For almost a decade now, Justin Moore has been connecting with country music audiences with a winning formula of songs that are geared toward his target audience. There aren’t many other vocalists out there in the format these days that seem to know what their fan base expects and wants — that continues to give it to them in the way that Moore does.
One aspect of the Justin Moore song arsenal that has to be reassuring to fans of a more organic sound is the fact that — for the most part — the singer has managed to build a steady fan base by keeping his sound traditional. Here are 10 moments from the past nine years that truly reflect where Justin Moore has been — and is — as an artist!
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10. Justin Moore – “Back That Thing Up”
Moore announced his arrival to country radio and country fans with this 2008 single co-authored by Randy Houser. The single only made it to No. 38, but the song was a prime showcase for his down-home personality and wry sense of humor. Early on in his career, the Arkansas native showed that he was a little different — and the fans loved him from the start for it.
9. Justin Moore – “Somebody Else Will”
The most recent Justin Moore song to hit the charts is this seductive number about a man who is going to take a chance to impress the woman of his dreams — because if he doesn’t make a move, there are others that likely will pass him by.
8. Justin Moore – “Point At You”
Five years into his recording career, it was safe to say that Moore had lost none of his small-town edge with this 2013 top 10 hit with this modern-day version of “Good Hearted Woman,” about someone who gave the lead character a sense of balance — in spite of his wild and rowdy ways. The humorous video could have wound up being outtakes from an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, complete with fast cars and a barroom fight!
7. Justin Moore – “Home Sweet Home”
There might have been a few heads being scratched when Big Machine released a tribute album to Motley Crue in 2014 titled Nashville Outlaws. That was likely a given. But, there was nobody doubting the merits of Moore’s contribution to the track — a collaboration with Crue member Vince Neil. The track gave Moore a chance to shine on one of the best vocal performances of his young career.
6. Justin Moore – “Till’ My Last Day”
One of the rare straight-ahead love song singles in the Justin Moore song catalog, this romantic ballad captivated listeners upon its release in the spring of 2012. Fans also responded to both of the two promotional videos that were made for the song — including heartwarming scenes with Moore’s wife and kids.
5. Justin Moore – “Backwoods”
Critics didn’t seem to respond well to the unabashed southern anthem, but it didn’t matter. Moore wasn’t making records to read about them from high-brow journalists. Even on his first Valory album, he knew his audience — and the lyrics of this one were straight out of their lives, making his second straight top 10 hit — and also a gold-selling single!
4. Justin Moore – “Bait A Hook”
The former love interest is never usually a fan of the man who replaces him in his significant others’ life, and Moore’s character was no different in this single from the summer of 2011. The singer points out the differences between him and “the new guy” and why she would be better off by returning to him. Moore wrote the song with Rhett Akins and Jeremy Stover.
3. Justin Moore – “Small Town USA”
Moore will be the first to admit that Poyen, Arkansas — with a population of 290 — isn’t the biggest metropolitan area on the planet Earth, but it represents where and what home is to the singer. Moore co-wrote the song not too long after making the move to Nashville, feeling both nostalgic and homesick for the life he left behind. The song became his first No. 1 hit in the spring of 2009.
2. Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink”
Persistence was key in the story of this 2016 chart-topper. This Justin Moore song was released to radio in November of 2015, and the Big Machine promotional team kept their eyes on the prize — and the following October, the song topped the Country Airplay chart. The lyrics — courtesy of Natalie Hemby, Rodney Clawson, and Matt Dragstrem — were a novel way to say that there were problems in a relationship in a very different yet effective manner.
1. Justin Moore – “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”
The premise is very simple yet complex at the same time — what if you had a day in heaven to spend with your loved ones that had gone on before you? In this case, the subject of this song would visit his grandfather, his cousin who passed away in Vietnam, his beloved hunting dog, and even Janis Joplin and Hank Williams. The lyrics hit a nerve with country fans near and wide, giving Moore his first platinum single!