Top 10 Eric Church Songs
Honesty is what makes the best Eric Church songs stand out from others on the radio. The 'Springsteen' singer only sings what he knows. Often this means his music is packed full of raw, unedited emotion, which is just how his fans like it. Songs on this Top 10 Eric Church Songs list finds him in love and heartbroken, grateful and angry -- and occasionally, nostalgic.
Church's rowdy side steps forward during songs like 'Drink in My Hand' and 'Lotta Boot Left to Fill,' an album cut from 'Carolina.' Five songs from 'Chief' make this list, in addition to four from 'Carolina' and one from his debut album, 'Sinners Like Me.'
Church wrote this love letter to his home state by himself. Each line is a vivid brushstroke that helps paint a brilliant picture of North Carolina (sorry Palmetto Staters), but his enthusiasm isn't totally realized until the final chorus. "Oh Caro-lina, Caro-lina, Caro-lina / Keep calling me home," he shouts. There's a short list of state songs in country music, but this one is among the best.
Fans were introduced to a 29-year-old Church with this single in 2006. 'How 'Bout You' foreshadows some of the more rebellious songs to come, but stops short of being a chest-beating anthem like a few others further up this list. The song peaked just outside the Top 10, remaining the most commercially successful track he'd have until 2009.
This Top 10 track from 2012 went Gold for 500,000 singles sold, but it didn't perform quite as well as the two previous singles from 'Chief.' 'Creepin'' relies heavily on metaphor to describe heartbreak and memories that won't disappear. Church and Marv Green's lyrics are colorful and emotionally deep -- perhaps too deep for the radio. The accompanying video was an absolute original. It was filmed like an independent movie you walk away appreciating, but not truly understanding until days later.
Eric Church's commercial success began with 'Love Your Love the Most,' the lead single from 'Carolina.' It was a song built for radio, and the singer has said as much since releasing it in 2009. While list-driven lyrics are something of a cliche in country music, he and songwriter Michael P. Heeney offer a few originals like: "Yes, I love good cold beer / And mustard on my fries." Well, fries with mustard are unique to this song, anyway. Perhaps it's not his favorite, but fans clearly appreciated this easy-to-understand ballad, and Church's career is better for it.
'Lotta Boot Left to Fill' has been a highlight of live shows in years past. Angry Eric Church is a very entertaining performer, and it doesn't take him more than a few bars to recall whatever it was that inspired this song. "You sing about Johnny Cash / The Man in Black would've whooped your a--," he shouts. There's no way this song was going to make it to radio, but it's the best of the tracks that find Church speaking his mind.
Song No. 5 couldn't be more different than song No. 6. This dichotomy proves the depth of Church's talent. He can go from being a ticked off son-of-a-gun to a sensitive, fragile romantic without leaving a single person rolling their eyes. "Wish we could do it over / Damn it, baby, Damn it / We had it in the air, we just couldn't land it," he sings during this extraordinarily well-written ballad.
When 'Carolina' was released in March 2009, 'Smoke a Little Smoke' was the song his fans were begging radio stations to play. It became an official single 15 months later and stands as one of the most unconventional radio hits of all time. Sonically, this song sounds like nothing ever released. Lyrically, it promotes smoking marijuana. It's just short of miraculous that it became a Top 20 hit in a format that embraces conservative like a little boy hugs his mama.
Rough and rowdy country boys are releasing vulnerable love songs at a pretty good clip these days, and perhaps they always have. But each one sounds like an original, as long it's an honest dedication to someone specific. Church didn't write 'Like Jesus Does,' but it's impossible not to think he had his wife in mind as he cut it. The lyrics are among the more creative ways to describe the way a country bad boy appreciates the woman who keeps him on the straight.
'Drink in My Hand' was Church's first single to accurately portray who he is as an artist in a way the masses would appreciate. The song had commercial appeal without sacrificing edge. It was easy to predict it would be the most successful of his career to that point (we did just that), and it was no surprise to see it go Platinum and reach No. 1. Without this song, fans might not have gotten to hear 'Springsteen.'
This double Platinum chart-topper also scored a Song of the Year win at the 2012 ACM Awards and helped 'Chief' album win Album of the Year the next year. Until 'Springsteen,' Church hadn't established himself as a great storyteller, but the smooth nostalgia of this lengthy cut changed that. Expect to hear this track for the next two decades (maybe even longer).