The Top 10 Country Songs of 2012 on AOL Radio features many favorites such as Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton. Additionally, this was a big year for breakout country artists like Eric Church and Hunter Hayes. See where these artists landed on our countdown and view the entire top ten below, as chosen by AOL Radio country listeners.
It was another big year for country-pop star Carrie Underwood. Her fourth studio album 'Blown Away' made it to number one and produced several successful singles, including the title track. 'Blown Away' was written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear about a female expressing her anger towards her abusive father through a metaphor of a tornado. Tomkins, who also wrote Underwood's 'Before He Cheats' decided to use sound effects, such as a thunderclap in this explosive tune. Like other tracks on the album, the song is darker than her previous work, as Underwood dives into this difficult subject with a lot of emotion. She sings about her attempts of escaping the past: "There's not enough rain in Oklahoma to wash the sins out of that house."
'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye'
Luke Bryan co-wrote this track off 'Taigates & Tanlines' called 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.' The song has a pop-like, catchy melody with memorable lyrics. The radio-friendly tune describes a couple who recently broke up and their potential plans to get back together.
Florida Georgia Line
New country duo Florida Georgia Line released 'Cruise' from their first EP and their first studio album 'Here's to the Good Times.' The feel-good song was co-written by the duo and is one of the strongest lyrical tunes of the year, as they compare a beautiful woman to a song, who makes "me wanna roll my windows down and cruise."
'Drink on It'
This #1 country ballad was the third single from Shelton's third studio album 'Red River Blue.' 'Drink on It' is a love track about falling for a girl at the bar. It was the last song recorded for the album, but it turned out to be a successful one. The single was Shelton's 11th #1 single and one of his favorites on the record.
'Come Over' was written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osbourne for Chesney's album 'Welcome to the Fishbowl.' The powerful tune expresses Chesney's desperate desire for a woman who has previously left him, to come back over. Chesney pleads, 'I told you I wouldn't call, I told you I wouldn't care. But baby climbing the walls gets me nowhere."
Little Big Town
This grammy-nominated song was Little Big Town's first song to reach the top spot on the Country charts. 'Pontoon' is their 1st single from their fifth album 'Tornado.' The idea for this mid-tempo song interestingly came from a publisher, who thought a song also co-written by Natalie Hernby and Luke Laird was called 'Pontoon,' instead of Miranda Lambert's 'Fine Tune.' The single is simply about having a party on a pontoon and it shows off lead singer Karen Fairchild's vocals.
Hunter Hayes broke out as one of the youngest and most successful artists of 2012. The 21-year-old released his self-titled debut album late last year and produced many hit singles including 'Wanted.' The song, which was co-written by Hayes and Troy Verges shows a mature side of Hayes, who sings about loving someone and hoping it gets even better. Hayes sings, "As good as you make me feel, I wanna make you feel better. Better than your fairy tales, better than your best dreams."
Eric Church may enjoy referencing the boss, but the song's meaning has very little to do with Bruce Springsteen. The single, the third one released from his third album 'Chief,' is more about one's memories of relationships in the past. The song features references to Springsteen's songs, including "I'm on Fire," and "Born to Run," but they are just soundtracks to the narrator's past. Church has named this song as his favorite on the album, adding that he has "personally lived that song."
'Drunk on You'
Luke Bryan released 'Drunk On You' earlier this year as his third single from his third studio album 'Tailgates & Tanlines.' The love track takes place in the country and is an easy song for fans to connect to as Bryan sings about spending time with a girl he's madly infatuated with. He says the love is "the best buzz I'm ever gonna find. I'm a little drunk on you, and high on summertime." This is Bryan's second appearance in the top ten, although he falls just shy of the top spot in 2012.
'Take a Little Ride'
This up-tempo country rock song was released this past summer as the first single from Jason Aldean's fifth album 'Night Train.' The fun track is simply about 'taking a little ride' on a truck following a difficult hard week of work. The country star sings in the song, "anyone from the heartland is gonna understand what I'm talkin about, right now, ain't no doubt, we got a game plan." The hit charted as the biggest opening week by a male artist of all time on the Country Digital Songs chart and comes in as AOL Radio's #1 country song of the year.
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