2016: The Year in Charts

Scotty McCreery Chooses His Top 5 Country Ballads of All Time

Russ Harrington
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Since winning the 10th season of American Idol in 2011, North Carolina native Scotty McCreery has established himself as one of country music’s most talented young traditionalists. With his debut album, Clear As Day, McCreery made history as the first country act to debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 with their first studio album, as well as the youngest male artist to debut at No. 1 with his first album. Clear as Day reached No. 1 on five separate Billboard charts -- Billboard 200, Top Current Albums, Digital Albums, Internet Albums, and Top Country Albums. McCreery is currently working on his third studio album and the lead single, “Southern Belle,” is currently climbing the charts. The country crooner picked his top 5 country ballads of all time.

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1. “Hello Darlin',” Conway Twitty 
"It's one that I’ve loved my entire life and just the opening line, 'Hello Darlin’' it’s pretty iconic. That song to me is pretty special and playing it on the Opry has made it more special for me. That song is so conversational and so heartfelt, and so real, you can see the movie playing in your mind, listening to the words."

2. "The Grand Tour,” George Jones 
"I’ve been listening to this since I was a child. That song to me, once again it became even more so when I sang it on the Opry just because of the history with George Jones and the Opry. It kind of gave me chill bumps singing it out there. It’s just telling a story and it’s a sad story listening to it. It's an awesome song sung by probably one of the best country singers of all time. I know 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' is the best consensus country song of all time, but to me my favorite George song would be 'The Grand Tour.'

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3. “Remember When,” Alan Jackson 
"It’s a beautiful song, beautiful story and kind of goes through life. Once again, you are painting that picture through the song and lyrics and to me, that’s what songwriting is all about. It's painting that picture and making that movie in somebody’s mind. I just love it, the imagery of them dancing [in the video]."

4. “The Chair,” George Strait 
"I was just listening to that the other day on the bus with the guys. It’s just so well-written. I’ve heard that George and I’ve heard the Dean Dillon demo. To me, it’s an incredible song, the line 'Can I drink you a buy' that gets me every time because it just speaks to every guy when they are going up to a girl debating whether they should or shouldn’t and just how nervous they are, and they can’t even talk, so I think that song gets that well."

5. “Whiskey Lullaby,” Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
"For one, just having Brad singing it, but too having Alison’s voice on it, just the angelic voice of Alison. I don’t know how you can listen to that and not be wowed by it. It’s a pretty deep song, it hits those notes as well."