Don’t miss any of the great new country music that has been released recently. It is easy to get caught in a rut of listening to our favorite artists over and over again. The problem with that is that we may miss great new music and performers.
Spread your love of country music by listening to and downloading the top country albums. This list is some of my favorite country music tunes that are currently chart toppers. These popular country songs can be found on Youtube.com and Itunes.com.
Enjoy these popular country music songs composed from a variety of sources, including Billboard, Itunes downloads, and Youtube popular videos.
Song: “American Honey”
Performer: Lady Antebellum
Album: Need You Now
Lady Antebellum has experienced a surge of success lately. Following the chart topper “Need You Now,” which is still one of my favorites, they have once again climbed the country charts, currently at #2 with “American Honey.”
“American Honey” features Lady Antebellum’s distinctive sound. The song chronicles the life of a young girl and her subsequent growth from innocence, hope, and dreams. It is a song to which many women can relate voicing a yearning to return to the innocence of youth.
Need You Now is an amazing album. Country music albums that are filled with beautiful, soulful, and touching songs only come along ever so often. I would not be surprised to see more songs climb the country charts from this album. Who can overlook “When You Got a Good Thing,” “If I Knew Then,” and “Something ‘Bout a Woman?”
While we wait for Billboard to track more chart toppers, I’m still enjoying the entire album.
Song: “Ain’t Back Yet”
Performer: Kenny Chesney
Album: Greatest Hits, Bonus Tracks
“Ain’t Back Yet” is Kenny Chesney at his best. This song is a great new track to add to his Greatest Hits album. Upbeat, fun, and romantic at the same time, “Ain’t Back Yet” is destined to be a Chesney classic.
Download the album or buy the CD to enjoy classic Chesney like “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “You Had Me from Hello,” and “How Forever Feels,” among others. This is a must have album for Kenny Chesney fans, and it is worth the purchase to get the new hit song “Ain’t Back Yet.”
Performer: Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts continues to roll out the hits. This country music band is doing something right, they continue to release chart topping singles. This is true of the title song from their latest album, Unstoppable.
The great thing about Rascal Flatts is that their songs are earthy and real. They touch the heart of everyman, which is the quintessential goal of music. “Unstoppable” is inspirational, another pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on song.
I appreciate the music of Rascal Flatts and am glad to see this song at #10 on Billboard’s top country music charts.
Song: “Gimme that Girl”
Performer: Joe Nichols
Album: Old Things New
In addition to being the #1 song on Billboard’s country hits this week, “Gimme that Girl” is rising in popularity as a digital download. Joe Nichols is said to be among the most talented country music vocalists of his time. Country music find the influence of classic country icons on his work endearing and refreshing. “Gimme that Girl” is back to basics country music in style and lyrics. “Old Things New,” the title song of the album, has potential to rock the charts next.
As Joe Nichols has over the past few years, I expect to see him to continue to show and dominate country music charts in the coming months and years.
Song: “Highway 20 Ride”
Performer: Zac Brown Band
Album: The Foundation
Zac Brown Band delivers folksy, country music once again on this #5 Billboard song, Highway 20 Ride.” This is a contemplative song about a father who struggles with the separation from his son following a divorce. Zac Brown presents vulnerability, uncommon among male bands, that is touching and telling.
I may be a little partial to Zac Brown. He is a Georgia boy and that “Highway 20 Ride” is a familiar ride, between Birmingham and Atlanta, during which there is nothing more to do than contemplate life. I can’t say that doesn’t influence my appreciation of this song, but that’s what good music does. It speaks to the listener.
Zac Brown Band’s latest album, Pass the Jar, was released this week. The album was recorded live at The Fox Theater in Atlanta to capture the essence of the band’s live performance sound. Look for burgeoning hits from the new album. Pass the Jar is already among the top downloads this week on Itunes, and it was released Tuesday!
Billboard Top Country Songs, billboard.com
Jessen, Wade. Old Things New, Joe Nichols. Billboard News.
Pass the Jar in stores now!, zacbrownband.com
Zac Brown Band, zacbrownband.com
Zac Brown Band – Highway 20 Ride, Youtube.com