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Hot Summer Singles

Darius Rucker, Lauren Alaina, Chris Young
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These five hot summer singles belong on your beach, road trip or tailgate soundtrack. Each song embraces the feel-good vibe that makes a careless summer night so memorable.

Stir up the party with Chris Young‘s new hit, or slow things down with a singalong jam from country newcomer Drake White. Keith Urban, Darius Rucker and Lauren Alaina also make our list of the hottest summer country songs of 2013.

The Simple Life
MCA Nashville


‘The Simple Life’

Drake White



Newcomer Drake White’s debut single has the potential to be the singalong song of the summer. His unique style and catchy chorus make ‘The Simple Life’ a hit that’s easy to fall in love with. Who isn’t a fan of “beer, ice cold” on a warm summer afternoon?


Barefoot and Buckwild
Mercury Nashville


‘Barefoot and Buckwild’

Lauren Alaina



Watch out for Lauren Alaina this summer! With her new single ‘Barefoot and Buckwild,’ the singer announces that she’s done being the shy girl that finished second to Scotty McCreery two years ago. Now, this 18-year-old is her own woman, with an infectious, sassy rocker that sounds best at extremely high volume.


Little Bit of Everything
Capitol Nashville


‘Little Bit of Everything’

Keith Urban



Keith Urban is happier than ever, and it comes through in every note of his new single ‘Little Bit of Everything.’ The superstar is almost overflowing with good vibes as he giggles his way through the first release from his upcoming album. It’s a song about life’s simple pleasures that relies on a easy groove — the perfect song for summer.


Aw Naw
RCA Nashville


‘Aw Naw’

Chris Young



With ‘Aw Naw,’ Chris Young moves one tattoo away from becoming country music’s newest bad boy. The singer delivers on his promise to release new music that’s closer to what he brings onstage every night. The cut from his upcoming album is not only a reason to catch him with Brad Paisley this summer — it’s a song to make sure you have at your fingertips any time things seem on the verge of getting rowdy.


Wagon Wheel
Capitol Nashville


‘Wagon Wheel’

Darius Rucker



Many have covered ‘Wagon Wheel’ badly, but Darius Rucker does the Old Crow Medicine Show track justice with a performance that is as much fun — and as catchy — as the original. It’s a country singalong that’s left unencumbered by heavy production or complicated metaphors. Rucker tells the story like he’s lived it. It’s pure summer goodness, which is why it tops our Hot Summer Singles list for 2013


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