Erin’s Top 10 Country Songs Of 2015 [VIDEO]
It is unbelievable 2015 is almost over. In country music this year, the themes varied from unrequited love to some plain old good times to girl crushes and to Tennessee Whiskey. Here's my top 10 of 2015.
10. Blake Shelton "Sangria"
I know, I know, Blake is usually in my top five or my number one of the year, but this year, his singles were strong and steady of course, and "Sangria" is nice, as both a cocktail and a song.
9. Thomas Rhett "Die a Happy Man"
I continue to be impressed with Thomas Rhett's songwriting. He's slowly turning into the next superstar, and "Die a Happy Man" is simple and sincere. There aren't many country songs written like that anymore, well, until later in the countdown.
8. Keith Urban "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
Here's one way to make a song a hit, include a lot of nostalgia. Keith Urban does that with "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16". Urban is pretty good at bass, huh?
7. A Thousand Horses "Smoke"
Although Little Big Town has corned the "Favorite Group" arena, Nashville's A Thousand Horses brought back the feeling of a group with musicians and a Southern rock sound. When I saw these guys, I thought Lynyrd Skynyrd meets the Black Crowes. It might have been their clothes, ha-ha, but I dig their sound.
6. Eric Church "Like a Wrecking Ball"
When I think about the first time I heard Eric Church, he had singles like "Love Your Love the Most", "Two Pink Lines", I never thought in a million years his sound would evolve into a mix of traditional country, and rock reminiscent of Hank Jr. "Like a Wrecking Ball" is eerie and sexy, which is an odd combination but it works.
5. Kelsea Ballerini "Love Me Like You Mean It"
For those of you who are missing Taylor Swift on the country charts; come on, I know some of you are, you were relieved by the arrival of singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini. It's no surprise mega star Swift brought Ballerini onstage when her 1989 tour was in Nashville to perform this very song. I'm still waiting on a ballad from Ballerini. I love her!
4. Chris Janson "Buy Me a Boat"
Talk about an ear worm, Chris Janson's "Buy Me a Boat" was on the charts for months and months. The singer was lucky enough to open up for Merle Haggard in Beaver Dam this past May and his star grew more and more.
3. Chris Stapleton "Nobody to Blame"
I could put Chris Stapleton's entire album 'Traveller' on this list. I mean, throw a dart! If we are talking about chart performance, "Nobody to Blame" is still building momentum after Stapleton's huge CMA Award wins and incredible show stopping performance with Justin Timberlake at the ceremony. The argument can be made on whether or not traditional country, blues can thrive in the world of some of the other artists on this list. I think it can. Needless to say, I am Kentucky proud of Chris Stapleton.
2. Little Big Town "Girl Crush"
"Girl Crush" was taken a little too literally by some folks. In the end, it's a fantastic song highlighted by LBT's harmonies. It's not done winning awards either. It's up for Song of the Year at February's Grammy Awards.
1. Cam "Burning House"
If there's one song I could listen to over and over from this past year, it's Cam's "Burning House". In fact, I'm not only picking it as my top country song of the year, it's my favorite song, in any genre, of 2015, sorry Adele.
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