Country newcomer Thomas Rhett made a statement early this week by winning the Showdown song battle against Jana Kramer. His new single 'It Goes Like This' took 67 percent of the votes, meaning the love song will move on to face another love song today and Thursday. 

Phil Vassar knows how to write love songs as well as anyone in country music. His new single 'Love Is Alive' is pure Vassar -- catchy, upbeat and full of heart. The two fanbases will square off over the next 48 hours to decide which song should move on to face a new challenger on Friday.

Listen to clips of both Rhett and Vassar's songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour until this Showdown ends on Friday at 8AM ET, so come back and vote often to be sure your artist wins. The winner of this matchup will face a new challenger on Friday.

Listen to a Sample of Thomas Rhett, 'It Goes Like This'

Listen to a Sample of the Phil Vassar, 'Love Is Alive'

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Showdown Rules: The song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a new challenger in the next Showdown. Vote as much as once per hour online. If a song wins five Showdowns in a row, it will be retired into the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame to allow for new songs to compete. Some songs will be considered for a second Showdown if voter turnout is healthy in a losing effort.