After so many weeks isolating, sheltering in place and physical distancing, even the most introverted people are craving human interaction. And in times when connection and community are needed most, country music always rises to the occasion. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, country fans are finding comfort in the music they love so well.
Here’s a list of 10 country hits that provide relief during this sometimes stressful times.
1. Florida Georgia Line – “Blessings”
Although this sweet sentiment is actually a love song to Tyler and B.K.’s wives, the simplicity of the things they’re expressing their gratitude for are a solid suggestion that we all have things we can be grateful for.
2. Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”
Before the country was caught in the grips of the coronavirus, Miranda had recorded a song for her Wildcard album on the virtues of self-reliance and hope. It takes on even more importance now as we’re all being asked to dig deep while our beautiful nation begins to heal.
3. Luke Bryan – “Most People Are Good”
If you spend too much time on social media, it can feel paralyzing with political dissension. But if you listen to Luke and step away from that microscopic sample of humanity, you’ll remember that a bigger picture view of the population shows that most people are kind and trying to do the best they can.
4. Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow”
It’s so easy to get mired down in the news of the day that is often less that optimistic and hopeful. Kacey points out that you can choose to see what you want to see, and that even the worst situations eventually come to an end.
5. Tim McGraw – “Watch the Wind Blow By”
If ever there was a song about letting go of the stresses of life, it’s “Watch the Wind Blow By.” Between the lyrics, that are an instruction on learning to relax, and the loping melody, you have no excuse not to slow down and breathe deep.
6. Martina McBride – “Anyway”
Life is very precious and sometimes, too short. Martina believes that we should be making the most of the time we have here on this glorious earth, living it right to the edge, with no regrets, chasing every dream, and trying every experience.
7. Dierks Bentley – “Riser”
Sometimes we want empathetic songs that commiserate and other times we want chest- thumping anthems that inspire. Filled with tenacity, fortitude and hope, “Riser” is that anthem. It’s nearly impossible to watch the video without dropping a tear, right now.
8. The Highwomen – “Crowded Table”
Almost everyone is feeling the pangs of loneliness, even if they are sheltering safely at home with their families. We’re so used to interacting with co-workers, friends and even strangers on the streets, that isolation can feel a little empty and cold sometimes. But this, too, shall pass and“Crowded Table” is a nudge to never take that for granted again.
9. Carrie Underwood – “Jesus, Take the Wheel”
It may be difficult to not feel a bit of helplessness right now, and it’s hard to surrender control of the situation and our emotions, but as Carrie reminds us, we aren’t in this alone. Whether you’re a believer or not, you can take inspiration from the lyrics that it helps to seek solace with like- minded hearts.
10. Brad Paisley – “I Can’t Change the World”
Back in 2013, Brad quietly released a song that seems more important now than ever before. With lyrics that talk about the “madness of the world” and the struggles between the powers that be, Brad advises that leaning into loved ones can make the difference between surviving and thriving.
Stay safe, wash your hands, and stay connected to those who love you.