615 Picks: Top 10 Country Songs of the Year

Little Big Town on No Lead Singer: 'It Worked for the Beatles'

Little Big Town on No Lead Singer: 'It Worked for the Beatles'

It's that time of year again. Time to look back at the best that country music had to offer in 2012. We looked at top albums yesterday, now let's track the genre's best singles, from odes to The Boss and water sports to great bar ballads to ear candy from a true "Idol." We're sure you'll disagree on some of this, so sound off in the comments below.

615 Picks: Top 10 Country Albums of the Year

10. "Creepin," Eric Church
In a year where Church became a headliner, he actually places two songs on the list. This one quite possibly had the neatest melody of any single released this year, and was always a treat to hear on the air.

9. "The Wind," The Zac Brown Band
Impeccable singing and instrumentation. The band proves once again why they are so well-regarded.

8. "Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson with Vince Gill
One of the most luscious sounding love songs I have heard in a while. It's the definition of "Ear Candy." If you're not in love, you'll want to be after hear it.

7. "Over You," Miranda Lambert
Country's reigning Female Vocalist of the Year turned in a powerful performance that ranks as one of her best.

6. "Springsteen," Eric Church
Church has been on an absolute roll as of late, and this song is one of the reasons why.


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.


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