Checkout the below listed top 10 new Country songs of January 2017, Country music originated in the United States back in the 1920s. Its roots are from the southeastern part of the country and often consists of ballads and dance tunes with simple forms and harmonies. The lyrics are often accompanied with banjos, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, banjos, and sometimes harmonicas. This music genre gained popularity in the 1940s when it became known more as Western music over the previous Hillbilly music it had been called.
Today the term, country music describes many styles and in 2009 became the most listened to rush hour radio genre for those driving their evening commute and the second most popular for those driving the morning commute.
These are the top 10 country songs January 2017.
10. “80s Mercedes” by Maren Morris
Maren Morris was born in 1990 and is an American country singer, record producer, and songwriter. Morris has released four studio albums with her first one hitting number 5 on the Billboard 200. In 2016, her debut single, “My Church” made it to number 1 on the Country Digital Songs. She has also been nominated for Best New Artist at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards and appeared on Saturday Night Live in December of 2016.
In June of 2016, Morris released, “80s Mercedes” which has been co-produced with Busbee. Morris says she was inspired to write this song from a conversation she has with Audra Mae. During the conversation, Mae used the phrase and Morris thought it would make a good title for a song. This tune has some influences from the 1980s and has an oblique reference to Don Henley’s song, “The Boys of Summer.”
9. “How I’ll Always Be” by Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw was born in 1967 is an American actor, songwriter, and country music singer. He has been married to another great country music singer, Faith Hill since 1996. McGraw has released fourteen studio albums, 10 of which have reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums charts. Throughout these albums, McGraw has produced 65 singles with 25 of those reaching number 1 on the Hot Country Songs. During a tour, “Soul2Soul II Tour” with his wife, Faith Hill the two grossed the highest in country music history.
“How I’ll Always Be” was written by Chris Janson, Jeremy Stover, and Jamie Paulin and was released in July of 2016. It was the third single from McGraw’s 14th album. The song is mostly about the beliefs of the narrator’s and his beliefs represent how he will always be. The music accompanying this song is mostly steel guitar.
8. “Dirty Laundry” by Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood was born in 1983 and is an American actress, songwriter, and country music singer. She gained her fame when she won on the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. She is now considered one of the most successful artists in any musical genre. Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and in 2009 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She has a long list of achievements including; 7 Country Music Association Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards, and 12 Academy of Country Music Awards.
“Dirty Laundry” was recorded on Underwood’s fifth studio album. It was written by Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey, and Zach Crowell with Jay Joyce as the producer. It is a song about infidelity and takes on a cheater with lipstick on his collar. The lyrics tell all the tell-tale signs of a man being with another woman and how it shows on his dirty laundry.
7. “A Guy With a Girl” by Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton was born in 1976 and is an American television personality, songwriter, and singer. He made his debut in 2001 with the single, “Austin” which was the lead-off on his album. This album was number one for five weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Shelton’s second and third albums are also reached gold and platinum status. He has charted more than 30 country singles, including more than 20 which made it to number 1.
“A Guy With a Girl” was recorded by Shelton for his tenth album, “If I’m Honest” in 2016. It was released in August and written by Bryan Simpson and Ashley Gorley with production by Scott Hendricks. The lyrics describe a guy walking into a party where the girl receives all the attention and he is just a guy with a girl.
6. “Wanna Be That Song” by Brett Eldredge
Brett Eldredge was born in 1986 and is an American record producer, songwriter, and country music singer. He is the cousin of Terry Eldredge and has had three number one singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. He was raised in Paris, Illinois by his mother, Robin Beth, and father, Christopher Eldredge and his cousin, Terry Eldredge who is a member of The Grascals.
“Wanna Be That Song” is co-written by Ross Copperman and Scooter Carusoe and was released in May of 2016. The idea for this song came when Eldredge was about to walk onto the stage for his performance at the Kansas Speedway. He turned to his songwriter, Scooter Carusoe and said, “I want to write a song called, “Wanna Be That Song”. It was not written until three months later during a session with Copperman and Carusoe. According to Eldredge, this song says everything about what he wants to say regarding love and what he is trying to be.
5. “May We All” by Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line is an American country music duo, Brian Kelley, and Tyler Hubbard. These two have achieved major success and are one of the most successful country music acts of the 2010s. These two emerged after several years with their music being tagged as “bro-country” as it transitions from traditional country to their hybrid sounds. Their lyrics focus on drinking, trucks, girls, and back roads.
“May We All” was recorded by Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw and is Florida Georgia Line’s second single from their third album. It was released in August of 2016 and written by Jamie Moore and Rodney Clawson. The song debuted at number 27 on the Hot Country Songs chart and then moved to number 2 and is now number 5 for 2016. As of December 2016, this song has sold more than 400,000 copies in just the United States.
4. “Dirt on My Boots” by Jon Pardi
Jon Pardi was born in 1985 and is an American record producer, songwriter, and country music singer. Pardi has released two albums and six singles that have made it to the Hot Country Songs chart. He grew up in Dixon, California and graduated high school from there in 2003. After graduating from high school, he pursued his music career by moving to Nashville. His debut single, “Missin You Crazy” came in at number 58 in 2012 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
“Dirt on My Boots” has sold over 145,000 copies just in the United States as of December 2016. This song was written by Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, and Rhett Atkins and was released in September 2016.
3. “Star of the Show” by Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett Akins, Jr is better known as Thomas Rhett and was born in 1990. He is an American songwriter and country music singer. Rhett has released two studio albums which have earned him ten singles that made it to the top of the Hot Country Songs chart. Rhett has written a lot of his own material as well as some for Lee Brice, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line.
“Star of the Show” was released in October of 2016 to country radio. This is the fifth single from Rhett’s album, “Tangled Up”. Rhett wrote this song along with Ben Hayslip and Rhett Akins. This song has been described as a swoon-worthy and groovy song worth its time on the radio airplay.
2. “Better Man” by Little Big Town
Little Big Town is an American country music group. They came together in 1998 with four members; Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. Their style consists of a four-part vocal harmony which each of them alternating as lead singer. Sweet and Westbrook also play rhythm guitar. Their self-titled album debuted with Monument Records in 2002 and produced two minor country chart singles. In 2005 they signed with Equity Music Group and released their second album which received a platinum certification.
“Better Man” was recorded on Little Big Town’s eighth upcoming album, The Breaker which is scheduled for a February release. The video for this song was released in November of 2016 and the song was written by Taylor Swift. Swift sent the song to the group because of the harmonies and was written about the breakup of a relationship.
1. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban
Keith Urban was born in 1967 and is a New Zealand-born Australian country music singer. His self-titled album earned him four singles in Australia before his move to the United States. He began his career in the United States with the band, The Ranch which recorded one album and earned two singles making their way on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Urban made his solo debut in 1999 with his self-titled album, “Keith Urban” that became platinum certified.
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” was written by Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen, and Clint Lagerberg and was released in August of 2016. This was the fourth single from Urban’s ninth album and became a big commercial and chart success. It held the top spot on the Hot Country Songs chart for eight straight weeks. The lyrics of the song tell about a man observing a woman who is lonely at a bar because she is dissatisfied with her relationship.
These top 10 country songs of January 2017 have hit the top on the charts due to their fans loving them as well as their critics. Radio and sales charts also play a part in these songs reaching the top. We hope you recognize and appreciate the top winning songs for January 2017.