The Perfect List: Top 10 Country Songs of 2020

While the title is in jest, I am assuming I have listened to more music this year than 95% of the population that creates these types of lists.   In 2020, I listened to at least part of every single record that showed up in “Suggested New Albums” section of Tidal.   Each Friday release day that section gets updated with new releases and there’s usually between 80-120 titles weekly, so let’s cut that down the middle and say 100 a week.    I have listened to at least the first couple tracks of every one of these releases no matter the genre.   If neither of the first two tracks were good, I moved on.  If either one was even remotely worth listening to, I listened to the whole album.   My logic being of course is that most artists at least put one of the best songs on the album right up front to grab the listener,  so logically if I’m not interested in either of the first two,  then the rest of the album won’t be much better.   So let’s say over the course of the last 51 weeks, I have listened to at least part of 5100 albums and while I don’t have a count of all the records I listened to in full,  I’m sure it has to be in the 60-70% range.   As a guy who’s always gravitated towards lists and rankings but realizing that the person writing them probably listened to virtually nothing, I feel damn good that these are at least solid lists, if not great ones.  Of course, they still must be in my wheelhouse, but my tastes are as wide open as anyone I know.   So yeah, these are perfect lists.   Just go with it.

  • Ranking: #10
  • Artist: Brandon Ratcliff
  • Song: Rules of Breaking Up
  • Album: Sometimes Always Never EP
  • Release Date: 8/21/2020
  • Label: Monument
  • Ranking: #9
  • Artist: RaeLynn
  • Song: Keep Up
  • Album: Baytown
  • Release Date 8/14/2020
  • Label: Round Here
  • Ranking: #8
  • Artist: Kip Moore
  • Song: Sweet Virginia
  • Album: Wild World
  • Release Date: 5/29/2020
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Ranking: #7
  • Artist: Spencer Crandall; Julia Cole
  • Song: Things I Can’t Say
  • Album: Wilderness
  • Release Date: 11/6/2020
  • Label: None
  • Ranking: #6
  • Artist: The Shires
  • Song: Good Years
  • Album: Good Years
  • Release Date: 3/13/2020
  • Label: BMG
  • Ranking: #5
  • Artist: The Cadillac Three
  • Song: Sweet Southern Spirit
  • Album: Tobasco and Sweet Tea
  • Release Date: 10/23/2020
  • Label: Big Machine
  • Ranking: #4
  • Artist: Gabby Barrett
  • Song: Goldmine
  • Album: Goldmire
  • Release Date: 6/19/2020
  • Label: Warner Nashville
  • Ranking: #3
  • Artist: Will Hoge
  • Song: The Overthrow
  • Album: Tiny Little Movies
  • Release Date: 6/26/2020
  • Label: EDLO
  • Ranking: #2
  • Artist: Tenille Townes
  • Song: White Horse
  • Album: The Lemonade Stand
  • Release Date: 6/26/2020
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
  • Ranking: #1
  • Artist: The Cadillac Three
  • Song: Labels
  • Album: Country Fuzz
  • Release Date: 2/7/2020
  • Label: Big Machine
  • Notes: Yep, two songs from what is now my favorite Country artist. They released two albums in 2020, so fair game!

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