Well, it's that time of year again: "Best Of" lists. Today, The 615 takes a look at some of the best singles that have been released to country radio this year. Our list reflects a mix of new and veteran artists, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and yes, at least one song that mentions... a truck. Let's dig in:
"Carolina" - Parmalee
One of the best songs by a duo or group this year. The lyrics are very much there, but with harmony this good, they could be singing the Plumbing section of the Yellow Pages, and almost strike the same effect. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be huge for these guys.
"Slow Me Down" - Sara Evans
For her return to the airwaves, Evans came up with a pop-ish ballad that leaned toward the dramatic, reminding one of the great cross-over material of Barbara Mandrell or Dolly Parton from the 1980s. In the middle of the arrangement however, you get a vocal performance from Evans that proves that Missouri twang is still there in abundance.
"Southern Girl" - Tim McGraw
The only artist with two songs on this list, McGraw simply turned up the octane on this track – and while nobody will confuse it with "Live Like You Were Dying," for three-and-a-half minutes, you sang along, forgot your troubles, and maybe thought of your own 'Southern Girl,' and there's nothing wrong with that.
"Two Black Cadillacs" - Carrie Underwood
A little romance, a lot of deception, and a plot line that has the cheating boyfriend getting his? It might sound like an episode of "Dynasty," but Underwood gave this a stark and cold reading that should shout out to men everywhere "Don't try this at home... or anywhere else."
"Boys 'Round Here" - Blake Shelton
We had to have a representative from the "Bro Group," and choosing it was pretty easy in this case. While nobody is going to award this hit record the "Song of the Century" award, it was a fun ditty that showcased Shelton's personality. Few can pull songs like these off as well as the Warner Brothers superstar, and the fact that in December we are still singing along with it easily puts it on the list.