Brett Young's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

Brett Young photographed on June 9, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
Eric Ryan Anderson

Brett Young photographed on June 9, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. 

Big Machine Label Group’s list of successes read like a who’s who of country music over the past decade -- Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert being among them. It looks like the label might very well have another winner on their hands with Brett Young.

His first two singles both hit with radio and fans alike, and caused Lady Antebellum to take notice, inviting him to be a part of their “You Look Good” tour. While Young has only released one album in his career thus far, all early signs point to him being an artist to keep an eye on in the coming years. Let’s take a look at his debut disc, and look at the 10 best songs in the Brett Young song arsenal!

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10. Brett Young - "Memory Won’t Let Me"

Brett teamed up with Justin Ebach and Steven Dale Jones for this heart-tugging ballad about a man who is trying desperately to shake his lover from his mind in the post break-up era, but hasn't come up with a winning formula to do so just yet.

9. Brett Young - "Back On The Wagon"

Sometimes, addiction can take on a different form than alcohol abuse or substance abuse. The California native turned in a winning performance from his self-titled debut album with this song about a couple who both know they need to go in different directions, but the attraction is too much.

8. Brett Young - "Left Side Of Leavin’"

The saddest part about a relationship ending is that we don’t always know that the end is as close as it turns out to be. In this Brett Young song, the singer laments not being able to have one final moment with his significant other -- and to know it was for keeps.

7. Brett Young - "Makin’ Me Say"

On the road this year with Lady Antebellum and Kelsea Ballerini, this song should cause many of his growing fan base to clap and sing along. The melody and the lyrics are light-hearted, and Young infuses the performance with a great deal of personality.

6. Brett Young - "Like I Loved You"

Whether we like it or not, we’ve all been there. The third Brett Young song to be released to radio details the emotions that one feels when not only a break-up happens, but also that inevitable saying “But, we can still be friends.” Who wants to hear that? Definitely not Young, who will try for his third straight radio hit with this wistful performance.

5. Brett Young - "You Ain’t Here To Kiss Me"

Everyone in town is in a romantic mood it seems, but the subject of this song -- who knows that without that special someone there to share the moment, the night pretty much stands as a wasted one.

4. Brett Young - "Mercy"

One of the sleepers from his album is this soulful ballad about a man who can’t seem to handle even being around the woman who has just broken off the relationship. The lyrics -- written by the singer and Sean McConnell -- detail a man pleading with his ex to simply stay out of his sight if she really wants to be gone from his life, as the pain he feels is simply too much.

3. Brett Young - "Sleep Without You"

There’s nothing like the feeling you have when you are simply missing your loved one who is out with her friends. You try to give someone the space to live their own life, but sometimes the missing of that person is too strong. That’s the case with this Brett Young song which propelled his career to the fast lane, hitting the top three on both the Country Songs and Country Airplay chart.

2. Brett Young - "In Case You Didn't Know"

Young scored his very first Billboard No. 1 hit with this confessional song about how much that his significant other means to him, even though sharing his feelings isn’t always something that comes the easiest to him.

1. Brett Young - "Olivia Mae"

Young collaborated with Ben Caver on this brilliantly written play on words about a man who is longing to get to know the object of his affections a little closer. If there’s any justice in the unpredictable world of radio airplay, this could very well become an early career song for the singer.