Top 5 Brantley Gilbert Songs
Brantley Gilbert has two No. 1 songs, and several that have reached Gold certification for 500,000 singles sold. However, two of his biggest tracks were hits for someone else. 'Dirt Road Anthem' and 'My Kinda Party' don't make this list of the Top 5 Brantley Gilbert songs to allow room for the great music he's most famous for recording.
Gilbert's longtime fans know that his debut album 'Modern Day Prodigal Son' is as strong as 'Halfway to Heaven,' the album he re-released after signing with Valory Music Co. in 2011. There's some great music on that album, and 'G.R.I.T.S.' (Girls Raised in the South) is a big fan favorite. YouTube views of the lyric videos for this song surpass at least one of his official music videos.
There are a number of beautiful ballads on 'Halfway to Heaven,' but 'My Kind of Crazy' might be the most revealing of his love songs. Gilbert has a tough exterior, but he's not afraid to open his heart for his friends and fans to see. The dichotomy helps make him a very, very interesting artist.
On the other hand, Gilbert is pretty good at exposing his broken heart as well. 'You Don't Know Her Like I Do' was Gilbert's second No. 1 single and the second to go Gold for 500K digital copies sold. "You don't know we've been through / That girl's my best friend / And there's no way you're gonna help me / She's the only one who can," he sings, putting to words something so familiar, yet so often fouled up.
'Country Must Be Country Wide' was the perfect song to introduce Gilbert to mainstream audiences without sacrificing a sound his longtime fans learned to love. It's not as edgy as some songs he'd cut previously, yet he didn't suddenly go soft. The result was a No. 1 hit, Gold single and several New Artist of the Year nods. Of course, what truly makes this the No. 2 song is the story he tells, and his message.
While not the radio hit 'Country Must Be ... ' was, 'Kick It in the Sticks' is still Gilbert's signature song. In a way, it defines everything he's about as an artist. Watch him perform this song live and you'll understand why people are so loyal to this man. It's a great recording that manages to capture that difficult-to-grasp live show energy.