1. “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) – Gary Allan
This track finds Gary Allan returning to the charts of Country radio with what has become the best-selling, biggest hit of his nearly 20 year career. It’s Country, It’s Rock. It’s Gary Allan, perhaps the best and First ‘Modern Country Rock artist (he did, after all record Modern Rock band Vertical Horizon’s “Best I Ever Had” and turn it into a signature hit).
2. “Creepin’” – Eric Church
A Modern Country Rock superstar with the attitude to match. Eric Church and his producer Jay Joyce stuck with a sound that Country Radio was reluctant to embrace. Now they can’t get enough with “Creepin’ scoring a Top 5 hit and a Gold certification in the process.
3. Take A Little Ride” – Jason Aldean
What else can be said about Jason Aldean’s Modern Country Rock sound except to say that each of his album’s has held at least one such song. Like Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks, Aldean has the midas touch when it comes to choosing songs for his albums, songs that fit him (and maybe no one else). Take A Little Ride is one such song.
4. “Tornado” – Little Big Town
More known for their Classic Rock meets Country sound than Modern Country Rock, Little Big Town is nonetheless worthy of being on this list thanks to their work with Jay Joyce and their recording of this brilliant, brilliant track from their album of the same name. It was also the quartet’s second #1 hit after “Pontoon,” another song which almost made this list.
5. “How Country Feels” – Randy Houser
Randy Houser is one of Country Music’s best vocalists and now he can add consistent hit maker to his title as this tune not only hit Gold for the singer but it also re-established him as both a Radio star and a Modern Country Rocker (who still sings some of the best Traditional Country songs released in 2013). This or follow-up “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” could’ve been found on this list.
6. “Get Your Shine On” – Florida Georgia Line
The second Platinum+ hit of FGL’s ‘overnight success’ career, the duo who were still unsigned (to a major label) in Early July 2012 are now staring down a Platinum album for Here’s To The Good Times and “Cruise” is the biggest Country Billboard Chart hit in 50 years (and has an outside shot at becoming the best-selling digital single of all time). Amazing stories for just one year. As for this list of 10 Modern Country Rock songs, it would be easy to chooseany track from Good Times but we went with “Get Your Shine On” because it mixes the Modern Rock and Country elements and was a big hit for the duo.
7. “Truck Yeah” – Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw has been a master at picking songs that suit his voice and performance style. It’s just one reason why he’s still a star 20 years into his career. “Truck Yeah” was the most sonically ‘aggressive’ song of his career to date but it suited him and is on its way to Platinum. The song hit the Radio airplay Top 10 and helped set up Tim’s Two Lanes of Freedom album. The song may be a bit ‘annoying’ to some but to other’s it’s kick-ass, in other words, perfect for this playlist.
8. “The One That Got Away” – Jake Owen
Like his buddies in Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen’s career has skyrocketed as of late and it’s thanks to a string of Modern Country Rock hits (“Alone With You” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” “Anywhere With You” and this track). The powerful vocalist would be a star even if Mainstream Country Radio was still loaded with twin fiddles, shufflin’ beats and moaning steel guitars (check out some of his album cuts for proof) so the fact that he kicks ass on this Modern Country Rock list should be no surprise. This one was chosen for its tempo and Jake’s attitude on the vocal of the track.
9. “Kick It In The Sticks” – Brantley Gilbert
Attitude. Not a big radio hit, the song nonetheless has helped Gilbert lead the way for the Modern Country Rockers. The video for this song has been viewed millions of times and it’s a staple in his loud, raucous live shows, shows which have Brantley headlining arenas and amphitheaters only one big album into his career. Amazing stuff.
10. “Fastest Girl In Town” – Miranda Lambert.
Let’s face it. “Modern Rock” and “Modern Country Rock” are mostly the guys domain. But sometimes an artist arrives who is just as good as (if not better than) her male counterparts. One such artist is Miranda Lambert and she’s routinely proved it with sassy attitude-filled songs like “Fastest Girl In Town.” It’s one of her most ‘Country Rock” songs and one of her best and well-deserving of making ‘Ran the only female to appear on these lists two times.
Bonus Track (From an up and coming artist):
11. The Booze Cruise” – Black Jack Billy
This band has been storming SiriusXM with their song which is one of the best party songs anyones’ heard in 2013. Currently unsigned, the band has the potential to join Florida Georgia Line as the next big star to rise from The Highway Channel 59′s playlist. All the members of this band have a ‘rock’ background so it makes sense that they’re on this list as the ‘one to watch’ (so to speak).