA for Vocal Event of the Year, so there you go. I love the guitar twang at the beginning and it has a great melody.

4. Brothers Osborne "21 Summer"

T.J. and John Osborne don't look like brothers, not even a bit. However when they sing together, it's sweet. In my opinion, they were the biggest surprise winners at the CMAs when they slid in and took home Vocal Duo of the Year. "21 Summer" is relaxed and kicked back, whether it's summer or not. In a few weeks, they will release their fourth single "It Ain't My Fault", I can't wait.

3. Eric Church "Record Year"

I think one key in songwriting that works is nostalgia, see Old Dominion. "Record Year" has a literal concept that goes beyond idol worship. We all use music to get us through good and bad times. I really need my own record player.

2. Maren Morris "My Church" and "80's Mercedes"

Okay, I can't choose which one I like better. Is Maren Morris the future of country music? She has pretty good start. Rolling Stone named Hero as its top country album of the year and we'll see how she does at the Grammy Awards in February. These are are her only two singles far, 2017 could be huge for the young Texan.  I'm posting "80's Mercedes" again because that hook, my Lord, is one of the best I've heard in years.

And now the curve ball...

1. Margo Price "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)"

Clear the living room floor and crank this up right now! Margo Price y'all! This young lady put out a pure country/old soul record this year Midwest Farmer's Daughter and like Maren Morris, I think she's just getting started. We could argue all day about what country music is or what is has become or, where did go? It's right here, it never went anywhere.

Have a very Happy New Year and tune into The Big BKR Smackdown all day Friday right here on 92.5 WBKR and vote for your favorite song of the year!