5. "Wanted," Hunter Hayes
He's a force to be reckoned with, and this song proved to be the love ballad of the summer and fall.
4. "Neon," Chris Young
Country music in 2012 still can be traditional, as this great bar room ballad implies. A cool aspect of the song was name-checking 80s hitmaker Johnny Lee rather than the usual Strait of Jones.
3. "Better Dig Two," The Band Perry
Quite possibly, the darkest song to be released in 2012, but lead singer Kimberly Perry chews up the scenery, and enjoys every minute.
2. "Pontoon," Little Big Town"
Finally, this group hits the pinnacle of the charts with the biggest hit of their career. Sometimes, a song just needs to be fun, and this captured that fact brilliantly.
1. "Sound Of A Million Dreams," David Nail
Chart position aside, this was (by far) Nashville's best musical moment of 2012. Nail is so ahead of the Music City curve that it's scary. A modern day "16th Avenue" in a beautiful setting.