10. “Ask Me How I Know” by Garth Brooks
It’s that time of year. The “best-of” time. 2017 was such an amazing year for country, this list could contain 50 and not be complete. But that’s not how it works. So here’s our list of our personal favorite top 10 country singles of 2017, which should definitely be on your playlist–if there aren’t already.
The first on our list is Garth Brooks‘ new hit, “Ask Me How I Know.” This is Brooks’ 20th No. 1 hit, and his first smash single since retuning from retirement.
9. “I Could Use A Love Song” by Maren Morris
2017 was a big year for Marin Morris. She got engaged, was CMA-nomiated, and won a modeling contract. Her mournful “I Could Use a Love Song” actually puts a positive spin on a breakup–who knew a country song could do that and not include fishing?
8. “When It Rains It Pours” by Luke Combs
The “Hurricane” singer came back with another big hit in 2017. “‘When It Rains It Pours” is a fun play on words, considering that phrase usually references frustration. Combs continues to be consistent with his music, producing a nice mix of contemporary country with honkey tonk themes.
7. “I’ll Name the Dogs” by Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton definitely conjures us a picturesque image of rural life with his fireside “I’ll Name the Dogs.” It’s a song that harkens back to now-antiquated themes of country, which focused on the pleasures of simple, country life.
6. “Body Like A Back Road” by Sam Hunt
This smash hit for Hunt was his most successful song to date. With pithy lyrics and a hip-hop flair, this song definitely broke bounds–and records.
5. “Craving You” by Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris
Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris come in at No. 3 on our top country singles list for 2017. “Craving You” is a highly sensual, bordering on obsessive track that helped catapult both of their careers.
4. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” wasn’t just on our list–it won the CMA for “Single of the Year.” Urban tends to push the bounds of country, which is exactly what he did with this mega-hit. The song has a definitive easy-listening, Michael Buble feel.
3. “Millionaire” by Chris Stapleton
Focusing on riches from the more valuable aspects of life, “Millionaire” is an uncharacteristically sweet song from a guy used to singing about whiskey, women, and weed. And with the announcement that he and his wife, Morgane, are expecting twins, Stapelton certainly has to feel like a “Millionaire.”
2. “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert
There’s nothing decidedly different from Kenny Chesney’s original of this song, except that Miranda gives a grittier, more emotionally stripped-down version. The song was included on her 2017 Weight of These Wings double-album, which she acknowledges was part of her healing from her divorce.
1. “Better Man” by Little Big Town
It’s interesting that Taylor Swift authored this, but didn’t record it. Perhaps she didn’t want yet another lost love title to her credit? Regardless, the harmonies LBT are known for are spectacular on this song. And for anyone who grew up in the 90s, it’s nothing like the Pearl Jam hit by the same title.