It's turning into quite the year for Taylor Swift, and she now has two songs on our list of the Top 40 Country Songs of December 2011. The country superstar picked up major awards at both the CMA Awards and American Music Awards in November, and she finds herself poised to win big at the American Country Awards this month. 'Sparks Fly' and 'Ours' are not contenders for the top spot, though. That goes to a man many feel was equally deserving of the Entertainer of the Year trophy last month.
Jason Aldean's 'Tattoos on This Town' knocks Blake Shelton out of the No. 1 slot after two straight months of 'God Gave Me You.' Other strong performers are Luke Bryan, whose 'I Don't Want This Night to End' continues to be a sales leader, and Lady Antebellum with 'We Owned the Night.' Note that our list is based on chart position, staff reviews and reader input. Find your favorite songs on the list below, listen to them on our Spotify playlist and let us know what you think should be No. 1.
Top 40 Country Songs - December 2011
40. Taylor Swift - 'Ours''Speak Now'
39. Trace Adkins - 'Million Dollar View''Proud to Be Here'
38. Kip Moore - 'Somethin' 'Bout a Truck'Up All Night (Deluxe Edition)
37. James Wesley - 'Didn't I''Real'
36. Craig Morgan - 'This Ole Boy''This Ole Boy'
35. Sara Evans - 'My Heart Can't Tell You No''Stronger'
34. Chris Cagle - 'Got My Country On''Back in the Saddle'
33. Alan Jackson - 'Long Way to Go'Long Way to Go - Single
32. Scotty McCreery - 'The Trouble With Girls''Clear as Day'
31. Jake Owen - 'Alone With You''Barefoot Blue Jean Night'
30. Lee Brice - 'A Woman Like You'Hard 2 Love
29. Montgomery Gentry - 'Where I Come From''Rebels on the Run'
28. Billy Currington - 'Like My Dog''Enjoy Yourself'
27. Dierks Bentley - 'Home''Home'
26. Faith Hill - 'Come Home'Come Home - Single
25. Hunter Hayes - 'Storm Warning''Hunter Hayes'
24. Edens Edge - 'Amen''Edens Edge'
23. Keith Urban - 'You Gonna Fly''Get Closer'
22. Darius Rucker - 'I Got Nothin''Charleston, S.C. 1966'
21. Justin Moore - 'Bait a Hook''Outlaws Like Me'
20. Jerrod Niemann - 'One More Drinkin' Song''Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury'
19. Taylor Swift - 'Sparks Fly''Speak Now'
18. Martina McBride - 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It''Eleven'
17. Toby Keith - 'Red Solo Cup''Clancy's Tavern'
16. Brad Paisley - 'Camouflage''This is Country Music'
15. Blake Shelton - 'God Gave Me You''Red River Blue'
14. David Nail - 'Let it Rain''The Sound of a Million Dreams'
13. Kenny Chesney - 'Reality''Hemingway's Whiskey'
12. Chris Young - 'You''Neon'
11. Rascal Flatts - 'Easy''Nothing Like This'
10. The Band Perry - 'All Your Life''The Band Perry'
9. Eli Young Band - 'Crazy Girl''Life at Best'
8. Miranda Lambert - 'Baggage Claim''Four the Record'
7. Thompson Square - 'I Got You''Thompson Square'
6. Eric Church - 'Drink in My Hand''Chief'
5. Zac Brown Band - 'Keep Me in Mind''You Get What You Give'
4. Brantley Gilbert - 'Country Must Be Country Wide''Halfway to Heaven'
3. Luke Bryan - 'I Don't Want This Night to End''Tailgates and Tanlines'
2. Lady Antebellum - 'We Owned the Night''Own the Night'
1. Jason Aldean - 'Tattoos on This Town''My Kinda Party'