We seem to be emerging from the post-Christmas, new year stagnation that affects the release schedules and the charts every year. It’s time to highlight some of the tunes that may well be gracing the top of the Billboard country charts. These are our current 10 tunes that we suggest you look out for, in no order of preference.
Ryan Follese – ‘Put A Label On It’
Ryan has a dual career. He fronts a rock band, Hot Chelle Rae, but also has a solo career as a country singer and was born in Nashville. He is signed with Big Machine records and this is the follow up to ‘Float your Boat’. It was also one of six tracks that Follese released as an EP in September last year. With the backing of BMG, we expect a chart place for this up-beat radio friendly grower that has a Florida Georgia Line feel to it.
Drew Baldridge – ‘Rebound’
Another up and coming artist who is signed to a major Nashville label. We featured him in our artist round-up last June when his album ‘Dirt On Us’ came out. Since then there have been extensive US tours but no serious chart action. This may change with the release of ‘Rebound’, a mid-tempo country ballad that seems to be gaining some momentum.
Love and Theft – ‘Candyland’
It may be fair to say that Love and Theft need another serious country chart hit. They hit the heights back in 2011 with ‘Angel Eyes’ that reached No 1 but since then they haven’t been able to crack the top 30. This is their first serious chart contender since 2014’s ‘Whiskey On My Breath’, and this is their first release from a forthcoming album, their first for new label Curb Records.
Billy Currington – ‘Do I Make You Wanna’
This was released to country radio in November last year and it’s beginning to show signs of a growth spurt up the US country charts. It’s a song that was included on Currington’s ‘Summer Forever’ album that came out in June 2015, so it’s certainly not new. As a fourth release from the album the single shows the quality of ‘Summer Forever’, but we are desperate to hear some new Currington material.
Hunter Hayes – ‘Yesterday’s Song’
Hunter’s lead single from a new album that is due shortly. It was released to radio in October 2016 but is still to make a dent in the charts. However, such is the nature of the complicated radio chart formats, we can’t write it off yet. We can expect this to be part of Hunter’s set list at his upcoming C2C appearance.
Morgan Wallen – ‘The Way I Talk’
Morgan was a contestant on series 6 of The Voice in the states and chose Usher rather than Blake. He didn’t progress beyond the sing-offs but has now signed with Big Loud Records, and his debut single ‘The Way I Talk’ might just start his career off nicely. He is a stable mate of Chris Lane who seems to be prospering nicely under the label’s direction, so expect plenty of placements for Wallen this year
Chase Bryant – ‘Room To Breath’
Another one that seems to be taking an age to get to where Bryant would want it to be. This was released in July last year and was expected to be the lead single from his new album, the first since his self-titled album was released in September 2014.
Bryant will be appearing at C2C on the 10th March so expect this one to receive an airing.
Midland – ‘Drinkin’ Problem’
It’s been a while since this first came to our attention but it seems that Big Machine are now about to give this song the push that it deserves. Traditional country, and with William Michael Morgan showing the way to the top of the charts, can we now dream that Midland follow suit? It will officially be re-released on February 27th.
Tucker Beathard – ‘Momma and Jesus’
The official follow-up to the debut smash ‘Rock On’, Tucker’s recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live would have surely given this single the push it needed. He’s also out on the road supporting Brantley Gilbert on the ‘Devil Don’t Sleep’ tour, so huge exposure for an artist that seems to be guided well by Dot Records.
Seth Ennis – ‘Woke Up In Nashville’
Another C2C performer and another slow builder chart-wise. He was recently nominated as one of Rolling Stone’s 10 new country artists you need to know, and he is signed to Arista records so seems to be ticking all the right boxes. This song is being spun endlessly on US country radio so expect chart action very soon.