The top country songs of 2010 are filled with gentle, homespun advice on proper living, tales of romantic conquests, and acoustic odes to simpler times in the songwriters' lives. So far, at least, our list is free of dance-craze theme songs, but there's still plenty of time left in the year. As rated by AOL Radio listeners, here are the Top Country Songs of 2010.
'Our Kind of Love'
The hits keep coming for Lady A, including this uptempo, third single from the trio's album 'Need You Know.' The song blends a sharp, poppy piano line with more traditional country instrumentation to tell the tale of a couple who keep their romance fresh by treating life like an open highway.
Hard-rocking country music goes meta in Aldean's fourth straight Top 20 hit from his album 'Wide Open.' The crooner sings about, well, writing top country songs and making a name for yourself in "Crazytown," aka Nashville or "Hollywood with a touch of twang." So why pursue it? Simple: "We all came here to make it."
Atkins recently added this single to a deluxe version of his hit album 'It's America.' It's a tale of summertime seduction with two very wholesome twists: One, there's no conflict with a protective or vengeful father, and two, our hero marries the daughter and proudly delights in their domestic bliss.
'Rain Is a Good Thing'
Here's the theory, as postulated by the top country songwriter-agriculturist on our list: "Rain is a good thing," because "rain makes corn, and corn makes whiskey, and whisky makes my baby feel a little frisky." Off Bryan's sophomore album, 'Doin' My Thing,' the song was written alongside best friend Dallas Davidson, in efforts to make them feel better about unexpected rain.
'Love Like Crazy'
The title track from Brice's 2010 album shares the story of a man with 58 years of married bliss under his belt, dishing advice that is anything but crazy or abstract. Always do your best, love her, tell the truth. Sounds so simple, right?
'American Honey' is the second single, and second song on our chart, from the band's smash hit 'Need You Now.' Old-fashioned guitars and violins blend with modern drum machines, as lead singer Hillary Scott longs to return to the innocent summers of her childhood, reminiscing on "nothings sweeter than summertime" where "church bells ring and strong love grows."
'She Won't Be Lonely Long'
See, now, if you're thinking you're gonna break up with your girlfriend, make darn sure you're not gonna want her back. Why? Because, have no doubt, someone like Mr. Walker here will be ready to win her heart quickly, as he cheerfully explains while you cry in your beer, on the title track to his 2010 album.
Pulling from the band's own experience crisscrossing the country in a tour bus, this romantic, acoustic ballad is an ode to living a life free and in love, "travel[ing] all across this land, me and you."
Uh-oh, country music's favorite American Idol winner is ticked off at you on this bold, angry and somehow almost danceable song from last year's 'Play On.' All your stuff's out on the street and she's not even gonna ever say your name again. But what did you expect, "you stole [her] happy," you big jerk!
'The House That Built Me'
The third single from last year's 'Revolution,' and lead horse in our "Best Country Song of 2010" race, is a sweetly-plucked acoustic ballad that finds Lambert returning to her childhood home. It's now occupied by other people, but she hopes to reconnect with her former self there, in order to heal from unspecified troubles and stresses caused by her current life.