21 Of The Best Country Songs Of The 2010s

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Country music in the 2010s was going through a bit of an identity crisis, taking strides away from the traditional twang and steel guitars to featuring inspirations from different music genres such as hip-hop, EDM, and pop music. 

With a mixture of superstar country music performers like Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Tim McGraw and the fresh newbies like Dan + Shay and Kacey Musgraves, the 2010s assisted in shaping country music into the mainstream music genre it is today. 

Regardless of inspiration or growing pangs, country music songs of the 2010s are still robust, definitive, and quintessential even today. Here is our list of the 21 best country songs of the 2010s.

Related: For more like this, check out our list of the top country songs here.

1. “The House that Built Me” by Miranda Lambert

Starting off our list is the incredible country music queen Miranda Lambert and her hit song “The House that Built Me.” 

This tune climbed faster in the music charts than any other song of her career. A nostalgic song about a childhood home, “The House that Built Me” tugs on heartstrings as successfully as Lambert strums the haunting acoustic guitar strings. 

“The House that Built Me” propelled the success of Lambert, leading her to win a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

2. “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town

Little Big Town released “Girl Crush” as the second single off of their sixth album in 2014. Recounting the tale of a girl jealous of another girl who has the guy she wants, 

“Girl Crush” is a classic story of desiring what you can’t have and the nightmare that causes the heart. 

“Girl Crush” spent thirteen weeks on top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs and snared two Grammys for Little Big Town, including Best Country Song. 

Confirming what we all know, misery does love company. 

3. “Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves stormed onto the country music scene in the early 2010s and has not looked back since then. 

In October of 2013, Musgraves released the hit song, “Follow Your Arrow.” The song backs the idea of staying authentic to yourself no matter the circumstances or conditions.

It was as popular to dance to in the neighborhood pub as in the local honky-tonk establishment. Everyone loved to kick up their heels (and spurs) to this catchy and tail-shaking tune. 

It is no surprise that Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Follow Your Arrow” as number eight on their list of the 100 Best Dance Songs of Decades 2010s.

4. “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker

When Darius Rucker switched to writing and singing country music from pop music, nobody probably anticipated him to do as well as he did. He proved them wrong.

In 2013, Rucker released his version of the Bob Dylan song “Wagon Wheel” and won a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. 

Rucker seamlessly blends his down-home tone with the folky manner Bob Dylan was known for in this incredible song. 

Certified eight times as Platinum, making it one of the top five most popular country singles ever, “Wagon Wheel” easily achieved its place as one of the best songs of the 2010s.

5. “Nobody to Blame” by Chris Stapleton

By the time country music superstar Chris Stapleton released “Nobody to Blame” in 2015, he was already a household name in the hearts of country music fans. 

The song is a gut-wrenching song, full of suffering, sadness, and steel guitar. 

Reminiscent of the legendary Waylon Jennings, the lyris describes the saga of a man whose wife left him and shifted his life into a country song. 

Stapleton’s unique voice and tone combine bluegrass and blues and blazes through in this song.

“Nobody to Blame” was Stapleton’s first single to win Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, securing its place on our list.

6. “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw

When the legendary country music writer Lorraine McKenna penned “Humble and Kind,” she was solely thinking about her family. 

When country music megastar Tim McGraw put his incredible voice to it, “Humble and Kind” became an anthem for families worldwide and was beloved by millions.

The song went on to be acknowledged as extraordinary by cleaning up at numerous award shows. 

“Humble and Kind” won a Grammy for Best Country Song, “Video of the Year” at the CMT Music Awards, “Song of the Year” at Country Music Awards, and “Country Song of the Year” at American Music Awards, “Humble and Kind.”

“Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw quickly established just how much the lyrics connected with so many people.

7. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban

Crooning about a lonely woman at a local watering hole, country music superstar Keith Urban proclaims to her that “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” 

Achieving number one on the US Hot Country Songs chart and hanging out there for twelve weeks, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” seemed to speak to everyone that listened to it. 

Between the incredible guitar licks, the soulful vocals, and Urban’s legendary sexy style, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” had many people in the 2010s wishing it was their color.

8. “Even Though I’m Leaving” by Luke Combs

Few things are as potent and meaningful as the relationship between a father and son. 

The song “Even Though I’m Leaving” leads the listeners through a tear-jerking saga of a little boy frightened of monsters, a young man frightened of departing for the military, and finally, an adult man frightened of his father’s death. 

Part of the tremendous draw of this song is how diverse it is in style and cadence from anything else Combs had been putting out for fans. 

“Even Though I’m Leaving” peaked at eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and anchored at number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

9. “Springsteen” by Eric Church

Utilizing Eric Church’s musical hero Bruce Springsteen as the backbone and backdrop, the song “Springsteen” was born. 

Becoming the first song of Church to reach the top twenty on Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Springsteen” conveys the importance of the idea of music being wrapped up tightly with our memories. 

And while this song might not sound like traditional country music, there is no fiddle or steel guitar anywhere to be encountered; the sexy crooning of Eric Church’s voice and the expressive lyrics made “Springsteen” one of the classics.

10. “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood

“Something in the Water” has been characterized as optimistic, inspirational, and moving.

Reaching number one on Billboard’s Hot Country and Hot Christian Songs lists, “Something in the Water” describes the story of an individual who transforms their life after baptism. 

The song also gained Underwood a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance, and she clarified “Something in the Water” as “an uplifting song about changing your life for the better and kind of having that ‘a-ha’ moment.” 

When Underwood tacks on the sample of Amazing Grace at the end of the tune, there is no doubting why so many people describe the song as angelic.

11. “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice

Inspired by the real story of an American soldier killed in action, “I Drive Your Truck” is a passionate, inspirational, and heartfelt song. 

Describing how the brother of the killed soldier continues to drive his brother’s truck as a tribute and to his brother’s memory, it is hard not to tear up when hearing it. 

“I Drive Your Truck” struck a chord with listeners because of how effortlessly it was to connect to and empathize with the hurt the brother feels in the piece. 

Driving into the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and number one on the Country Airplay chart, “I Drive Your Truck” is an unforgettable and exceptional song from the 2010s.

12. “Tequila” by Dan + Shay

Country music has its fair share of duos, but very few make such an impact on country music as Dan + Shay did. The group’s hit song “Tequila” adds to our repertoire of notable country songs. 

The song is a nostalgic country heartbreaker tune about how the tequila reminds the singer of their love. 

Reaching number one on the Hot Country Songs charts and winning the duo a Grammy for Song of the Year, Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” painful lyrics embraced the emotions that so many can easily relate to.

13. “The Daughters” by Little Big Town

“The Daughters” by Little Big Town is a soul-stirring ballad about the difficulty many girls feel today in the modern world. 

“The Daughters” discovered itself as a country music anthem for the #metoo movement

Challenging why antiquated standards are still being placed on the young women of this generation, “The Daughters” is a notable piece of the 2010s that goes farther than just telling the tale of heartbreak.

14 “Burning House” by Cam

Country music superstar Cam does a superb job of forming a haunting metaphor of a house fire to embody a dying relationship. 

“Burning House” peaked at number two on Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts and reached certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with its release. 

“Burning House” was inspired by a dream that Cam had of attempting to save her ex-boyfriend from a burning house. The song easily mirrors this dreamlike aesthetic and is truly unique and unforgettable.

15. “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean

Categorized as a country rap song, “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean is the true definition of an anthem. 

Trumpeting pride in and for the United States, values, and memories, “Dirt Road Anthem” effortlessly topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. 

It also achieved the rank of the best-selling song in digital history by a male country solo artist in the United States.

 In 2011 at the CMT Music Awards, Rapper Ludacris performed the song with Aldean, warranting the song praise from music listeners other than country music fans.

16. “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” by Ashley McBryde

An experience that Ashley McBryde had with her high school algebra teacher was the inspiration for the next song on our list. 

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” recounts the emotional story of a little girl pushing her dreams to come true, despite the odds. “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” reached the top forty of the Country Airplay chart after spending over twenty weeks on the chart. 

The song does an incredible job of integrating strong writing with a vulnerable vocal. “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” delivers insight and inspiration to anyone who listens to it.

17.“You & Tequila” by Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter

Another song on our list of top country songs of the 2010s that highlights that vexing spirit of tequila, “You & Tequila,” is the classic country story of attempting to drink away the memory of love lost. 

The song received two nominations for Grammy Awards and became a staple in many country music fans’ music libraries. 

Merging chaos with simplicity in the song the same way tequila does in the head, “You & Tequila” is easy to identify with when you hear it.

18. “Drunk Girl” by Chris Janson

A song about men exhibiting respect to women, focusing on a young woman who has become intoxicated, “Drunk Girl” by Chris Janson is much more than just a country song. 

The song champions respecting all women in all circumstances. 

Besides being a popular song with country music fans, more importantly, the song “Drunk Girl” sparked essential conversations.

19. “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett

We are rounding out our list with “Marry Me” by Thomas Rhett. 

The song is an intimate and heartwrenching ballad in which the narrator watches the woman he wishes was he marry someone else. 

“Marry Me” spent six weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart, eventually peaking at number two. Country music fans loved the video because of the cliffhanger that happens at the end.

20. “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” by Billy Currington

“Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” is a lighthearted ode to the simple pleasure of knocking back a few cold ones. The narrator paints a picture of a carefree life spent lounging around in the sun with friends, enjoying the taste of beer and the relaxed feeling it brings. 

There’s no need for anything fancy or complicated – just good old-fashioned fun. The song has a catchy hook and an infectious beat, making it the perfect summertime anthem. 

Whether kicking back on the beach or hanging out in your backyard, this song will put you in the perfect mood for sipping on some cold brews.

21. “Smoke A Little Smoke” by Eric Church

Eric Church’s “Smoke A Little Smoke” is a fun, upbeat song about indulging in a little bit of vice.

The song’s narrator is caught up in the moment, and he’s not afraid to let loose and have a good time. 

The chorus encourages listeners to “smoke a little smoke” and “drink a little drink,” and the narrator promises they’ll have a great time if they do. 

The song is clearly meant to be taken lightly, but it still has an element of truth to it. Everyone needs to let loose and have fun occasionally, and “Smoke A Little Smoke” is the perfect anthem for those moments.

Summing Up Our List Of 2010s Country Songs

So there you have it; some of the best country music to come out of the 2010s. What we love about country music is its versatility. 

Country music is an influential and significant genre. Country music can convey so many different stories; whether about heartbreak or love, saying goodbye or saying hello, there is a song for every circumstance. 

These are our top picks. What are yours?

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Written by Laura Macmillan
Laura has over 12 years experience teaching both classical and jazz saxophone and clarinet. She now resides in California where she works as a session and live performer.