I'm not sure if it's the warmer temperatures, the sunshine, or the influx of that added Vitamin D, but the summer always seems to offer better music.
This summer has been no exception and while I still turn back to my old favorites, here are the Top 10 new country songs I'm listening to right now:
- Honey Bee - Blake Shelton. He's been everywhere this summer and for good reason. Keep those hits coming Blake.
- Am I the Only One - Dierks Bentley. Who doesn't love a good 'let's go out and party' song to kick off their summer?
- Just a Kiss - Lady Antebellum. The super-trio has done it again. An infectious melody with relatable lyrics. Look for this to go #1 very soon.
- Homeboy - Eric Church. The song is catchy, relatable and direct, and the video is powerful. Church is definetly making his mark in the country market and could very well be the next Blake Shelton in a few years.
- You Lie - The Band Perry. This group of youngsters is coming out strong on the charts. Plus, you can never go wrong writing a good ole 'done me wrong' country tune.
- Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett. This one isn't as strong in the Buffalo market yet, but yet is the operative word. Sunshine and water are what makes this the perfect summer tune.
- Dirt Road Anthem - Jason Aldean. Country-rap? While I wasn't a fan at first, this song has a draw that I cannot explain.
- Mean - Taylor Swift. The 21 year old does it again, this time hopping on the anti-bullying train in this bluegrass-esque tune that will have all the young country fans singing along.
- If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore. Summer may induce happy thoughts, but this one tugs at the heart strings which is what country music at its core does best.
- You and Tequila - Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter. Did someone say Tequila? Cudos to Chesney who is venturing away from his Jimmy Buffett track and trying a duet for a change. While Chesney is the star, Grace Potter makes this song what it is.
So there it is, my Top 10. Do you agree? What is in your Top 10 Summer 2011? Leave me your thoughts below.