Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Country Pop songs of all time 2017, Country is one of the very largest genres that exist around the world. When you cross that with the biggest genre of all time, pop music, it takes the successes of country music even farther. The songs that are featured on this list represent the greatest examples of Country Pop songs. These are the best that this niche genre has ever seen composed, and each of them represents a blueprint to a successful crossover track that will be equally popular on either of the two major radio station genres.
- #10. “How Do I Live” – LeAnn Rimes – You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs (1997)
- #9. “ I Swear” – John Michael Montgomery – Kickin’ It Up (1994)
- #8. “She’s In Love With The Boy” – Trisha Yearwood – Trisha Yearwood (1991)
- #7. “Just To See You Smile” – Tim McGraw – Everywhere (1997)
- #6. “This Kiss” – Faith Hill – Faith (1998)
- #5. “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker – True Believers (2013)
- #4. “Bless The Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts – Feels Like Today (2000)
- #3. “Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All (1992)
- #2. “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts (2005)
- #1. “Tim McGraw” – Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift (2006)
Here we present the list of top 10 best Country Pop songs of all time 2017.
#10. “How Do I Live” – LeAnn Rimes – You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs (1997)
In 1997, it was very difficult for you not to have known who LeAnn Rimes was. Her song “How Do I Live” was all over the place, and was in a major motion picture as well. So when you are looking towards what songs in the history of Country music have made the best transition onto the pop scene respectively, this is a song that was able to easily leap back and forth. It didn’t require LeAnn Rimes to give up exclusively singing country music either and pursue the broader audiences that Pop music provided, which is nice to see someone sticking to a system that works for them.
#9. “ I Swear” – John Michael Montgomery – Kickin’ It Up (1994)
In 1994, “I Swear” was everywhere. John Michael Montgomery is credited with having released the track first, which became an almost instant success. However, to show its Pop elements present throughout the track, R&B quartet All-4-One would also record the hit song and release it right around the same time. As it was climbing the Country charts for Montgomery, it was mirroring the same successes on the Pop charts for All-4-One. As the songs successes began to recede some, Montgomery’s version would make its way onto pop charts to add new life into the song, and solidify him as the most successful artist to have performed the track to date.
#8. “She’s In Love With The Boy” – Trisha Yearwood – Trisha Yearwood (1991)
Trisha Yearwood is no stranger to pop-based Country anthems. While she would see a great deal of success throughout her career, “She’s In Love With The Boy” would always be her crowning achievement as an artist. This is a song that saw many weeks on the Country charts in 1991, and due to its pop aspects, would also see some bleed over into the Pop stations that favored some Country artists at the time. Perhaps this attributed to the overall success of the track, making this one of the biggest Country singles in 1991.
#7. “Just To See You Smile” – Tim McGraw – Everywhere (1997)
Tim McGraw would see a few singles of his make their way over onto some Pop stations throughout his career. This isn’t even getting into the direct Pop song that he collaborated with rapper Nelly on called “Over and Over Again”. “Just To See You Smile” was a song that was very Pop in its composition and could have been sung by any of the major Pop singers of that time and would have found successes, but as it turns out, even with its distinctive Country flair of steel guitars and twang, McGraw would find success with this song both on the Country charts in 1997 and through limited rotations of the track on Pop specific stations as well.
#6. “This Kiss” – Faith Hill – Faith (1998)
“This Kiss” was one of Faith Hill’s most impressive singles throughout her career. Given the fact that Faith doesn’t have a distinctly Country voice, the song became an easy choice for an anthem with crossover potential. Given that the bubbly track was about being head over heels in love, these themes could have easily appealed to either audience on both styles of radio stations. And that’s precisely what would occur, as the song would have a great reception through the Country music audiences as well as moderate success on Pop charts throughout 1998.
#5. “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker – True Believers (2013)
Darius Rucker saw a lot of success on both Country and Pop stations with his cover of the popular track “Wagon Wheel”. While there are a lot of elitists that only honor the first and original version of this song (recorded and written by Old Crow Medicine Show), you literally cannot dispute the successes that former Hootie and the Blowfish Singer has seen through performing this song. This would be his first and (so far) only crossover hit, as before now his tracks were either specifically Country as Darius Rucker or specifically pop as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish through the 1990s.
#4. “Bless The Broken Road” – Rascal Flatts – Feels Like Today (2000)
Rascal Flatts have written two songs that were able to crossover successfully and get regular rotations on pop stations throughout their whirlwind of a career. The first of these, and arguably the much less successful of the two, was their cover of “Life Is A Highway” which was released alongside the popular Disney Pixar film Cars. The more successful crossover release was their love anthem “Bless The Broken Road”, which would be a universally accepted song as pushing through the hard times to find the one that you were always meant to be with.
#3. “Achy Breaky Heart” – Billy Ray Cyrus – Some Gave All (1992)
The early 1990s would be taken by storm by this Billy Ray Cyrus single. While people look back now and laugh about the campy lyrics, as well as Cyrus’s impressive mullet in the video, it was undeniable that the song was a huge success. Even with its exclusively Country styling and instrumentation, the song would inevitably find moderate success on some Pop stations, mainly during the peak of its successes on the Country charts. Cyrus would have few singles throughout his career, and literally nothing would compare to the successes of “Achy Breaky Heart” through the early 1990s.
#2. “Before He Cheats” – Carrie Underwood – Some Hearts (2005)
Carrie Underwood has written several songs under the banner of Country music, but that have become broader successes on Pop charts and radio stations. One of the songs that best shows this success on simultaneous charts would be “Before He Cheats”. This is a track all about getting back at the two-timing man that is running around on her. After taking out all of her frustrations on his precious truck, Underwood caps it all off by saying “maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats”. While it might seem a little over the top, “Before He Cheats” kind of became an anthem for strong and independent woman. Look out guys, Underwood just gave these gals a lot of ideas about what to do when they get really upset.
#1. “Tim McGraw” – Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift (2006)
Taylor Swift is the very best example of a country music artist finding huge successes on the pop charts. Since her earliest release, the self-titled debut in 2006, Swift has been pumping out hit after hit on one chart or another. “Tim McGraw” was her very first single, and it was the first track that would also cross over to find a home on pop stations and get into the rotations, this would forever open that crossover door for each subsequent release that Swift made to also be universally accepted. These days, the artist is almost exclusively making Pop music for the much broader global audience that the genre provides, though it is undeniable that her start came undeniably through Country music like her debut single “Tim McGraw”.
These are the very best examples of artists that were able to successfully transition individual tracks over to the pop stations for regular circulation. Some of these artists were able to consistently do this, eventually making the complete change to being solely pop artists. But for the sake of this list, these 10 songs are the best examples of Country Pop that have ever been created in the history of the Country subgenre.