Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Granger Smith's Favorite Country Cuts
Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and taste-makers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
Country star Granger Smith's career is hotter than ever. The 38-year old -- who is 20 years into making music -- is hitting his stride in the industry, and achieving considerable chart success. He's currently in Australia headlining his second tour down under, and will return to the States next week for his first appearance at Watershed Music Festival in Washington on Aug. 5.
For Granger, a Texas native, country music is in his blood. Not only is he traveling the world performing country tunes, but he is consuming it just as often. Naturally, when Smith puts together a playlist, it spans from legends such as Pat Green to present day chart-toppers like Dierks Bentley.
Someone you'll hear blasting through Smith's speakers this summer (and always) is fellow Texan -- "the ultimate Texan," in Smith's eyes -- George Strait. One of Smith's all-time favorite George songs is Strait classic "If You're Thinking You Want A Stranger," as well as "Marina Del Ray." Strait is the only repeat artist on the playlist, for which Smith only has one explanation: "'cause George."
You'll find some modern country day songs on Smith's playlist as well, throwing in a Luke Bryan party favorite "I Don't Want This Night To End," which Smith deems "perfect for how I feel about playing Watershed for the first time." But not every song can be an adrenaline rush, as Florida Georgia Line's "Dirt" creates some nostalgia for Smith, who says "somethin' about blasting this one that makes you reflect."
Whether he's reflecting or jamming, Smith is having a blast performing his songs for people all around the world -- particularly his latest single, "You're In It." "My absolute favorite thing is performing my single to the fans in new places during summertime," he says. As Smith continues to see his audiences grow this summer and beyond, listen to some of his personal favorite country tunes below.