Best Country Songs of the Year

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20. Eyes On You
> Artist: Chase Rice
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 3
> Total Spotify plays: 140.9 million

Singer Chase Rice — who competed on the TV show “Survivor: Nicaragua” prior to embarking on his music career — scored his biggest country hit to date with “Eyes on You.” The song peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country chart in April 2019, spending a total of 41 weeks on the chart. Rice reportedly knew the song, with lyrics that describe travelling with a significant other, would be a big hit prior to its release.

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19. Prayed For You
> Artist: Matt Stell
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 2
> Total Spotify plays: 38.9 million

Arkansas singer-songwriter Matt Stell had a breakthrough hit with “Prayed For You.” The song is about holding on to the good things in life. It rose to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart in October.

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18. What Happens In A Small Town
> Artist: Brantley Gilbert + Lindsay Ell
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 7
> Total Spotify plays: 25.0 million

“What Happens in a Small Town” is a duet by singers Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell that appears on Gilbert’s 2019 album “Fire & Brimstone.” The singer told country music website The Boot that the song was a late addition to the album after his label requested a stronger lead single. Gilbert and his songwriting team wanted to write “an uptempo, feel-good radio song” — a goal they undoubtedly accomplished.

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17. Miss Me More
> Artist: Kelsea Ballerini
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 7
> Total Spotify plays: 54.6 million

The 26-year-old Tennessee native has had six top 10 hits, including chart-topper “Peter Pan” three years ago. “Miss Me More” is Kelsea Ballerini’s latest hit, a song about moving on from a broken relationship. The song, which draws on pop and rap influences, peaked at No. 7 in June and spent 33 weeks on the chart.

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16. GIRL
> Artist: Maren Morris
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 8
> Total Spotify plays: 54.5 million

Crossover pop country singer Maren Morris’s “GIRL” implores those of the female sex to embrace their true selves. Peaking at No. 8 on the Hot Country Songs chart in August 2019, the song is one of six top 10 hits for 29-year-old performer.