Kyle’s Official 2017 Country Single Rankings

So a few weeks back, a crazy thought popped into my head: Everybody has a best/worst song list. Why don’t you take your list a step farther and rank every song you reviewed this year?

After a few weeks of deliberation, I’ve concluded that “crazy” doesn’t even begin to describe the idea. I wrote 120 song reviews this year—is it really worth breaking out a spreadsheet and ordering them all? I mean, does anyone really care what you thought the 61st best song of the year was? How exactly do you justify ranking #45 over #46? And do we really need a long, comprehensive list to tell us that Thomas Rhett had a great year and that Dustin Lynch songs are a waste of radio airtime?

Still, I was curious to see where certain artists and songs fell in a general sense. Which songs were above and below average? Did artists improve or regress over time? And really, doesn’t every year-end list have some degree of subjectivity to it?

So I fired up Microsoft Excel, dumped in my data, and began a long process of observation, calculation, and intense song-to-song combat. The result is the list below.

The only rules for this list are as follows:

  • A song must have been reviewed during the 2017 calendar year to be eligible.
  • No song released before 2016 is allowed (sorry, Rick Astley).
  • Rankings are not strictly tied to my review ratings, as my opinion of a song may have changed between now and the review date.

That’s enough blabbering for one year. Let’s start counting ’em down already!

 

 Rank Artist, Song Final Rating
#120 Jordan Davis, “Singles You Up” 2/10
#119 Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy” 2/10
#118 Walker Hayes, “You Broke Up With Me” 3/10
#117 Dustin Lynch, “I’d Be Jealous Too” 3/10
#116 Reba McEntire, “Back To God” 3/10
#115 Josh Turner, “All About You” 3/10
#114 Shania Twain, “Life’s About To Get Good” 3/10
#113 Florida Georgia Line, “Smooth” 3/10
#112 Kip Moore, “Last Shot” 3/10
#111 Jake Owen, “Good Company” 4/10
#110 Adam Craig, “Just A Phase” 4/10
#109 Jason Aldean, “They Don’t Know” 4/10
#108 Morgan Wallen ft. Florida Georgia Line, “Up Down” 4/10
#107 Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good” 4/10
#106 Lindsey Ell, “Waitin’ On You” 4/10
#105 Tyler Farr, “I Should Go To Church Sometime” 4/10
#104 Granger Smith, “Happens Like That” 4/10
#103 Aubrie Sellers, “Liar Liar” 4/10
#102 Keith Urban ft. Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter” 4/10
#101 Chris Lane ft. Tori Kelly, “Take Back Home Girl” 4/10
#100 Kristian Bush, “Sing Along” 4/10
#99 Chase Rice, “Three Chords And The Truth” 4/10
#98 Drew Baldridge, “Guns & Roses” 4/10
#97 David Lee Murphy ft. Kenny Chesney, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” 4/10
#96 Dan + Shay, “Road Trippin'” 4/10
#95 Kenny Chesney, “Bar At The End Of The World” 5/10
#94 Morgan Wallen, “The Way I Talk” 5/10
#93 Brantley Gilbert, “The Ones That Like Me” 5/10
#92 Parmalee, “Sunday Morning” 5/10
#91 Chase Bryant, “Hell If I Know” 5/10
#90 Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, “The Rest Of Our Life” 5/10
#89 Frankie Ballard, “You’ll Accomp’ny Me” 5/10
#88 Brandon Lay, “Speakers, Bleachers And Preachers” 5/10
#87 Brooke Eden, “Act Like You Don’t” 5/10
#86 Sam Hunt, “Body Like A Back Road” 5/10
#85 Brothers Osborne, “It Ain’t My Fault” 5/10
#84 Little Big Town, “Happy People” 5/10
#83 Dylan Scott, “Hooked” 5/10
#82 Florida Georgia Line ft. The Backstreet Boys, “God, Your Mama, And Me” 5/10
#81 Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” 5/10
#80 Chris Young, “Losing Sleep” 5/10
#79 Runaway June, “Wild West” 5/10
#78 Todd O’Neill, “Love Again” 5/10
#77 Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man” 5/10
#76 A Thousand Horses, “Preachin’ To The Choir” 5/10
#75 Chris Janson, “Fix A Drink” 5/10
#74 RaeLynn, “Lonely Call” 5/10
#73 Devin Dawson, “All On Me” 5/10
#72 Brett Young, “Like I Loved You” 5/10
#71 Carly Pearce, “Hide The Wine” 5/10
#70 Kip Moore, “More Girls Like You” 5/10
#69 Brad Paisley, “Heaven South” 5/10
#68 Charlie Worsham, “Cut Your Groove” 5/10
#67 Lindsey Ell, “Criminal” 5/10
#66 Michael Ray, “Get To You” 5/10
#65 Gary Allan, “Mess Me Up” 5/10
#64 Billy Currington, “Wake Me Up” 5/10
#63 Big & Rich, “California” 5/10
#62 Luke Bryan, “Light It Up” 5/10
#61 Kelsea Ballerini, “Legends” 5/10
#60 Jon Pardi, “Heartache On The Dance Floor” 5/10
#59 Old Dominion, “Written In The Sand” 5/10
#58 Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, “Speak To A Girl” 6/10
#57 Keith Urban, “Female” 6/10
#56 Rascal Flatts, “Back To Us” 6/10
#55 Chris Stapleton, “Broken Halos” 6/10
#54 Zac Brown Band, “Roots” 6/10
#53 Lee Brice, “Boy” 6/10
#52 Kane Brown, “Heaven” 6/10
#51 Taylor Swift, “New Year’s Day” 6/10
#50 Brett Eldredge, “The Long Way” 6/10
#49 Darius Rucker, “For The First Time” 6/10
#48 Jerrod Niemann, “God Made A Woman” 6/10
#47 Mo Pitney, “Everywhere” 6/10
#46 Cole Swindell ft. Dierks Bentley, “Flatliner” 6/10
#45 Blake Shelton, “Every Time I Hear That Song” 6/10
#44 LANco, “Greatest Love Story” 6/10
#43 Garth Brooks, “Ask Me How I Know” 6/10
#42 Chris Stapleton, “Either Way” 6/10
#41 Jerrod Niemann, “I Got This” 6/10
#40 Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris, “Craving You” 6/10
#39 Stephanie Quayle, “Winnebago” 6/10
#38 Maren Morris, “I Could Use A Love Song” 6/10
#37 Drew Baldridge ft. Emily Weisband, “Rebound” 6/10
#36 Eric Church, “Round Here Buzz” 6/10
#35 Aaron Watson, “Outta Style” 6/10
#34 Lady Antebellum, “Heart Break” 6/10
#33 Ashley McBryde, “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” 6/10
#32 Russell Dickerson, “Yours” 6/10
#31 Kenny Chesney, “All The Pretty Girls” 6/10
#30 Old Dominion, “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” 6/10
#29 Little Big Town, “When Someone Stops Loving You” 7/10
#28 Dierks Bentley, “What The Hell Did I Say” 7/10
#27 Rascal Flatts, “Yours If You Want It” 7/10
#26 Jon Pardi, “She Ain’t In It” 7/10
#25 Scotty McCreery, “Five More Minutes” 7/10
#24 Walker McGuire, “‘Til Tomorrow” 7/10
#23 Blake Shelton, “I’ll Name The Dogs” 7/10
#22 Brett Eldredge, “Somethin’ I’m Good At” 7/10
#21 High Valley, “She’s With Me” 7/10
#20 Carly Pearce, “Every Little Thing” 7/10
#19 William Michael Morgan, “Vinyl” 7/10
#18 Lauren Alaina, “Doin’ Fine” 7/10
#17 Thomas Rhett, “Unforgettable” 7/10
#16 Cole Swindell, “Stay Downtown” 7/10
#15 Zac Brown Band, “My Old Man” 7/10
#14 Justin Moore, “Kinda Don’t Care” 8/10
#13 Cam, “Diane” 8/10
#12 Midland, “Make A Little” 8/10
#11 The Railers, “11:59 (Central Standard Time)” 8/10
#10 Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know” 8/10
#9 Brad Paisley, “Last Time For Everything” 8/10
#8 Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours” 8/10
#7 Glen Campbell, “Everybody’s Talkin'” 9/10
#6 Danielle Bradbery, “Sway” 9/10
#5 Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me” 9/10
#4 Trace Adkins, “Watered Down” 10/10
#3 Easton Corbin, “A Girl Like You” 10/10
#2 Chris Janson, “Drunk Girl” 10/10
#1 Midland, “Drinkin’ Problem” 10/10

3 thoughts on “Kyle’s Official 2017 Country Single Rankings

  1. Ok, let me take a crack at guessing the top…

    15. Zac Brown Band- “My Old Man”
    14. The Railers- “11:59 Central Standard Time”
    13. Midland – “Make A Little”
    12. Justin Moore – “Kinda Don’t Care”
    11. Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”
    10. Danielle Bradbery – “Sway”
    9. Brad Paisley- “Last Time For Everything”
    8. Luke Combs – “When It Rains It Pours”
    7. Cam – “Diane”
    6. Glen Campbell – “Watered Down”
    5. Easton Corbin – “A Girl Like You”
    4. Thomas Rhett – “Marry Me”
    3. Trace Adkins – “Watered Down”
    2. Midland- “Drinkin’ Problem”
    1. Chris Janson – “Drunk Girl”

    Admittedly and ashamedly I model my lists exactly like Spectrum Pulse, haha. I enjoy this idea though! I’m in the same boat as you only with albums instead of singles, so this would have been fun to try. There’s always next year!

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    1. You forgot Dustin Lynch and Jordan Davis. 😉

      Actually, your list is really close: Not only did you name all 15 songs, but 10 of them are either direct hits or only one position off!

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