Every Country Music Song of the Year Since 1967

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2017: Better Man
> Songwriter(s): Taylor Swift
> Performer / recording artist: Little Big Town
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 26 weeks between Nov. 5, 2016 and April 29, 2017

Taylor Swift, already a star in her own right, penned this highly personal breakup song, originally intended to appear on her 2012 album “Red.” Instead, she later sent it to Little Big Town, believing that the group’s harmonies would suit it well, and they released it in 2017.

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2018: Broken Halos
> Songwriter(s): Chris Stapleton and Mike Henderson
> Performer / recording artist: Chris Stapleton
> Number of weeks on Billboard 100: 53 weeks between May 6, 2017 and April 28, 2018

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chris Stapleton, known for his powerful, soulful voice, co-wrote this mid-tempo rock-tinged tune — last year’s Song of the Year — with singer-songwriter and noted slide guitarist Mike Henderson.