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Good Country Songs Part 2
40) Callin’ Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks has had multiple great country tracks. His songs will go down as some of the best and most unique songs of all time in any genre. Garth could put emotion, passion, and some rock and country behind his songs. One such tune was Callin’ Baton Rouge. The roaring fiddle in the beginning and Garth’s blazing vocals rip through this song in short order and fans are left trying to catch up as they attempt to sing along to every lyric of the catchy tune. This is one of my personal favorites and every time I hear it I need to crank that volume dial up just a bit more and sing along.
39) Rain Is A Good Thing – Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan was a rising country star when he released Rain Is A Good Thing in 2010. The song went on to establish Luke as a true country star. The song climbed to the top of the charts over the summer. Fans couldn’t get enough of this fun track that made having fun in the rain a great pastime. It’s truly special when you can turn what is seemingly a bad situation into something fun and enjoyable. That’s just what this good ‘ol country boy from Georgia did with this song and that’s why you’ll find him on the list of good country songs.
38) That Ain’t My Truck – Rhett Akins
Ok so I lied about all the songs on the countdown being ones that will make you feel good. That’ Ain’t My Truck by Rhett Akins is not a feel good song but it’s so damn catchy I had to include on the list. The chorus is one of the most memorable in country history and since its release in the ’90s this song has remained popular on radio. While Rhett career never really got off to the superstar recognition the talent deserved he’s remained a popular songwriter in Nashville while staying active with his own music. Rhett continues writing great country songs while poking around on favorite hunting shows.
37) Heads Carolina, Tails California – Jo Dee Messina
Jo Dee Messina’s career got off to a hot start when Heads Carolina, Tails California shot to #2 on the charts in 1996. The song was everywhere that year and remains a favorite on radio 15 years later. The tune is about giving up on the current things in life and flipping a coin and hitting the road in search of a better life. We all have part of us that want to do this exact same things. Leave it all behind and take the ones you love and hit the road for something better. What’s holding you back? As Jo Dee sang there is nothing to lose and there’s somewhere greener and somewhere warmer. Let’s go.
36) Wild One – Faith Hill
Faith Hill came out on the country scene all the way back in 1993. The young blonde southern girl with good looks and loads of vocal ability shot to stardom on her very first single. Wild One went all the way to #1 that year and Faith kept the hits coming throughout the ’90s and ’00s. Wild One remains one of her most popular tracks. It’s a story of a little girl with big dreams and high hopes that takes her dad’s advice to heart. Live life to the fullest and best sure to let your wild spirit fly to new heights. There is nothing to hold the wild one in all of us down.
35) She’s In Love With The Boy – Trisha Yearwood
In 1991 Trisha Yearwood found success with her very first single She’s In Love With The Boy. The story of a wild guy with a rough edge and a thing for a sweet All American girl connected with country fans. Trisha’s powerful voice ripped through the song as people sang along throughout the country. The song held a special place in the hearts of those real life Romeo and Juliet love stories that fell in love despite whatever doubts their parents may have had about the relationship. Sometimes you gotta do what you know is best and take nobody’s advice especially when it comes to love.
34) Any Man of Mine – Shania Twain
Shania Twain‘s first number one record in the US was 1995’s Any Man of Mine. Shania bared her entire stomach for the photo shoot and every country fans went nuts. It was such a controversy but seems so ridiculous today that everybody got all up in arms over it. Shania remains a talented artist and her catalog of hits is proof enough that she’s one of country’s all time greats. Any Man of Mine has attitude and even guys get caught singing along to the catchy melody. It’s a good country song and one that will be around for many years for new generations to discover.
33) Lover, Lover – Jerrod Niemann
It’s amazing that this track is about leaving a woman. At first you think the song should have a feeling of loneliness and despair, but if the situation is not right then why not rejoice that you’re getting out? That’s exactly how Jerrod Niemann thought when he turned this pop tune into a country smash hit in 2010. Lover, Lover became a super country favorite over the summer and fall months and Jerrod became an unlikely country star. The song is impossibly infectious and will likely remain popular on country radio for many years to come.
32) Playboys of the Southwestern World – Blake Shelton
The song only reached number 24 on the charts, but it was a truly unique song. Playboys of the Southwestern World is a story told by the great and funny Blake Shelton. The song is about two friends – one smart and the other fearless. The two go through life on the edge of trouble and the law. They terrorize their college dorm room during the week and shoot off to Mexico on the weekend. The guys get into some trouble and need to do their best to get out. It’s a classic tale of best friends getting into trouble and creating some stories worth telling. It’s one of those good country songs that simply brings a smile to your face.
31) All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – Hank Williams Jr.
In 1984 Hank Williams Jr. released the top ten hit All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight. The track was the follow up to his hit three years earlier All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down). The Coming Over Tonight seems to be the more popular of the two especially after the melody was used on the popular Monday Night Football intro for multiple decades. Hank is still cranking out the tune each Monday night in the fall and fans can’t get enough. It’s a great song about having a good time with good friends and enjoying the fruits of all the hard work good country folks do every day. Thanks Hank.