Picture this: It’s summer, the breeze is blowing through your ~perfectly~ wind-blown hair, while you and your besties are cruising down the highway with your windows rolled down. It doesn’t matter if you were born in the middle of a Manhattan, there are certain country songs that even the biggest city slicker can’t help but belt out. Especially in the heat of summer.
1. “Jolene” – Dolly Parton
If there is any Country artist that can make you want to get up and dance, it’s Dolly Parton. Who knew a song about a gal asking another gal to back off her man would make you feel so empowered? It’s relatable, it’s danceable, and it’s well sung. What more could you want?
2. “Any Man Of Mine” – Shania Twain
Shania Twain has the ability to make everyone fall in love with her songs, even those who aren’t huge fans of country. The key is to create catchy songs that you know people are going to want to sing to. **Extra points if you make them girl anthems.** Win over a girl trying to get over a breakup and you’ve hit gold.
3. “Bartender” – Lady Antebellum
Are you following the trend? It doesn’t matter what genre the music is if the song is both kick-butt and empowering, I am here for it. Any song that encourages you to forget about your past and just go out with your squad because YOU deserve it, is a song we should all show up for.
4. “Country Roads” – John Denver
I may be biased because I am a native West Virginian, but regardless of that fact, this song is on countless playlists around the world. Even my European friends know all the words when it comes on. It’s a classic and there is no denying it. I know you all wish John Denver wrote this song about your state, but you just can’t beat the gold and blue.
5. “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
You don’t have to love country, heck, even like it, to fall in love with this song. There is something so pure and wonderful about it. It’s just a man loving his gal and expressing it through some beautifully poetic lyrics. I am pretty sure this song has girls all around the word buying a plane ticket to Georgia in search of their own Thomas Rhett.
6. “I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
I will never forget how often my girl squad and I tore our speakers apart senior year of high school playing this song. Even better, it led to the best conversation about men from my best friend’s momma. She said something along the lines of , “If your current love doesn’t make you feel the way this song does, then it’s definitely not worth your time. Because love SHOULD be crazy…but good crazy.” *Mic Drop* GURL. It’s so simple yet we all need to be reminded of that sometimes.
7. “Life is a Highway” – Rascall Flatts
I honestly won’t believe you if you tell me you don’t sing along to this song when it comes on. Also, how has the movie Cars been out for 11 years? This song was released for it 11 years ago…Do you feel old? I feel old. It’s technically labeled “children’s music” but we all know that its true genre is Country.
8. “Chicken Fried” – Zac Brown Band
This song is painfully country but also painfully catchy. When this song would come on at any high school function, I would initially cringe, but by the end I was screaming along with everyone else. Was it peer pressure or just that some songs are too catchy to hate? Let’s go with the latter.
9. “Stuck Like Glue” – Sugarland
I don’t trust you if you don’t enjoy singing this song. It’s the perfect slumber party jam for you and your squad and has been since 2010. I’ll admit, the music video is super creepy, but the important thing is that this song will make you want to party all night long.
10. “Cowboy Take Me Away” – Dixie Chicks
Who doesn’t love a good Dixie Chicks tune? The devil, that’s who. Don’t be the devil. The Dixie Chicks are like the classic, “I hate country but I totally love whatever this is” band. I, personally, think it’s because they lean more towards folk than country. Therefore, a wider range of people will be interested in their music. Just a theory, though.
11. “Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
If we are being totally honest, I am not 100 percent sure that people who don’t like country will like this one. BUT it never fails to make the passengers in my car start singing along like there’s no tomorrow. It’s impossible to not shout the chorus. Impossible. Take a short interlude from your EDM and give this song a chance. Your ears may thank me.