10 Country Music Songs That Should Have Been Hits

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Country music is most certainly not exempt from the ebbs and flows of the entertainment industry. Just like its pop, rap and R&B counterparts, it changes with the tide, sometimes leaning more traditional, sometimes far more commercial. It can make it a hard pill to swallow when you look at some of your favorite country music songs that simply fail to gain traction in the marketplace.

 Thus, we are taking a look at 10 sensational country music songs that should have been hits, narrowing our focus to the past 3years.

Ready, set, roll:

Dierks Bentley // “Bourbon In Kentucky” (featuring Kacey Musgraves)

As the official first single of his newly-released Riser album, this stirring track was an emotionally raw story. Amidst the mass of party fist-pumping anthems, Bentley (with the help of critic darling Musgraves) attempted to buck the trends. However, it didn’t quite work out as planned. Regardless, this is one track that is a must-listen for any country fan!

Lauren Alaina // “Eighteen Inches”

Co-written by her idol Carrie Underwood, this sweeping story-song demonstrated Alaina’s gift at musical interpretation. She dug her smooth vocals into the lyrics, delivering them with conviction and authenticity. If we had it our way, this would have been her debut single, lifted from 2011’s Wildflower.

Miranda Lambert // “All Kinds Of Kinds”

When the tide seemed to be turning for universal acceptances, Lambert headed the efforts with her message-charged single “All Kinds Of Kinds.” Following on the heels of such chart-topping success as “Mama’s Broken Heart,” it seemed that this empowerment song would continue the No. 1 streak. However, that wasn’t the case. It stalled at No. 15 on the charts, but lives at the top in our hearts.

Kelly Clarkson // “Tie It Up”

Clarkson is a fantastic vocalist, that much is true. Over the years, she’s blessed our ears with collaboration after collaboration, including a re-imagined version of her pop hit “Because Of You” with Reba McEntire and 2010’s Jason Aldean duet on “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” However, it wasn’t until “Tie It Up” that she had all eyes and ears on her. Despite not even cracking the Top 20, this jam is totally on our workout playlist.

Brandy Clark // “Stripes”

Below the surface, there boils a female voice just waiting to be heard. To Clark’s credit, she’s co-penned such hits as The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two” and Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.” Her songwriting has enough credentials, and her stellar 12 Stories is further evidence of her marksmanship with hooks. “Stripes,” a searing, sharp and nearly campy mid-tempo, kicked off the album launch and added a darker layer to the typical man-done-me-wrong chanting.

Kacey Musgraves // “Follow Your Arrow”

As the new “it” girl in Nashville, Musgraves only plays by her own rules. When you peruse her Mercury Records debut Same Trailer, Different Park, you’ll witness witty songwriting, memorable melodies and more than one tongue-in-cheek performance. It’s through her storytelling that she sheds light on the issues that matter, including equal rights on “Follow Your Arrow.” Upon its release, it showed signs that it could be her first chart-topper as an artist. Sadly, the arrow fell short of the target.

Brad Paisley // “I Can’t Change The World”

Paisley went through somewhat of a reinvention with his Wheelhouse record last year, lead by the inspiring “Southern Comfort Zone.” He dabbled in controversial themes and more meaningful tales. On “I Can’t Change The World,” he questions and evaluates his life as it relates to his relationships and faith. He knows he can’t change the whole world, but he can start with himself and with those he loves.

Chris Stapleton // “What Are You Listening To?”

When his male contemporaries were busy getting busy on a tailgate, Stapleton took a more introspective look at life. Far more traditional than most, his voice melts like butter over a toasted piece of wheat bread. At the moment, the song does not have an album to call home, but based on this alone, he’s a beaming trumpet amidst the foggy noise.

Gary Allan // “Pieces”

With “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain),” Allan made a huge comeback on the charts, earning his first No. 1 hit since 2004’s “Nothing On But The Radio.” “Pieces,” a beat-heavy rock-based song, had promise to continue his resurgence. Vocally, he is at the top of his game, and music of substance should have made him a radio staple, once again.

Little Big Town // “Sober”

Skewing far more traditional than most, Little Big Town finally had a breakthrough with their previous summer hit “Pontoon,” lifted from their critically acclaimed Tornado set. Next, the group released the title track, to equal excitement, but it was their next single, the tender “Your Side Of The Bed” that began a slow decline at radio. With “Sober” the went agains the grain, claiming their rightful spot as the most dynamic and authoritative messengers of tradition.