Taste of Country caught up with Rucker and discussed what is arguably his most personal country album to date. The interview — featured this week on Taste of Country Nights, On Demand— is raw, honest and hilarious.
Jessie James Decker, "I'm Gonna Love You" (Stripped)
Jessie Murph (Feat. Jelly Roll), "Wild Ones"
Kelleigh Bannen, "I Know Better Now"
Lanco, Run, Run, Baby EP
Noah Kahan (Feat. Kacey Musgraves), "She Calls Me Back"
Old Dominion, Memory Lane
Reba McEntire, Not That Fancy
Robyn Ottolini, "Sick of Sex"
The Top 40 Country Songs of 2023, Ranked
The best country songs of 2023 fit snug over your life and experiences. Each is written from personal experiences, but somehow, that translates as if it were custom to each of us. We've loved, we've longed, we've lost and we've cut loose in the country.
Airplay charts, sales data and streaming numbers helped make this list of country music's Top 40 songs of 2023, but staff and Taste of Country reader opinion were most influential. Songs included on previous Top Country Songs lists were not eligible. A song may have been released in 2022, but it had to have the majority of recorded airplay or impact this year to count.