Scotty McCreery's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

David McClister
Scotty McCreery

In early 2011, North Carolina native Scotty McCreery began to make his presence known in the musical world with his performances on American Idol. In May, the singer would hold off Lauren Alaina for the title that season, and would embark on what (so far) has been a successful career.

The Scotty McCreery song choices in his career reflect a talent and vocal maturity that is far beyond his current twenty-three years. He can make you tap your toes with an uptempo crowd favorite, but also make one ponder life – tough tasks such as saying goodbye to a loved one with an undeniable depth. Here are ten of his best performances on record to this point in his career!

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10. "Feelin’ It"

Upon the release of McCreery's 2013 LP See You Tonight, Billboard said of this future top ten hit: “The song has a definite contemporary sheen. It's probably not going to win any Song of the Year prizes, but it's just 3:19 of fun. Sometimes, that's as it should be!” The track, written by Frank Rogers and Matthew West, still fits that description. It makes for a melodic song to roll down the windows to.

9. "The Trouble With Girls"

This Scotty McCreery song remains his biggest-seller to date. The dramatic ballad -- all about the effect that the opposite gender can have on a man -- definitely made an impact on the fans who had just voted him as the American Idol winner a few months earlier upon this song’s release in August 2011.

8. "I Love You This Big"

This song hit Country Radio and digital retailers one day after his Idol win in May 2011. The positive love song was one that simply made the listener feel good. If you look real closely in the video for this song, you will see an appearance by the singer’s mother. All in all, the song was a perfect way to introduce McCreery to a world beyond Idol.

7. "Southern Belle"

This 2015 performance showed a little bit of an evolution in McCreery’s sound, as it was a little more crossover-oriented. There was a little more of a swagger to the single, but his legion of fans didn’t blink, helping to make this song an instant crowd favorite.

6. "Water Tower Town"

The final Scotty McCreery single to be released from his debut album Clear As Day found the singer in fine form, talking about the appeal of small-town life. He could have been singing about his hometown of Garner, North Carolina, yet at the same time, he could also be referencing Glennville, Georgia – the hometown of a pre-stardom Cole Swindell, one of three writers listed on the song.

5. "Forget To Forget You"

This album cut from See You Tonight ranks as a prime example of McCreery’s soaring range as a vocalist. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the lyrics came from the more-than-capable hands of Casey Beathard and Michael Dulaney, making this track a hit that Mercury left on the table.

4. "Carolina Moon"

If there was ever any doubt about the singer’s traditional roots, this ultra-traditional number would put any of those concerns promptly to bed rather quickly. Making the track even more memorable are the trademark angelic harmonies of CMA award winner Alison Krauss.

3. "That Old King James"

The singer has never hid his faith in interviews or conversations with fans, and perhaps the best non-single in the Scotty McCreery song catalog is a reflection of that. This Phillip White and Mark Nesler collaboration details how a higher power can bring you toward the light, even in what seems like the darkest of situations. Truly, a winning performance.

2. "See You Tonight"

The singer co-wrote this 2013 single, which wound up being the first release and title track from his sophomore album for Mercury. The song might have been a little bit cliched, but the lyrics about a man who was counting down the minutes until he sees his lover definitely made for an entertaining moment -- both on country radio as well as in concert, where this song has inspired countless singalong collaborations since its original release.

1. "Five More Minutes"

In preparing these lists, rarely does an artist’s current single usually rank as high as their past hits, but this Scotty McCreery song definitely earns the position. The sobering composition reminds us all to savor the moment – whether it be a few extra minutes outside at play, with your significant other, in the game, or with a loved one. McCreery penned the song after losing his grandfather, and it has the potential to endure as a classic.

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