10 Country Songs You Should Be Listening To Right Now (July 2018 Edition)

Summer is the perfect time to listen to country music and right now, there are so many amazing new country songs being released! In no particular order, check out our list of 10 country songs you should be listening to right now.

“Babe” – Sugarland

“Babe,” a midtempo pop-country song about a break-up, is written by Taylor Swift and Patrick Monahan of Train, but it’s performed by country music duo Sugarland. When Swift heard that Sugarland was making their first record after a six-year hiatus, she reached out and asked if they were interested in recording her song. Even though they had never recorded a song written by someone other than themselves, they agreed. From the guitar riffs to Swift’s backing harmonies, everything about the song is catchy and you’ll be singing along in no time.

Check out the “Babe” music video here:

“Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett

The lyrics in “Life Changes” – arguably Thomas Rhett’s most personal song – covers his music career, his marriage and the birth of his two kids. To reflect the changes in his life, Rhett went from singing “Now Lauren’s showing/Got one on the way/Yeah that’s two under two, hey, what can I say?” to “Now there’s Willa and sweet Ada James/Yeah that’s two under two, hey, what can I say?”  While instrumentally, the song is closer to pop than country, lyrically, the song tells his personal life story – which is exactly what country music is all about.

Listen to “Life Changes” here:

“Simple” – Florida Georgia Line

Country music duo Florida Georgia Line kick it old school with their single “Simple” which they wrote with Michael Hardy and Mark Holman. FGL is known for straddling the pop-country line, but this upbeat tune features all the country fixins – catchy whistling hooks, layers of acoustic guitars and banjo riffs.  Plus, the music video features a super fun barn dance and the most perfect Notebook-esque love story.

Check it out here: 

“Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)” – Brothers Osborne

Country music duo Brothers Osborne show a softer side of them with the heartfelt “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive).” The song, which they wrote with Kendall Marvel, talks about a love so strong it never dies and it’s filled with everything the duo is known for – clever lyrics, wicked guitar solos and catchy melodies. It’s the perfect song to listen to on a summer night with your significant other.

Listen to “Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive)” here: 

“New Light” – Baylor Wilson

Baylor Wilson is an up-and-coming country artist in Nashville, Tennessee and “New Light” is her newest tune. The song, which she wrote with Jordan Minton and Jordyn Shellhart, features Wilson’s signature raspy voice and lyrics that tell her personal story. From start to finish, you can’t help but be drawn in by every honest line. 

Get “New Light” here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-light-single/1402088312

“Rich” – Maren Morris

“Rich,” Maren Morris’ newest single, is hands down one of the most clever songs ever written. In the second verse, Morris, who co-wrote the song with Jessie Jo Dillon and Laura Veltz sings, “If I had a dime every time that you crossed my mind/Well I’d basically be sitting on a big ass pile of dimes/And all the times that you make my heart feel cheap I might as well have won the lottery/All of this pain and me cursing your name would just turn into dollar signs.” Not only is it fun and hilarious, but it’s admittedly honest and relatable.

Make sure you check out the song here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/rich/1214433730?i=1214433972

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay

“Tequila,” the new single by Dan + Shay, is a piano ballad about heartbreak. Even though the song is a ballad, it has intense melodies, bold instrumentation and strong lyrics. The song builds and explodes at all the right places, leaving you hanging on to every word and every note.

Check out the music video here: 

“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean ft. Miranda Lambert

“Drowns the Whiskey,” written by Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney and Jeff Middleton, is performed by Jason Aldean and features Miranda Lambert. The song tells a story of heartbreak where the male narrator tries to “drown the memory” of a past lover with whiskey, but fails to forget, and so the “memory drowns the whiskey.” The idea is simple, yet clever, and Aldean and Lambert’s voices blend well together.

Check out the song here: 

“Break Up In The End” – Cole Swindell

“Break Up In The End” is an acoustic guitar ballad written by Jon Nite, Chase McGill and Jessie Jo Dillon and performed by Cole Swindell. The song shows a softer side of Swindell, who is known for releasing upbeat pop-country songs. Swindell has said that the message of “Break Up In The End” is that “it’s better to have loved than to not have the chance to.”

Watch the music video here:

“Get Along” – Kenny Chesney

“Get Along,” written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, and Josh Osborne, is performed by Kenny Chesney and is the ultimate summer song. It’s super catchy, super fun and super upbeat. Plus, it’s got a great message about getting along and finding common ground.

Watch “Get Along” here: 

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