The countdown of the 50 Greatest Guy Songs continues with Part 2 as we countdown from #40 to #31.
Just like the first ten songs yesterday, today’s collection continues to highlight the great men of country music and the songs they’ve performed. The key to a good guy song is a story that captures an emotion that connects with the guys in the audience. There are plenty of songs that speak to the ladies and there are some great ones, but sometimes the guys in the music need something to call their own.
Let’s continue the countdown with #40 to #31…
40) All My Friends Say – Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is new to the country music scene. He now has a handful of hits, but for him and fans it all started with the rowdy All My Friends Say. The song brings guys back to the days of drinking and having a good time with the buddies during the bachelor days. Most guys have this stage as they’re going out on their own for the first time and experiencing a little freedom. And if you’ve done this you’ve likely had a few mornings where you forgot what exactly went down the night before. Generally, your best buddies are there to let you know what kind of party animal you were the night before. Luke Bryan captured these memories with All My Friends Say.
Now…where is my beer.
39) Live Until I Die – Clay Walker
When most guys think of the ultimate guys songs they don’t likely think immediately of Clay Walker. Walker has made a living singing about the love he has for the great women of this world. That’s all well and good, but there are other emotions guys go have as well. In 1993, Clay Walker released Live Until I Die as the second single off his debut album. Walker wrote the song on his own and it became a huge smash hit for him. It’s a classic guy song that speaks to the dreamer in every man. Plus when there is a pontoon on the river in the video it’s bound to be a hit.
Live Until I Die is a reflective song as Clay sings about living life in the moment while looking back fondly at the past while realizing you can change the past, but you can enjoy each day while you’re living it.
There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing you’re doing alright in the world and you can sit back, enjoy a cold beer, and spend time with friends and family.
38) Party Crowd – David Lee Murphy
David Lee Murphy has the voice to sing songs that are written for the guys in the crowd. The grit and the growl put a certain edge on the songs that David Lee used to sing during his heyday in the ’90s.
A big hit for David Lee Murphy was Party Crowd. The song covers the feeling a guy tends to get when he’s looking for a little release. the song is grooving and fun. The lyrics are catchy and easy to sing along with. Party Crowd is the theme song for jumping in your truck and driving to a few of the local watering holes around the neighborhood.
When you need to blow off a little steam there is nothing better than finding a good party crowd out on the town.
37) Right Where I Need To Be – Gary Allan
From the moment the first licks of Right Where I Need To Be kick in through your speakers, there is no doubt that the song is a guy song. Gary Allan lays down his raspy licks on the track as he pours his soul into the lyrics and melody.
There are more than a few guys going through the story this song tells. Most guys go through a ton of struggles with jobs, women, kids, money, etc. The choices we have in life make for a lot of struggle. Right Where I Need To Be is a song that tells this story.
Gary Allan makes the perfect narrator for the story. He’s had a tough live of his own. Struggling recording artist before breaking out, difficulties with marriage, losing someone you care for, and the everyday struggles with touring while having kids at home or even on the road with you.
Life is full of struggles. How you handle them is what makes you a high character guy.
In the song, the guy turns down a possible promotion to stay home with his gal. The lucky guys are the ones that get their priorities in line with their dreams.
36) That’s My Story – Collin Raye
While he’s known more for his ballads, Collin Raye had a few great guy songs as well. That’s My Story is a fun song that covers the situation guys put themselves in when they choose to head out with the boys rather than staying home with their woman. Sometimes things can get out of hand a little white lie may find its way into the conversation. Guys are often terrible liars, especially in front of the ladies so there is nothing to do when you know you’re caught than to stick to your story.
If you claim that you’ve never been caught in a lie then…well…you’re lying.
35) Still Doin’ Time – George Jones
Who better to sing some classic guy songs than the greatest country music singer George Jones. The Possum has lived the live of a rock star over the years and his rowdy ways got him into some trouble with those close to him.
George Jones hit on the emotion of losing a loved one and turning to something else to ease the pain. Jones was known for his excessive drinking over the years and Still Doin’ Time is one of the best stories about a guy drinking to wash away the memories of a woman. Most guys in the audience of a country music concert have felt this way before. The song was a smash hit for George and it likely struck home with him as he was able to pour emotion into the lyric and ease a little pain for the guys in the audience.
34) I Wanna Talk About Me – Toby Keith
What more can be said that what Toby Keith said with the song I Wanna Talk About Me? Even if they don’t admit it, most guys have a woman in their lives that love telling stories about their day and how the world is affecting them. But sometimes a guy just wants to sit back and have someone that will listen to what they have to say. Sometimes we just don’t want to listen much. We just want to watch the game on TV, cheer, drink beer, and talk about the stats even though you have no idea what we’re talking about.
Sometimes guys just wanna talk about themselves. And girls, we usually love listening to the things you have to say, but every once and a while we have something exciting to share too. But don’t worry, we won’t talk for too long.
33) Cowboys Like Us – George Strait
George Strait is the king of country music for a reason. He sings songs for everyone in the audience. For the guys he released Cowboys Like Us. It’s a rolling tune with a fiddle that wanes throughout. It’s the perfect theme song for the guys that dream of living the cowboy life just as their heroes did back on TV in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. They’re aren’t that many great western movies anymore, but us guys still need our fill of the cowboy life. Thankfully there are real cowboys like the roping George Strait to sing the songs that are the soundtracks to our dreams.
We can’t all be cowboys, but deep down inside there is a little bit of a outlaw in each of us.
32) All My Exes Live In Texas – George Strait
For the guys that go through one or two divorces in their lives, All My Exes Live In Texas is the anthem. It’s a fun nature song that pokes fun at the common situation men (and women) face. King George puts the perfect vocal on the track as usual as he sings the song as a guy just trying to get away from his past while trying to move forward. And he always does it with a sly smile.
31) I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song) – Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley wrote I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song) long before he ever had a record deal. When the time came to record his second album he went back in his archives and pulled out the song and recorded it. Guys all over were loving the song. The narrator is broken down to choose between the love of his life and the woman of his dreams. He chooses to head out fishing (at least the fish can’t talk back…that one’s going to get me in trouble).
For all the guys that love to fish and need some time away, Brad Paisley pulled through with a classic guy song.