We’ve already released our list of the top ten albums of the year, but here’s our list of the top 15 songs of 2014. Similar to the album list, the songs must have been a part of an album released in 2014 to be considered. Without further ado, our list:
15. “Drunk on a Plane” – Dierks Bentley
This was quite possibly the biggest song of the year, as country fans sang along to the catchy tune we struggled to really fall in love. There just simply wasn’t anything special about this mega hit, which is what earns it the first spot inside our top 15 songs of the year.
14. “Song About a Girl” – Eric Paslay
Paslay’s smooth voice makes nearly any track listenable. The catchy chorus is no different than that of Friday Night. If sung by a Thomas Rhett or Brantley Gilbert it likely would have reached the top of the charts, however this track was meant for Paslay’s voice and he delivered.
13. “Look at You” – Big & Rich
Similar to Garth Brooks, Big & Rich made their return to the country scene with this heartfelt tune. They made their name on country party rock, but since have transitioned to show the genre their songwriting prowess. On “Look at You” the duo explains the overwhelming emotions associated with looking at the girl you love.
12. “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” – Tyler Farr
It wasn’t just guys that fell in love with Farr’s newest single. Farr’s ability to stay in well within his range as he sings shows his maturity from his first number one hit “Redneck Crazy”. His smooth sound earns him and this track a spot on our list.
11. “Neon Light” – Blake Shelton
It won’t take long for a Shelton fan to know that it’s Blake’s voice on this one. However, musically it offers a change of pace. “Neon Light” flows better than most of Shelton’s songs, making it easy to sing along with and easier to fall in love with.
10. “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” – Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill
Sometimes the simplest songs have the ability to bring back some of the strongest memories. That’s exactly what happened when Tim McGraw recorded “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” with his wife Faith Hill. The song was brought to life during the ACM Awards back in April and since has taken off. The slow pace allows listeners not connect with this memory filled track.
9. “People Loving People” – Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks made his return to country music with this inspirational song. “People Loving People” sends all the right messages in a time when they are desperately needed. Despite never reaching the top ten on the charts there’s no doubt that the track deserves a spot inside the top ten.
8. “Invisible” – Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes went back to making music and came back with one of the most emotionally charged country songs in recent memory: “Invisible.” Invisible, the first single off of his sophomore album, Storyline, talks about his struggles with adversity, specifically bullying. Because of this, Hayes performed it at the Grammys garnering a rousing reception.
7. “Leave the Night On” – Sam Hunt
“Leave the Night On” may very well be the biggest song of Sam Hunt’s career and that’s perfectly fine. Hunt took country music by storm over the summer with this feel good, R&B influence hit, and since it’s been the go to song for the younger country crowd. It’s not just the beat that makes this track so good, it’s Hunt’s ability to combine a strong back beat with catchy lyrics.
6. “Give Me Back My Hometown” – Eric Church
Eric Church’s only number one hit of 2014 may very well end up winning a Grammy Award come Febraury. “Give Me Back My Hometown” is a perfect fit for Church’s voice and persona. Similar to “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” the track transports the listener back to a familiar scene as Church reasons with a long lost lover to free his memory of thoughts of her.
5. “I Don’t Dance” – Lee Brice
For the second straight year Brice penned and recorded one of the best songs. “I Don’t Dance” follows a similar pace as “I Drive Your Truck,” but strikes a more loving chord. Brice has found his sweet spot with power ballads that allow him to showcase his song writing ability and his soft crooning vocal style.
4. “Automatic” – Miranda Lambert
The lead single off Lambert’s Platinum is up for two Grammy Awards and already took home the CMA Award for Single of the Year. “Automatic” follows a common theme of country music in 2014, as it transports the listener back to a simpler time.
3. “Something in the Water” – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood reminded everyone in music just how good a vocalist she is with the power ballad “Something in the Water.” Despite not being released until late September, Underwood earned herself a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. Her ability to hit all the notes, gives extra strength to the powerful message delivered by the uplifting hit.
2. “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line
“Dirt” didn’t go down as the biggest song of Florida Georgia Line’s career, but it should go down as their best. The duo showed their ability to sing more than party songs in a big way. After placing the second best album of the year in our roundup the boys of FGL once again find themselves close to the peak position.
1. “Whatever She’s Got” – David Nail
2014 was a great year for David Nail. Not only did he rebound with one of the best albums of 2014, he also had one of the biggest singles of the year with “Whatever She’s Got.” Gone are the days where country fans are unaware of Nail’s ability as a pure vocalist, he showcased just how good he is on this track. It takes a different pace than many of Nail’s previous hits, but because of such it stands out as his best work to date.