Top Songs of 2014 (So Far)
The artist behind the No. 1 song on this Top Songs of 2014 list already has what is arguably the top song of the decade in their catalog. A-list stars like Jake Owen and Eric Church make this fluid list, but can ‘Beachin” or ‘Give Me Back My Hometown’ hold off the dozens of high-powered singles sure to come later in 2014?
This list of five songs will grow to 10 as more singles are released in 2014. New music from Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert is expected this year, in addition to more great songs from Church, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and others. Check back often to see if your favorite songs made the list.
The Taste of Country Top Songs of 2014 list is determined using sales and radio airplay data, reader feedback and staff opinion. The final 10 songs will be published in December. Any song that spent the majority of its chart life in 2014 is eligible.
The easy groove of 'Beachin'' will only sound sweeter as the mercury emerges from of the negative. Owen's carefree love song mixes warm weather with hot rhymes to create a song that begs for sunblock. He's becoming country music's new favorite beach bum.
'Why God Made Love Songs'
Joel Crouse is a country newcomer who hardly sounds new. His second single captures the energy of his debut and adds lyrical depth. Tight songwriting and infectious harmonies are this kid's calling card. Both are on display during 'Why God Made Love Songs.'
'Give Me Back My Hometown'
Church's mysterious introduction to his new album included this easy-to-appreciate single. 'Give Me Back My Hometown' is a reminder of 'Springsteen,' but far from a trip back to a well that turned out Platinum once. The North Carolina native sings with rare urgency during this song, as he does on all of his best singles.
'Doin' What She Likes'
'Doin' What She Likes' is one of the highlights from Shelton's award winning 'Based on a True Story' album. For all his jokes and tough guy bravado, simple love songs are what this Oklahoman does best, and few are finer than this ballad. Descriptive details fill the spaces between the words of this song. You can almost smell those candles burnin'.
'This Is How We Roll'
'This Is How We Roll' is Florida Georgia Line's catchiest song since 'Cruise,' and that's even before Luke Bryan offers his rap breakdown. The song pushes the boundaries of hip-hop and country music further than any song ever has ... it could end up being a radio flop for this reason, but that doesn't mean it's not worth the three-plus minutes needed to appreciate each clever lyric and rhyme.