Best Country Songs of the Year

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10. Meant To Be
> Artist: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 1
> Total Spotify plays: 808.9 million

While “Meant to Be” leans heavily towards the pop side of pop country, its popularity can’t be denied. The collaborative effort of singer Bebe Rexha and country duo Florida Georgia Line spent 50 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart — the most of any song in the chart’s history. It first peaked in December 2017 and remained on the chart well into April 2019.

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9. Knockin’ Boots
> Artist: Luke Bryan
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 2
> Total Spotify plays: 60.3 million

Luke Bryan, Georgia native and son of a peanut farmer, has been a prolific hitmaker, with 11 chart-toppers and 28 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Four of his albums have gone to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The video for “Knockin’ Boots” shows canoodling couples and steamy dancing. The song peaked at No. 2 in September.

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8. Rumor
> Artist: Lee Brice
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 2
> Total Spotify plays: 104.3 million

Hailing from Sumter, South Carolina, singer-songwriter Lee Brice fell just short of the top of the country songs chart this year with “Rumor,” which peaked at No. 2. The ballad about a small town love rumor spreading has has more than 100 million streams on Spotify.

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7. Tequila
> Artist: Dan + Shay
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 1
> Total Spotify plays: 265.9 million

“Tequila” is the biggest country hit for the Grammy Award-winning duo Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, spending four weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and 66 weeks on the chart. The single was the pair’s third country No. 1. The song’s video features a love story between a female skier and a hiker who is deaf and was hailed for its message of inclusion.

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6. The Git Up
> Artist: Blanco Brown
> Billboard Hot Country Songs peak position: 1
> Total Spotify plays: 137.8 million

Purveyor of “Trailer Trap,” country rapper Blanco Brown scored a chart-topping hit with “The Git Up.” The dance number’s popularity was encouraged by its usage on digital platforms TikTok and YouTube, where fans take the #GitUpChallenge.