10 Current Country Singles Worth Hearing

Extensive research has revealed these to be the best 10 songs currently on, or vying for play on, country radio. If you’re semi-curious about where the genre’s at but not quite patient enough to tune into an actual mainstream country station, you can get all caught up on the best of it here.

Agree or disagree with the songs chosen?

Let me know in the comments.

Obviously, if you like any of what you hear, you’ll want to support the artists by acquiring the songs legally. YouTube clips are offered for ease of sampling only.

Alan Jackson – “You Go Your Way”

Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”

D. Vincent Williams – “Down By the River”

Gary Allan – “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)”

Gwen Sebastian – “Met Him in a Motel Room”

Joanna Smith – “We Can’t Be Friends”

Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go Round”

Kenny Chesney – “El Cerrito Place”

Thomas Rhett – “Beer with Jesus”

Wade Hayes – “Is It Already Time?”
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  1. Grant says

    Country radio must be in even rougher shape than i thought. Since you had to reach for a tenth song with “If I Could Have a Beer with Jesus.” But thank you for taking the time to dig through the mindless drivel so the rest of us dont have to.

  2. Mary Katherine says

    Mr. Wilcox, thank you for reminding me yet again of one of the reasons I enjoy your blog–your good tastes in country music. I haven’t heard all of these songs yet, but of those I have, I agree. And the fact you included the new Gary Allan single definitely makes me all the more inclined to listen to those I haven’t heard yet based on your recommendstion.

    I do have to say I don’t find “Blown Away” to be a country song, but it is getting played at country radio, and it is a far-better song than “Good Girl” wad IMHO.

  3. Kimberly says

    I fell in love with Gary Allan new song “Every Storm” at his concert and watching it on youtube. It is a very awesome, inspirational and so breath taking song. I have heard some of theses other artists songs. But Gary Allan song stand out more to me then any other artists songs.I don’t get enough listening to Gary song. In some ways I can relate this new song by Gary. It is a very powerful song that Gary has out.

  4. Jordan Stacey says

    You hit the nail on the head with these selections, I know the general state of radio is pretty bad but there’s always some good stuff out there.

    Joanna Smith has my favorite one here, there’s just something so great about hearing her sing such a simple song, simply. There’s no clutter in the song, it reminds me of the great female songs of the 90’s. I got to meet her back at Fan Fair this year and she mentioned how K.T. Oslin is a major influence on her and I instantly liked Joanna 100% more. That’s cause while I don’t doubt that other artists who claim to be influenced by say Johnny Cash or Loretta Lynn really are influenced by them; they still picked such obvious huge names that practically everybody was influenced by. I like hearing about the not so big artists that have influence them, it shows that they have some interest in the genre and they’ve actually explored it. Everybody has heard of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, & Tammy Wynette and honestly it’s really tiring of hearing their names always being brought up when artists talk about their heroes. Another great example is how Jamey Johnson is doing a tribute to Hank Cochran, instead of another tired Waylon Jennings tribute. So yeah Joanna has my respect because I think she’s more commited to the genre than the average new artist.

    Gary’s Is my second favorite one on this list, it’s such a great treat to hear his voice back on something I can really get behind. His last two albums while good didn’t produce the best singles (I’m still mad that “We Fly By Night” wasn’t released awesome song you should all check out). I can’t wait to see what the record sounds like cause he’s never dissapointed me with any of his albums, they’re all strong collections.

    Also everybody should not only hear but buy the Wade Hayes song, it’s probably the best of his entire catalouge and it’ll be a shame if he doesn’t at least chart with it.

    Kacey Musgraves has a hit on her hands and while I do love most of it, it’s also a little bleak just for the sake of being bleak. At least that’s what I think lol. Still nice to hear a depressing song on the radio though, we don’t get many of them anymore.

  5. Andrew Leprich says

    Thanks for the write-up, CM. Although the current state of mainstream country is pretty deplorable, it’s encouraging to know it isn’t all bad.

  6. says

    Thank you for the Gary Allan track in particular. Hadn’t realised he had new material on the way, and I’m very much looking forward to that. I love that Alan Jackson song, a strong cut off a very strong album, and the same goes for Carrie’s Blown Away.

    Pleasantly surprised with Kenny Chesney too – it’s like he has a couple of good songs per album, and he seems to be choosing singles well.

    And the Kacey Musgraves song I’ve seen elsewhere online in the past few weeks, and it seems to be getting pretty much universal acclaim. And I’m on board with that!

  7. says

    Solid list. “Merry Go Round” ,may be my favorite track of 2012.

    I don’t understand all the praise for Thomas Rhett’s song though. I think many reviewers are so pleased that the song isn’t as horrible as his Peach Pickers lineage had us expecting that they’re heaping unwarranted praise on what is just another bland example of backwoods Christian jingoism to my ears.


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