Out of the Gate – Top MODERN COUNTRY HITS (so far) for 2016

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The simplicity of “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett (top) makes it an early bet for Country Song of the Year, while Maren Morris (above) claws her way up the still male-dominated chart with the clever “My Church.”

Chart and Synopsis by Rick Hiduk

The following list focuses on the pop country songs that I believe have the best potential so far this year to bring people to the dance floor. Many made their debut in 2015 but either peaked in popularity in January and February of this year or are still climbing the charts.

  1. Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man
  2. Maren Morris – My Church
  3. Chris Stapleton – Nobody to Blame
  4. Maddie & Tae – Shut Up & Fish
  5. Jon Pardi – Head Over Boots
  6. Granger Smith – Backroad Song
  7. Old Dominion – Snapback
  8. Luke Bryan w Karen Fairchild – Home Alone Tonight
  9. Carrie Underwood – Heartbeat
  10. Randy Houser – We Went
  11. Brad Paisley – Country Nation
  12. Dierks Bentley – Somewhere on a Beach
  13. Tim McGraw – Humble & Kind
  14. Tyler Farr – Better in Boots
  15. Brett Eldridge – Drunk On Your Love
  16. Florida Georgia Line – Confession
  17. Chase Rice – Whisper
  18. Dan + Shay – From the Ground Up
  19. Brantley Gilbert – Stone Cold Sober
  20. Rascal Flatts – I Like the Sound of That

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