Album/Single Reviews

Top 10 Country Songs Of 2020



In our last look-back at 2020, we’ve selected our Top 10 Country songs of 2020 from mainstream artists, including a mix of radio singles and some awesome album cuts!

10. Cassadee Pope – ‘California Dreaming’

Found on Cassadee’s 2020 EP, ‘Rise and Shine’, the fantastic ‘California Dreaming’ features vocals from boyfriend and Nashville star Sam Palladio. The term ‘less is more’ applies here; the stripped-back acoustic melody, gorgeous harmonies and soaring chorus results in one of Cassadee’s finest releases to date.

9. Cam – ‘What Goodbye Means’

A great song from a terrific album. ‘What Goodbye Means’ outlines the deep regret of someone staring at divorce papers, questioning just what went wrong, and it explodes into life with a stunning chorus that showcases Cam as a vocalist at her very best.

8. Gone West – ‘Tides’

We LOVED Gone West’s debut (and final) album, ‘Canyons’, and ‘Tides’ is one of the best from the collection. As is the case with much of the album, ‘Tides’ encapsulates a combination of Californian vibes with Hawaaian beach influences. Dreamy and wonderfully produced; an easy addition to our Top 10.

7. Luke Bryan – ‘Little Less Broken’

2020 saw the release of possibly the best album of Luke Bryan’s career, ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here’, including some of the most traditional-country tracks we’ve heard from the heavy-hitter. ‘Little Less Broken’ has a real throwback vibe, almost sounding like something the Mavericks could record. Here we have a new-found maturity, and most importantly, quality, from Luke and we hope to hear more of this on future albums.

6. William Michael Morgan – ‘Girl Like Mine’

We heard William performing this at Buckle & Boots back in 2019 and instantly fell in love with it. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best song he has released since his #1 chart hit, ‘I Met A Girl’ – don’t let this one fly under your radar if you appreciate your classic, authentic country music. Sublime production, classy vocals and a damn good song from the UK fan favourite.

5. Luke Combs – ‘Without You’

There’s just no stopping Luke Combs. The hit-maker has been breaking records left, right and centre this year, and you know the level of quality you’re going to get with every release of his. This one, featuring acclaimed musician Amanda Shires, is the pick of the bunch from this year. It doesn’t get much better in terms of mainstream country music.

4. Eric Church – ‘Hell Of A View’

This could have been one of a few from The Chief. The level he’s been operating at this year has been phenomenal – with ‘Hell Of A View’, alongside the likes of ‘Through My Ray Bans’ and ‘Doing Life With Me’, the next album is shaping up to be an absolute classic. ‘Hell Of A View’ deserves to be a huge radio hit – one of our favourites from his stellar career so far.

3. Devin Dawson – ‘I Got A Truck’

Speaking of artists at the top of their game, keep an eye on Devin Dawson. His ‘Pink Slip’ EP is coming on January 15th, and the three songs released from it so far are top drawer. ‘I Got A Truck’ is a euphoric masterpiece, packed full of energy that builds throughout the track, and you can feel the personal nature of the song in Devin’s delivery. We can’t wait to hear this one live.

2. Brett Eldredge – ‘Sunday Drive’

Wow, what a song. Sometimes a track comes on that completely stops you in your tracks, and that was certainly the case here. The title track from Brett’s fourth studio album taps into the moment in everybody’s lives where your parents are old and grey, and those familiar ‘Sunday Drives’ become just that little bit more significant. A very special one.

1. Morgan Wallen – ‘7 Summers’

This has been our jam of 2020. Morgan Wallen’s meteoric rise cannot be ignored; he’s country music’s new superstar, following in Luke Combs’ footsteps. ‘7 Summers’ generated a huge reaction when he teased a snippet on social media, and some insane streaming statistics followed its release. A glorious mix of summery country vibes with soul influences, and just gets better with every listen, and deservedly takes this year’s crown! 

Dan Wharton


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