Top Country Songs of 2010 – Part 2
40) If I Die Young – The Band Perry
The Band Perry is a group of young siblings finding themselves at the top of the country world these days. The newcomers on the country block had a top hit this year. If I Die Young had some interesting lyrics about death and life, but the sound of the song made it unique and interesting. The singer has a voice that cuts down through your body and makes you listen when you first hear the song on the radio. A great song from a rising band in the country world.
39) Smile – Uncle Kracker
How unlikely was it for Uncle Kracker to have a top country hit in 2010? The guy gives off the mentality of a rapper with a tough edge. He is known for releasing easy listening adult contemporary pop songs. He tours and writes song with rocker Kid Rock. And now he’s had a solo hit on country radio. Maybe it’s not entirely surprising. Kracker did join Chesney a few years ago on the number one hit When The Sun Goes Down. The new hit for Kracker was Smile and it became a huge hit over the summer. It’s a simple love song about enjoying life with a great gal.
38) That’s How Country Boys Roll – Billy Currington
Earlier this year Billy Currington reached the top of the charts once again with That’s How Country Boys Roll. Just a short time ago Billy took some time off to collect his thoughts and get his life in order. Time off is usually damaging to emerging country stars. Coming off a huge album just a few years ago Billy risked losing his momentum, but he came back strong and now is having hit after hit including his 2010 top song about good old country boys. The song is just a great simple country song. It’s catchy and fun to sing along with. Billy has made a career of making country music seem effortless. He’s great and this was a top country song in 2010.
37) Why Don’t We Just Dance – Josh Turner
Josh Turner scored another number one hit on country radio in 2010 with his song Why Don’t We Just Dance. The infectious song was fun, upbeat, and positive in a time when everything seems to be negative with the world. Josh Turner is a bit of throwback artist and that’s one of the reasons I love his music. It’s great to see him having success with songs that the entire family can listen to and enjoy. Why Don’t We Just Dance is a song that makes you want to do just that. Let the world go for just a couple minutes and enjoy some time just having fun.
36) Consider Me Gone – Reba McEntire
This tune barely made it to 2010. The song started its chart climb in the fall of 2009, but it hit the top spot the first week of 2010 and continued to receive major airplay throughout the year. The song was Reba’s first number one hit in a number of years and seemed to get her even more respect in country music – if that’s even possible for one of the most successful artists of all time. In the song the narrator realizes her love with a guy is over since he doesn’t have what it takes to be with her. She’s as good as gone.
35) The Breath You Take – George Strait
Does George Strait ever run out of great songs to record. King George has spent 30 years releasing top hit after top hit. He probably makes the list of top country songs every year. This year one of his classic songs makes the list. The Breath You Take was a line from the fun and entertaining Will Smith movie Hitch. It’s about how life is about the moments that take your breath away, not the breath you take. It’s a great song from a great country artist. There is nothing better than hearing new George Strait music and keeps delivering year after year with no signs of slowing down.
34) Why Wait – Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts changed record labels in 2010 and looked to jump start their career and take things to another level. It’s a tough task for a band that saw such big success over the past ten years, but the guys seem determined. The first single from their new album is Why Wait and it took no time for the single gain big time attention by country fans. The song is about a guy that realizes there is no good reason he hasn’t married his girl. The video for the song used the theme from the recent movie The Hangover. The guys in RF know how to record catchy pop-country and Why Wait was another smash success and a top country song in 2010.
33) ‘Til Summer Comes Around – Keith Urban
Summer love was the topic of Keith Urban‘s 2010 hit ‘Til Summer Comes Around. The song climbed the charts throughout the year and found its place as a top hit of 2010. Urban has been a steady presence on the charts for nearly a decade now. It’s a great achievement for the unlikely country star. A pop-country singer from Australia would seem to be a long shot for success, but Keith has found continued success by making songs his fans love. Urban’s career still appears to be climbing and hits like ‘Til Summer Comes Around add to his growing legend.
32) Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
The song about getting stuck like glue to someone became the song that was stuck in everybody’s head in 2010. Sugarland has made a living of putting out these songs that have the crazy ability to take over your head for the day. Stuck Like Glue took a few risks. There is a Jamaican-type rap in the middle that throws listeners for a loop. The catchy melody and the crazy raps worked though and fans couldn’t get enough of this song in 2010. Sugarland continues to be one of the top bands in country music. They’re albums are selling like crazy and they’re racking up hit after hit.
31) Turn On The Radio – Reba McEntire
It’s amazing how long Reba McEntire has been having success in country music. While she took a little bit of her focus away for a few years recently to record a successful sitcom she always kept one foot in the music world by releasing the occasional new track. Recently though Reba has put out some big singles. One of those singles was the current single on the chart – Turn On The Radio. The sassy single sees Reba giving it to her former man by telling him the only way he’s going to hear her voice anymore is if he hears her songs on the radio. Good for you Reba. Keep that country attitude coming.