You know how hard it is to come up with a Top 20 list of all the great songs that are released in a year? It’s difficult as all heck. To make our lives a tad bit easier, we narrowed it down to the songs that received significant airplay on country radio. We have a separate posting about our favorite songs that flew under the radar in 2018.
In no particular order, these are our 20 favorite songs from 2018 that received significant airplay on country radio.
“Tequila” – Dan + Shay
This became their 4th number one song and arguably their biggest song to date with nearly 500,000 digital sales. It might not be long before “Speechless” leap frogs it though.
“I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” – Jake Owen
It was hard to get this one out of our heads, but we aren’t complaining. It’s a cool concept for a song that Jake executed flawlessly.
“Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood
While it didn’t reach #1, the song was Carrie’s first single in about two years and became the lead single on her latest album also called Cry Pretty.
“Drunk Me” – Mitchell Tenpenny
“Drunk Me” introduced Mitchell Tenpenny to country music fans this year and the fans responded. Tenpenny and his raspy voice reached the top of the charts with this jam.
“Best Shot” – Jimmie Allen
Country music good guy Jimmie Allen has a helluva story. After years of sacrifice and dealing with defeat, he has gained a nice following, especially with “Best Shot” hitting #1. You’re going to hear a lot more Jimmie Allen in 2019.
“Meant to Me” – Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha
Whether you think the song is pop, country, or country-pop the fact of the matter is that it had tremendous success on country radio and especially digital sales. It’s arguably the biggest song of the last decade and might be Florida Georgia Line’s most notable song, passing “Cruise.”
“Five More Minutes” – Scotty McCreery
It’s weird to think that this was Scotty’s first #1 but the powerful song resonated with fans and helped jump start his career again after switching record labels.
“Heaven” – Kane Brown
Kane proved that “What Ifs” wasn’t just a one hit wonder. Heaven reached #1, went double platinum with over 650,000 digital sales. He’s a bonafide star now.
“Break Up in the End” – Cole Swindell
Singing about heartbreak is right in Cole’s wheelhouse and this song became a smash hit and the leading single off of his latest album, All of it.
“Kiss Somebody” – Morgan Evans
The husband of Kelsea Ballerini has some singing chops of his own. This song gave him his first ever number one song and put him on the map as a legitimate singer himself.
“All on Me” – Devin Dawson
This fun song gave Devin his introduction to country music radio as well as country music fans. The California native is definitely someone to keep your eye on going forward.
“She Got the Best of Me” – Luke Combs
This song became Luke’s fourth #1 in the last two years and he is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
“Get Along” – Kenny Chesney
These types of songs often seem forced, but with Kenny it seems natural. This catchy song was the positive message we needed to hear this year.
“Blue Tacoma” – Russell Dickerson
Russell burst on to the country scene with his smash love song “Yours.” But with Blue Tacoma’s success he’s showing the world he’s no one hit wonder.
“Mercy” – Brett Young
Brett is a star, who is quickly becoming a superstar. This emotional song became his third #1 from his debut album.
“Hotel Key” – Old Dominion
Old Dominion is at the top of their game. We couldn’t get sick of this one, no matter how many times we heard the memorable opening.
“Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson
Chris had one of the best songs of the year with “Drunk Girl.” Aimed with a powerful message and smooth country voice this song became a huge hit amongst all country fans.
“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
T-Rhett tried his best to prepare us for this song when he released his album in 2017. The powerfully sad, yet relatable ballad gave him his 10th number one hit.
“Rich” – Maren Morris
Maren is just scratching the surface to her potential and this fun song was lyrically catchy that stayed in our heads all year.
“Take Back Home Girl” – Chris Lane and Tori Kelly
Male/female duets have such a nice sound to them and Chris couldn’t have picked a better voice to team up with than Tori. While it had crossover potential, the lyrics and messaging is as country as you can get.