Thomas Rhett's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

John Shearer
Thomas Rhett

Over the past five years, Thomas Rhett has watched his career steadily develop, and he is now one of the most popular stars in the format. His mixture of down-home funk and heartfelt ballads have helped him notch one chart-topper after the other since 2013’s “It Goes Like This.”

Billboard carefully studied the singles from Rhett, and came up with our list of the best Thomas Rhett songs. As you can imagine, there’s a little bit of romance -- which is quickly becoming a trademark of the singer’s sound. There’s also a few songs that show his fun and humorous side, showing why he is one of the most well-rounded artists on the market today!

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10. Thomas Rhett feat. Jordin Sparks - "Playing With Fire"

This track from Tangled Up made the Top 40 on the country charts on the basis of the starpower alone. What fans heard on the track was Rhett raising his vocal game due to being on record with one of the top female vocalists in pop music. This Thomas Rhett song wasn't necessarily a single, but one listen was enough to know this collaboration was very special.

9. Thomas Rhett - "Beer With Jesus"

Taking nothing away from the R&B tone of his more recent singles, but there was an earthiness to some of his first cuts, including this country-tinged version of the question “Which public figure would you most like to dine with?” The lyrics of this one -- penned in part by Rhett -- were quite thought-provoking.

8. Thomas Rhett - "Get Me Some of That"

This fun and flirty song -- partly written by Cole Swindell -- put a smile on the face of many country fans upon its release in the late fall of 2013. There’s nothing particularly understated about it, and that’s part of the allure of the song.

7. Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris - "Craving You"

Though the arrangement and the lyrics are very much current-sounding on Rhett’s latest chart-topper, this collaboration with Maren Morris has much of the yearning of some of the great '70s and '80s work of Conway and Loretta. That’s in no way a comparison of the styles, but the undertones are definitely there.

6. Thomas Rhett - "Something To Do With My Hands"

The singer introduced himself to country fans in the winter months of 2012 with a song that mastered the art of the double-entendre. Of course, the fact that it is a clever composition shouldn't come as a major surprise. Rhett’s name is listed on the track with Lee Thomas Miller and Chris Stapleton.

5. Thomas Rhett - "Crash and Burn"

The lead single to Tangled Up featured Rhett once again turning to the pen of Stapleton (along with Jesse Frasure, who co-produced the cut). The song -- and album -- represented somewhat of a shift in the singer’s sound, with a groove that made fans tap their toes and sing along note for note.

4. Thomas Rhett - "It Goes Like This"

The Thomas Rhett song that represented his first trip to the top of the country charts has a special place in Rhett’s heart -- in more ways than just the obvious. One of the writers on the track was none other than his father, Rhett Akins, which made the number one celebration for the family -- making for an unforgettable moment between father and son.

3. Thomas Rhett - "Star of the Show"

It goes without saying that Rhett knows just how good he’s got it with his wife Lauren. This romantic ballad was all over the radio airwaves in the fall of 2016, making female listeners swoon to each and every heartfelt lyric. If nothing else, this collaboration with his father and Ben Hayslip definitely qualifies as the second best song he's ever written about Lauren. Because…..

2. Thomas Rhett - "Die A Happy Man"

One of the most heartfelt love songs to be heard by country fans in a long time, this song did wonders for Rhett’s profile -- but also introduced Lauren to many fans for the first time, as the singer was quick to acknowledge his better half during interviews or award shows. Their love story is one that fans have followed ever since this song was released -- and endures to this day!

1. Thomas Rhett - "Make Me Wanna"

This breezy number had a little bit of everything -- the pop stylings of artists such as The Bee Gees, a little bit of Barry White, and even a dash of some of the later years of Conway Twitty. The arrangement was nothing short of memorable, and the major question surrounding this cut was when -- not if -- Big Machine was going to release this potent track as a single. They did just that, and the result was a performance that ranks as one of Rhett’s best.