Country music often gets a bad rap for being all about sad things in life. Well it’s time to change that myth because there are quite a few happy country songs out there to make you smile.
Here is a list of the best happy country songs from history. Be sure to add your own to the list in the comments.
Happy Country Songs: The Complete List
25. How Your Love Makes Me Feel – Diamond Rio
When you’re singing about cows and ice cream there is no reason not to smile. This was a great song for Diamond Rio and it continued to show their fans that they knew how to have some fun.
24. Vidalia – Sammy Kershaw
Okay. So it’s not really a happy song in the lyrics, but the tone of the song is incredibly happy. You can’t help but find a smile when Sammy is singing about a young girl that’s always made him cry.
23. Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
Even when your ex is getting married to someone else you can find happiness. Garth found happiness by finding his friends and having a good time. Now that’s true happiness.
22. Wild One – Faith Hill
She’s a wild one just trying to grow up and enjoy life. Her parents can’t keep her steady and she just does what she wants in her pursuit of happiness. This was Faith’s first single and it’s been one of her biggest songs ever since.
21. I Like It, I Love It – Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw wasn’t even sure if he should record this song. He thought it might be too cheesy, but after some thought he knew that if he let it go someone else would have a huge hit with the song. It’s a great one and probably fell with just the right artist.
20. Honey Bee – Blake Shelton
It’s a simple love song, but it’s sweet and it makes you happy when you hear it. Blake always seems like he’s having a good time with life. Who doesn’t want to live that way.
19. Good Time – Alan Jackson
There isn’t much Alan Jackson hasn’t written or sung about over the years. Great song from him to bring his career back into gear a few years ago. He also brought back line dancing in a way. I’m not sure if that was a good thing or not, but people seemed to be pretty happy about it.
18. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
This is the newest songs on the list, but it’s a good one. You can’t help, but be happy when you sing this one at the top of your lungs. Great song from a really promising new country act. Florida Georgia Line is going places. These two guys know how to create a great melody.
17. Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox – Joe Diffie
Joe Diffie had to make the list. He had a handful of happy country songs, but this one always seems to bring out the biggest smiles from country music fans.
16. Only Here For A Little While – Billy Dean
What a great song. We’re only here for a little while and once you realize that fact you start enjoying life just a little bit more. Great song here from an underrated country artist.
15. Six Pack Summer – Phil Vassar
What is better than kicking back on the boat in the middle of the summer with a cold six pack? Not much. That’s why Phil Vassar gets a nod on the list.
14. All My Rowdy Friends – Hank Williams Jr.
The ultimate party song has been making people have for decades now. You can’t go wrong with one of country’s hardest partiers.
13. Our Song – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift isn’t all about breakups and heartache. Back on her first album she had this happy song about falling in love and enjoying life. She can still release songs like this even through all her heartbreak.
12. Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off – Joe Nichols
Joe Nichols had one of his biggest hits ever with this one. It’s a little risky to sing about clothes falling off, but when you do it in a fun and happy way you can kind of get away with it. The hook is just so catchy. You can’t help, but love this song.
11. Never Wanted Nothing More – Kenny Chesney
It’s simple, but it’s fun. You can have a happy time with Kenny Chesney if you just focus on the things that matter most in life.
10. Who’s Your Daddy – Toby Keith
This one will always make you smile. Toby Keith knows how to have a good time now and then and this was a great happy country song.
9. Carry On – Pat Green
There can be lots of difficult things in life and through it all we just need to carry on and wait for those good times. Pat Green always seemed like a pretty happy guy and he was introduced to the mainstream world with this great country song.
8. Better Life – Keith Urban
We’re all looking for a better life and Keith Urban teamed up with Richard Marx to create this rocking country tune. Keith was at his peak during the time this song was released and he continues the ride up today with more happy songs about life, love and family.
7. Why Don’t Get Just Dance – Josh Turner
This was a big hit for Josh Turner. He turned life around from all the bad things that were going on at the time and made one of the best country songs of all time.
6. There’s Your Trouble – Dixie Chicks
The Dixie Chicks came out with some really great songs in their early days. It was a bright and happy time in country music and these girls knew how to have some fun with life. The melody in this song is great and it seems happy.
5. I’m Gonna Miss Her – Brad Paisley
The title kind of throws you off at first because you think it’s about leaving. Well I guess technically it is about leaving, but the narrator in the song is happy because now he gets to fish.
4. Check Yes Or No – George Strait
Few songs have the power to make you smile from the first note. This story song from George Strait has been a country classic for 20 years now and I’m sure it will be for another 20.
3. Last Dollar (Fly Away) – Tim McGraw
It’s almost like Tim McGraw cheated when he released this song. There is nothing like it on country radio at all. It’s the happiest song of all time perhaps. Big Kenny of Big & Rich wrote it when he was down to his last dollar. If you can be happy with no money you know you love life.
2. It’s A Great Day To Be Alive – Travis Tritt
This is a great song. Travis Tritt can be a little rough around the edges, but he showed his happy side with this song. It became one of the biggest hits of his career and I’m sure he flashes that smile every time he plays it today.
1. Life’s A Dance – John Michael Montgomery
Of all the hits John Michael Montgomery had back in the ’90s this one seems to have the most staying power. There are ups and downs in life, but if you simply try to have a few more ups than downs you’ll do just fine. There is just something about this catchy tune that makes you feel the urge to sing and dance along. If that doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will.
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