It took me a while to think up of a list. I wanted to keep it mainly mainstream-based (my excuse for not including alternative country/americana singles, those of which I really couldn’t list lol). I didn’t listen to a whole lot of mainstream country radio this year, as compared to past years, because of, of course, XM Radio and my iTunes/iPod. My list definitely includes, and excludes, singles that other sites have placed on their year-end lists. For my own, I was bent on making sure that the tracks considered were mostly 2008-played singles, and so I came up with these. Some of these are surprises and others maybe not so much.
Happy New Years to everyone and hopefully your 2009 is much better (I know the first half of my ’08 was much better than the second, but I am satisfied with the time I got the spend the time with my family over this time – and kinda crazy – but it’s been a great year). Btw, the pic above I chose because I was pretty green the whole year and I thought it looked nice, especially as a negative, as it is now)
Time to reveal my:
Top 16 Favorite Country Music Radio Singles of 2008:
- 16. “No Air” – Rissi Palmer:
- Call me surprised as well. When Rissi first came about, I supported her, but didn’t particularly care for her debut single (“Country Girl”). It wasn’t until I heard her “countrified” remake of Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown’s pop hit, “No Air” that I became really interested. Though Rissi’s version is still very poppy, I find myself lovin’ the heavy fiddle, mandolin, and steel production with the catchy vocals. Too bad it wasn’t a hit. Woulda been sorta cool if she maybe made this a duet with Keith Urban or something.
- 15. “Workin’ for a Livin’” – Garth Brooks & Huey Lewis:
- Hahaha, another remake, I say? Yes. I find this a very catchy track, and it’s classic Garth: full of bluesy harmonica and rockin’ fiddle. It’s like a hybrid of “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” and “Beer Run”. To be quite honest, before this, I didn’t really know who Huey Lewis was, but had heard of him. The music video is really cool and liking the NASCAR-theme. Definitely a fun number to listen to and the lyrics are totally true. I could do without the “working” female background vocals, however. They’re annoying lol.
- 14. “Sounds So Good” – Ashton Shepherd:
- The song title explains itself on how I feel about the track. I love her über-twangy accent (I used to hate when people used that term, but it’s fine if I do it) and it confirms how much she loves being at home in the country. Reminds me of the summer and of being out in the Arizona desert. It’s contemporary country with traditional country soul. I’m glad this song got played a decent amount, which was more than expected since radio kinda sucks.
- 13. “You and Me and Time” – George Jones & Georgette Jones:
- I don’t think this song went anywhere on the charts, and was one of the best songs of 2008, IMO. Georgette has such a beautiful voice and it’s very reminiscent of her mother, Tammy Wynette. The song is about her childhood relationship with her father, and his absence that shadowed those times, and now, they’ve got time to be closer than ever. It’s a sweet and pure country duet. In the chorus, I love the pause after “time” and before “finally got together“… awesome.
- 12. “Rocks In Your Shoes” – Emily West:
- Another one gone… newcomer Emily West really impressed me this one. Very poppy, but as proven, country-pop can be done well, and she did it. She got the title of the song from a phrase her grandfather used to say, if I’m not mistaken, and it took a big meaning. Her voice reminds me of a younger, playful Patty Loveless. One of the most catchiest songs of the year. Check out her EP.
- 11. “His Kind of Money (My Kind of Love)” – Eric Church:
- My favorite single from this guy. I’ve never been too big on him, but have always liked this singles. I really like the message of this song…money can’t buy everything, and you’ll realize that. It can’t replace real and good love.