Never one for in-your-face political declarations, country music took several strides toward subtly addressing the seismic changes and tragedies around us in , while their more Americana-inclined counterparts fired off some direct shots. Here are our 25 favorite country songs of the year. Daddy issues. Not surprisingly, the best songsmiths, from Neil Young to Bruce Springsteen on down, have put their old-man drama into song. It was especially so this year, as mass shootings, violent protests and natural disasters have had many an ineffectual leader spending plenty of time thinking and praying while avoiding actually legislating.
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There are many fine country musicians making music that is relevant and affecting in these troubled times. Here are ten of our favorites. Year to year, country music as a genre sometimes seems to roll on without paying that much attention to what's going on in the world with the exception of bro-country singers trying to adopt the latest hip-hop slang. That can feel like a problem in a year when 58 people are killed and are injured by gun violence at a country-music concert — a public-relations issue for a genre that sees many of its stars outright celebrating the NRA. Then again, these days mainstream country stars don't seem to do all that well when they try to pivot quickly to comment on current events — take Keith Urban's muddled-at-best single "Female", as but one easy example. Nonetheless, there are many fine country musicians making music that is relevant and affecting in these troubled times. There are singers tackling deep, universal matters of the heart and mind. Artists continuing to mess around with a genre that can sometimes seem fixed, but never really is. Musicians and singers have been experimenting within the genre forever, and continue to. The music splits the difference between those settings, or rather bears the marks of both.
It's a tall task to narrow down all of the songs and singles released in into one list of the year's 10 best, but The Boot's staff gave it a go. Below are The Boot's picks for country music's Top 10 songs of Lynch's fifth consecutive No. The second single from Rhett's No.