Zac Brown Band, "Toes"
Zac Brown Band's third single follows a similar arc of chart success as the group's previous hits, "Chicken Fried" and "Whatever It Is," just as it offers a well-worn imagery. On "Chicken Fried," the band conjured up comfort food and "a pair of jeans that fit just right"; on "Whatever It Is," it spoke of long legs and "lips like sweet red wine." On "Toes," Brown sings about his search for satisfaction, whether on the beaches of Mexico or an inland Georgia lake: "I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand/Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand/Life is good today." The scenes being painted aren't necessarily original, but they fit like old sneakers-and add up to one feel-good summer song. --Ken Tucker