9 Best Country Music Lyrics of 2016

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As we near the end of 2016, it’s only fitting that One Country shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we’re putting our own spin on a few!

Country music was full of rip-roarin’ hits in 2016, but the lyrics that really stuck with us were the ones we weren’t hearing repeatedly on the radio. The wittiness of Brandy Clark, the boldness of Maren Morris and the vulnerableness of Miranda Lambert stand out amongst the crowd, but others snuck in too.

Note: we’re going with songs released this year on an album. So, you won’t see any Eric Church or Carrie Underwood. They made the list last year.

9 Best Country Music Lyrics of 2016:

1. “Daughter” // Brandy Clark
Brandy Clark, Jesse Jo Dillon, Jeremy Spillman

Yeah, karma’s a bitch – so I hope you have a daughter

The ultimate zinger– Brandy’s not just wishing this guy the worst, she’s hoping he has a really hot daughter and that guys just like him are interested in her. Ouch.

2. “Rich” // Maren Morris
Maren Morris, Jesse Jo Dillon, Laura Veltz

If I had a dime every time that you crossed my mind
Well, I’d basically be sitting on a big ass pile of dimes

Obvious, subtle and brilliant is the only way to sum this one up. Not to mention– every girl has been there and thought that, right?

3. “Use My Heart” // Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Waylon Payne

I can write the line but I can’t sing the song
I can call my momma but I won’t go home

Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings The Weight of These Wings captured me more than once, but this one stuck with me– you can get yourself to do so many things, but once your heart comes into play, it’s over. What a concept.

4. “Drunk In Heels” // Jennifer Nettles
Brandy Clark, Jennifer Nettles

I ain’t saying that
It’s easier to be a man
But let’s get real
When we get drunk
We do it in heels

In a year full of girl power this is a statement and a half. I doubt many people disagree with it.

5. “Keep It Between The Lines” // Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson

Most thoughts deserve about two or three more

If there’s any doubt, there is no doubt
The gut don’t never lie
And the only word you’ll ever need to know in life is “why”

Simpson’s song to his son is basically a list of 19 helpful rules or tips to abide by in life, but ultimately these few stand out. If only we all thought our thoughts two or three more times.

6. “Love Triangle” // RaeLynn
RaeLynn, Nicole Galyon, Jimmy Robbins

Some mamas and daddies are loving in a straight line
Take forever to hearten and take a long sweet ride
But some mamas and daddies
Let their heartstrings tear and tangle
And some of us get stuck in a love triangle

RaeLynn’s first single from her debut album and new record deal was profoundly sad and astute. To describe the pull of a young child caught in between loving two parents in the middle of a divorce as a “Love Triangle” is smart and all too true.

7. “Halfway Home” // Lori McKenna
Lori McKenna, Barry Dean

Deep down you know
That you’re worth more than this
Or the cost of that dinner last night
He’d be driving you home
If he was worth half the shit
And his daddy had raised him up right
Let me remind you
There’s real love out there down the road
Right now you’re just

Halfway home

McKenna’s “Humble and Kind” is sage advice for just about every human in the world, but “Halfway Home” is a song that girls need to hear– you are worth more, don’t settle, make him treat you right.

8. “Greener Pastures” // Brothers Osborne
John Osborne, TJ Osborne, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd

So you can plant your garden
Where you used to chew my ass
Yeah I don’t want this dirt no more

The Brothers Osborne are kind-hearted guys, but this tune about a bad relationship is biting and hilarious. And so smart.

9. “Better Man” // Little Big Town
Taylor Swift

And I gave you my best and we both know you can’t say that
You can’t say that
I wish you were a better man
I wonder what we would’ve become
If you were a better man
We might still be in love
If you were a better man
You would’ve been the one
If you were a better man

Forget all the cliches and metaphors, Swift makes it simple— she just wishes this dude didn’t suck. And that’s probably harder to hear than just about anything else.