The popularity of country music is growing rapidly. Artists like Faith Hill and Shania Twain have helped mix the lines between pop and country. There are others artists such as Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts that have proven music written for country charts can also find a place in the pop world as well. There are other reasons beyond the great artist’s music that has helped to push country music into the hearts of fans.
They create fantastic concerts to promote themselves. Not many artists outside of the country music arena put as much time and effort into their work. Fans love the concerts and snap up tickets in just minutes before they sell out. Country music artists always find a spot on an elite music list.
These are the top 10 country songs of March 2017.
10. Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road
Sam Lowry Hunt is an American songwriter, singer, and a former college football player. He played football during his high school and college years and then attempted to pursue a professional sports career before beginning his music career. He has been credited with the writing of many hit singles for Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, and Kenny Chesney, among others. He was awarded three consecutive Hot Country Songs when his album, Montevallo debuted.
Body Like a Back Road, tells a tale delivered in Hunt’s nonchalance manner. He sings about a woman with thick curves and will leave you smiling if you’re among the millions of men who struggle with smooth pick-up lines. This song features a guitar cadence and steady drum beat that will remind you of the sound four wheels make on asphalt. This song is a lighthearted comeback for Sam Hunt.
9. Jon Pardi – Dirt On My Boots
Jon Pardi is an American country music songwriter, record producer, and singer. He has two albums released with Capital Nashville and one extended play. He has made it to both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. His debut single, Missin’ You Crazy, made it to number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Pardi was one of the opening acts for Alan Jackson’s ‘Keepin’ It Country Tour’ in 2014 and was also an opening act for Dierks Bentley’s Riser Tour.
Dirt On My Boots was a song recorded by Jon Pardi and released in September of 2016. This song was written by Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, and Rhett Akins and by January of 2017 had already reached 250,000 copies in the United States. Pardi says he may not have written the song, but he has definitely made it his own. The video accompanies the entry of this song during his concerts and has the crowds loving him, cowboy boots and all.
8. Chris Young with Vince Gill – Sober Saturday Night
Chris Young is an American country music songwriter and singer. Chris was the winner of the television program, Nashville Star and was signed to RCA Records Nashville after this win. He has produced two singles which made the Hot Country Songs chart. Young’s success continued with his second album, The Man I Want to Be which also earned him chart winning singles.
Sober Saturday Night was recorded by Chris Young and features Vince Gill. This song has been described as a vocal showcase with personal performance. The music is compelling with the contrast between the two vocalists’ tones, and by 2017 it had reached over 144,000 copies being sold.
7. Brad Paisley – Today
Brad Paisley is an American songwriter and country music singer. His debut album, Who Needs Pictures was the first in ten following albums including one with Christmas songs compiled on the Arista Nashville label. He has scored 32 top ten singles on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart with 19 of them making it to number one. Paisley success has also earned him three Grammy Awards and having more than 12 million albums being sold across the globe.
Today, recorded by Brad Paisley was released with Arista Nashville and will be Paisley’s second single from his soon-to-be-released album. This song was co-written with Ashley Gorley and Chris DuBois and will be his first number one on the Billboard Country Digital Song chart. There have been over 41,000 downloads and jumped from 49 to 12 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
6. Eric Church with Rhiannon Giddens – Kill a Word
Eric Church is an American songwriter and country music singer. He signed with Capitol Nashville in 2005 and with them has released five studio albums. His, Sinners Like Me was his debut album and has earned three hit singles that have made it to the Billboard Country charts. Church’s success continued with his second album, Carolina which earned him another three more unique hits to make it to the top. Eric Church began his career by writing his own songs and playing at local bars. He later rejected an offer into a corporate job as he wanted to pursue his singing.
Kill a Word was produced by Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens and is his third single from his fifth album. It is a song about the power and importance of words. It tells about wanting to ‘kill’ words with negative meanings and is considered a soulful production with the addition Rhiannon gives to the song.
5. Little Big Town – Better Man
Little Big Town is an American country music group which was founded in 1998. It contains the original four members; Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. Their music relies on four-part vocal harmonies with the four members alternating between lead singer roles. This group signed a deal with Mercury Nashville Records and did not record any singles or albums. When they joined with Monument Records, they released their self-titled debut, and it produced two minor country chart singles.
Better Man was recorded by Little Big Town from their soon-to-be-released eighth album. This song was written by Taylor Swift and was performed live at the 50th CMA Awards in November. The lyrics to this song tell of a breakup in a relationship and is said to be grounded in a lot of truth.
4. Michael Ray – Think A Little Less
Michael Ray Roach is an American songwriter and country music singer. He signed with Warner Music in Nashville where he released his debut single, Kiss You in the Morning. This single reached number one on the Country Airplay chart. Ray received mentoring by John Rich to compete in The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep where he won.
Think a Little Less recorded by Michael Ray and is from his third single hit from the album released in April 2016. The song was written by Jimmy Robbins, Thomas Rhett, and Barry Dean. The video to this song featured mostly live footage and is created in black and white.
3. Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color
Keith Urban is an Australian-American country music singer. He had charted four singles in Australia before he moved to the United States. Working as a session guitarist, he began his own band known as, The Ranch which only released one album that charted two singles. Signing with Capitol, Urban made a solo American debut with his certified platinum album which produced his first single number one hit on Hot Country Songs chart.
Blue Ain’t Your Color was recorded by Keith Urban and written by Steven Lee Olsen, Clint Lagerberg, and Hillary Lindsey. This song is the fourth single hit from Urban ninth studio album produced through Capital Nashville. The song became a big commercial and chart success topping the Hot Country Songs chart for twelve weeks straight.
2. Jason Aldean – Any Ol’ Barstool
Jason Aldean, also known as Jason Aldine Williams is an American country music singer. He is signed to Broken Bow Records which has released seven albums and 24 singles. Aldean’s album, My Kinda Party has been certified quadruple-platinum and his second album, Night Train is certified double-platinum. Of the singles released by Aldean, 18 of them have reached number one on the Hot Country Song or Country Airplay charts.
Any Ol’ Barstool was recorded by Jason Aldean and released from his seventh studio album. This song was written by Josh Thompson and Deric Ruttan. It was released to radio in December of 2016.
1. Thomas Rhett – Star Of The Show
Thomas Rhett is an American songwriter and country music singer. His father is the famous, Rhett Akins and has released two albums for Big Machine Records. Rhett’s albums have produced ten single hits that have made it to the Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts. Rhett has also written singles for Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, and Jason Aldean. Growing up with country music greats such as Tim McGraw and Brook & Dunn lead Rhett to learn music early and pursue his own successful career.
Star Of The Show was recorded by Thomas Rhett and released to country radio in October of 2016. This song is Rhett’s fifth single from his second album, Tangled Up. This song was written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip and has been featured on the deluxe edition of the 2016 album.
Country music is about the music, plain and simple. Many of the artists pride themselves in filling the stage with musicianship that will defy logic and lyrics that are pure, raw beauty. Country music is rooted in songwriters who have something to share, and fans that are ready to listen. These are the top 10 country songs March 2017 that display this unique music genre.