10 Best Live Singalongs in Country Music
Country music fans sure love to sing along with their favorite songs! It's part of the experience of going to a concert -- you have a few beers, throw your head back and sing along at the top of your lungs. But there are certain tracks that just lend themselves to that more than others, as you'll see on our list of the best live singalongs in country music.
The key ingredient for a live singalong song is usually the chorus. Using a short, simple phrase to round out a lyric and repeating it frequently makes it nice and easy for someone who's maybe had a few to belt along to the words, even if they're not a particularly great singer. A little enthusiasm goes a long way with country fans.
You'll find tracks from men and women in the list below, but there's one thing all of these live singalong tracks have in common -- they're just plain fun!
Gretchen Wilson's signature hit is also undeniably one of the best live singalongs in country music. The chorus sits so cleanly over the chords that it's really compelling, and it also makes it easy to sing along despite being fairly wordy. We dare you to listen to "Redneck Woman" and resist chiming in on the "Hell yeah" tag at the end of each chorus.
One of the best ways to get people to sing along to your songs is to sing about drinking. After all, drinking is almost universal at country shows, and it helps loosen people up who might not really be the best singers and might not normally be inclined to participate. Garth Brooks is the biggest artist in country music history, and fans practically drown him out at his live gigs by singing along on pretty much every song. But "Two Pina Coladas," with its easy-breezy chorus, is easily one of the standouts at his shows, making it one of the best live singalongs in country music.
Kip Moore's "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" is practically a prototype for modern commercial country music. The song uses a frequently repeating melodic hook to lure listeners in, and keeps the lyrics simple enough that you don't have to be much of a singer to belt along with the song. It's a great live singalong that offers one of the highlights of Moore's live shows.
Brad Paisley is one of the most populist songwriters in country music, and he's a master at writing clever songs that appeal to a wide audience. "Alcohol" is one of the wittiest drinking songs in country music, told from the perspective of the alcohol itself, and its compelling chorus melody lends itself perfectly to joining in and singing, "Aaaaalcohol."
Tim McGraw is one of the most perennially successful live entertainers in country music. He has an uncanny knack for choosing songs with mass appeal, and one of the simplest singalongs in his catalog is "I Like It, I Love It." The song's utra-catchy chorus just draws the listener in, and you find yourself singing along without even realizing it.
Zac Brown Band have built one of the biggest and most loyal live followings in country music on the strength of their great songs. "Chicken Fried" was one of the group's earliest hits, and it's a staple of their live shows, where fans sing along with the simple sentiments of the fun tune.
Hank Williams, Jr.'s rowdy concerts always have fans singing along to some of the most enduring classics in country music, and of course, one of the biggest hits in his catalog is "Family Tradition." The song features a lyric that pretty much every country music fan knows by heart, and one of the great singalong moments in country music is the chorus, when Hank sings, "Why do you drink ...?"
Some songs were just meant to sing along with. "Red Solo Cup" is tailor-made for even the most hammered fan at one of Toby Keith's legendarily boozy live gigs to be able to manage, and its simple, fun lyric makes it irresistible. The fact that the lyrics practically beg people to lift up their cups and sing along doesn't hurt, either. Proceed to party!
No list of the best live singalongs in country music could possibly ignore "Wagon Wheel." Darius Rucker's mega-hit features a chorus hook so instantly grabbing that there's practically no way not to sing along with it, especially in his freewheeling live versions. The chorus is so compelling that when Rucker performs it on awards shows, even hardened music industry crowds who've seen it all can't help but join in a spontaneous singalong.
There's nothing else in country music that compares to the energy and excitement of a Garth Brooks live show. There's a reason he is by far the most successful live performer of his generation, and his fans are among the loudest and most enthusiastic in country music. But nothing gets Garth fans singing along as much as "Friends in Low Places," which he often just lets the crowd sing for him. The live version features an unrecorded third verse in which Brooks whips up the fans to scream, "YOU CAN KISS MY ASS!" It deserves to top the list of the best live singalongs in country music for that line alone.