It was a slow climb to the top for this month's No. 1 song and artist, but hard work and great music always triumph. The best country songs list represents a mix of new and old country stars. Traditional music, pop-country and country-rock are all well-represented on the July 2018 Top 40 Country Songs list.

Florida Georgia Line make a big splash with "Simple," but they're not the duo that ended up at No. 1. Their ascent to the top spot seems inevitable, but for now, Dan + Shay head up the country songs list with "Tequila," the lead single from their self-titled album. FGL aren't far behind, and after them you'll see Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Brett Young, Morgan Wallen and Sam Hunt.

New songs from Garth Brooks and Darius Rucker make strong Top 40 debuts, as does Little Big Town's "Summer Fever." Scroll through, find your favorite song, click to listen again and then let us know where we got it right and where we got it wrong.

The list of Top 40 Country Songs of July 2018 is compiled from Billboard chart data and sales figures, in addition to staff opinion and reader feedback.

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Top 40 Country Songs for July 2018:
40. Chase Rice, “Three Chords and the Truth”
39. Aaron Watson, “Run Wild Horses”
38. Devin Dawson, "Asking for a Friend"
37. Jimmie Allen, “Best Shot”
36. Darius Rucker + Friends, “Straight to Hell”
35. Justin Moore, “Kinda Don’t Care”
34. Chris Young, “Hangin’ On”
33. Brothers Osborne, “Shoot Me Straight”
32. Midland, “Burn Out”
31. Little Big Town, “Summer Fever”
30. Lanco, “Born to Love You”
29. Dylan Scott, “Hooked”
28. Kane Brown, “Heaven”
27. Luke Bryan, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”
26. Carly Pearce, “Hide the Wine”
25. Chris Janson, “Drunk Girl”
24. Kelsea Ballerini, “I Hate Love Songs”
23. Mitchell Tenpenny, “Drunk Me”
22. Chris Lane (Feat. Tori Kelly), “Take Back Home Girl” NEW LAPS AROUND THE SUN ALBUM DROPS JULY 13!
21. Kane Brown, “Lose It”
20. Maren Morris, “Rich”
19. Old Dominion, “Hotel Key”
18. Cole Swindell, “Break Up In the End”
17. Lady Antebellum, “Heart Break”
16. Morgan Evans, “Kiss Somebody”
15. Thomas Rhett, “Life Changes”
14. Sugarland (Feat. Taylor Swift), “Babe”
13. Lindsay Ell, “Criminal”
12. Carrie Underwood, “Cry Pretty”
11. Garth Brooks, “All Day Long”
10. Blake Shelton, “I Lived It”
9. Keith Urban (Feat. Julia Michaels), “Coming Home”
8. Jake Owen, “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)
7. Sam Hunt, “Downtown’s Dead”
6. Brett Young, “Mercy”
5. Morgan Wallen (Feat. Florida Georgia Line), “Up Down”
4. Jason Aldean, (Feat. Miranda Lambert), “Drowns the Whiskey”
2. Florida Georgia Line, “Simple”HIGHEST DEBUT!
1. Dan + Shay, “Tequila”TWO MONTHS AT NO. 1

Did Your Favorite Country Song Make Our Top 40 Country Songs List for July 2018?

What would you add to our list of the Top 40 country songs for July 2018? Share your opinions on this list — as well as the songs that deserve to be included, but weren’t — in the comments section below.

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