Dustin Lynch's Top 10 Songs: Critic's Picks

Dustin Lynch
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Dustin Lynch

Over the past five years, Dustin Lynch has steadily built one of the most consistent recording careers in modern country music. He's sent each of his last five singles to the top of the Country Airplay chart, and he's done so with a stylistic approach that is very much slanted toward the newer sounds of the genre.

Here are ten moments of Lynch's career thus far that stand tall among his career highlights. Most reflect an artist that is perfectly in tune with the kind of music that is going to make an impact with radio and fans at his shows -- yet, the singer has been known every now and then to take a chance with a somewhat heavier sound and lyric, as he did at the very beginning of his career. In either case, each of these ten moments will garner plenty of love from his growing fan base!

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10. Dustin Lynch - "She Cranks My Tractor"

Lyrically, critics weren’t too impressed with this double-entendre laden number that Lynch chose as his second single in the fall of 2012. But fans -- particularly his female demographic -- liked what they heard enough to give the singer his second straight Top 30 hit.

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9. Dustin Lynch - "Mind Reader"

Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip teamed up to pen this song about a woman who seemingly has her finger on the pulse of everything about her man. The expressive track -- which became the third Dustin Lynch song to top the Country Airplay chart -- showed Lynch stretching a bit, with a bit of a R&B feel.

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8. Dustin Lynch feat. Karen Fairchild - "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone"

Some might say that it would be too early to include this one, given the fact that Current Mood -- the album from which this was pulled -- was just released last Friday (Sept. 8). Still, this seductive performance stands as a career highlight for Lynch, and should undoubtedly be a single. It doesn’t hurt having Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild on the track, either!

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7. Dustin Lynch - "Hell of A Night"

This 2015 Dustin Lynch song became his second release to top the charts, and has become a staple of his live show. Though the lyrical content was certainly nothing heavy -- about a man letting loose and having a good time -- Lynch did stretch himself vocally as he hadn’t done since his debut single.

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6. Dustin Lynch - "Small Town Boy"

The most recent release from the singer to hit the top of the charts, Lynch once again turned to the writing team of Akins and Hayslip -- along with Kyle Fishman -- for this moody performance about a man who can’t believe his good fortune in that the girl of his dreams actually gets him, when she could be with someone a bit more worldly if she wanted. This will no doubt inspire many sing-a-longs on his upcoming Ride or Die tour.

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5. Dustin Lynch - "Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)"

Love is wherever you seem to find it: That was the message of Lynch's very first No. 1 song, which dominated the radio airwaves in the summer of 2014. It could be in a big city -- or out on the lake -- but as long as you’re with that special someone, life was pretty good. This Dustin Lynch song was the title track and first single from his sophomore album.

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4. Dustin Lynch - "Rock You Sweet"

Record companies are not above making mistakes. In the case of this track from his 2012 debut disc on Broken Bow, it was one that the label let get away. Lynch’s vocals wrapped around the heartfelt message of the song in a way that showed his considerable promise as a vocalist - one that he continues to live up to with each and every release.

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3. Dustin Lynch - "Seein’ Red"

Released in the summer of 2016 as the first single from Current Mood, this Dustin Lynch song served as the inspiration for a video that served as a tribute of sorts to the Foo Fighters. Watch the promotional clip, and you will likely feel a bit of deja vu, if you remember tha band's video for their 2007 single “The Pretender.” The video begins in an all-white room in front of a red screen -- which promptly explodes by the end of the film. It proved to be a perfect comparison to how the song would fare on the charts, as the song brought Lynch his fourth straight No. 1 in February 2017.

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2. Dustin Lynch - "Wild In Your Smile"

This edgy Dustin Lynch song performance about a woman who tends to like walking on the wild side continued to help set Lynch apart from the country pack upon its release in May 2013. This was the first single by the performer to be written by Akins and Hayslip, who aligned with Marv Green to write the lyrics.

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1. Dustin Lynch - "Cowboys and Angels"

Lynch came out strong out of the gate in the winter of 2012 with a sentimental performance that became his biggest-selling single to date. The production (from Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten) definitely had a bit of a heavier feel to it than what has become the norm for Lynch, and the lyrics -- about a man comparing his psyche to that of his rock-steady lover -- helped make him one to watch from the very beginning of his career.

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