Here are the final 10 country songs in the series…
50 Songs for Your Summer Playlist – Part 5
10) All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Rapper turned rocker Kid Rock had an unlikely summer hit in 2008 with his remix of two popular songs. Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker took the classics Sweet Home Alabama and Werewolves In London, added new lyrics and created a catchy, summer smash hit All Summer Long. The song was a hit on various pop and rock charts all over the world and in the US. The song surprised many by reaching the top five on the country charts. Fans seemed to love the fun song about great summer memories.
9) Summertime – Kenny Chesney
Since the video for How Forever Feels, fans have known about Kenny Chesney‘s love for summer and the islands. In the summer of 2006, Chesney released the aptly titled Summertime. The catchy song quickly became a fan favorite. The song draws on familiar images from summer: bare feet on the dashboard, cheap shades, and of course that bottle of Yoo-hoo. The song reached number one and has since went gold for strong digital sales.
8) Something Like That – Tim McGraw
When the summer of ’99 hit country music, Tim McGraw was perhaps the biggest star in the genre. So when he released the song Something Like That it was no surprise to see it become a smash hit. Known to some simply as The Barbecue Sauce, White T-Shirt Song, Something Like That is about meeting a girl one summer at a local fair and how that feeling of instant attraction really never goes away. It’s a feeling we all cherish and hope for each summer as we head out to have some fun.
7) Watermelon Crawl – Tracy Byrd
In the summer of 1994, Tracy Byrd had what is perhaps his best known song. Watermelon Crawl was part of the line dancing revival in the early nineties. The song is about a local watermelon festival like many celebrations small towns put on each summer. In the song, the mayor asks the folks to be safe and do the dance rather than head home after a few too many drinks. Still a classic today, Watermelon Crawl is a classic summer song. It’s fun to sing along to and the everybody sings along to the chorus.
6) Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan
Craig Morgan had a smash hit 2004-2005 with That’s What I Love About Sunday. The song vaulted Morgan to country star status. To follow that hit Morgan released Redneck Yacht Club. The summer song was infused with hooks and melodies all wrapped with fun lyrics. Riding along on the lake with a bunch of buddies in boats is a great way to spend the summer. And if you’re looking for a song to blast from the speakers when you’re out on the water, Redneck Yacht Club should fit the bill.
5) Dixieland Delight – Alabama
For a band that has so many recognizable hits it’s impressive for Dixieland Delight to stand out as a summer favorite. The song is about looking forward to the weekend with a loved one after a long week at work. Who among us doesn’t feel like that every Friday during the summer? With more to do outside of the house and great people to spend time with, summer makes for special memories. Dixieland Delight is a simple song with a unique groove and it’s certainly a classic summer song.
4) All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – Hank Williams Jr.
In 1994, a top ten hit for the legendary Hank Williams Jr. become perhaps his best known song (or at least melody) and became an anthem for having a good time. All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight was a rocking tune about getting together some good buddies and having a good old fashion outdoor party in the country. Jr. later turned the song’s hook into the theme song for the popular Monday Night Football. Generations have now grown up with the song and it still serves as a great song at any summer get together.
3) Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
For a guy that seems to have ten signature songs, Chattahoochee is an Alan Jackson classic. The song truly launched his career into even greater heights of stardom when released in 1993. The song hits on just about every great summer memory imaginable from grape snow cones, burgers, girls, cars, beer and time on the water. The video fit the song perfect as Alan took to the water for some skiing. The video and song are still summer staples on TV and radio. If you’re heading to the lake on a pontoon this summer be sure to have Chattahoochee on your MP3.
2) Fishin’ In The Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band had tons of hits during their big run of success in the ’80s, but the song that will forever be linked to the group is the classic summer song Fishin’ In The Dark. Released in 1987, Fishin’ In The Dark had a sing along chorus that still has people clapping their hands and smiling today. Each summer you’ll hear this song as you sit around a campfire or on the tailgate of a truck. The song is original, fun, and simple – a winning combination that resulted in one of the best summer songs of all time.
1) It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett
For his second collection of greatest hits, Alan Jackson needed a single to promote the album. The song was It’s Five O’clock Somewhere and it became the biggest summer song of all time. A catchy melody combined with the common theme of wanting to take a break from the work day to enjoy a beverage connected with fans everywhere. Alan teamed up with the King of Summer Jimmy Buffett for the song and it spent 8 non-consecutive weeks at #1 throughout the summer. The song remains a major hit on radio and now everybody has the perfect excuse to grab that drink.
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