Memorial Day has come and gone which can only mean one thing: it’s officially summertime! Bring on the barbeques, beach trips and warm weather! As June nears, it’s time for all of us to enjoy a break from school while working on our tans. As we spend endless hours outdoors with a refreshing drink, country music is practically a necessity. I’m here to give y’all an inside look at Billboard’s Hot Country Songs so sit back, put your cowboy boots up and get ready for some relaxation and reminiscing.
- My Eyes—Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian: Spending their seventh week on the Hot Country Songs chart, Blake Shelton and Gwen Sebastian are rounding out the top ten. “My Eyes,” is featured on the deluxe version of Shelton’s eighth studio album, “Based on a True Story…,” released back in March 2013. The track, is all about that perfect country love—my guess is, Blake got some inspiration from wife Miranda Lambert, also featured on the chart this week. Imagine this: a picture perfect night where Blake says it best, “My eyes are the only thing I don’t want to take off of you.”
- Cop Car—Keith Urban: Peaking at number four, Keith Urban’s “Cop Car” found its way to number nine this week. The track, featured on the chart for 19 weeks, reminds all of us of that one summer love that everyone experiences—you know that feeling I’m talking about. On his official website and in reference to the song, Urban said, “I love the image of this song. A guy falling in love with this girl, while they’re both in handcuffs, and she’s going nuts—all in the back of a cop car.” Whether you think the track sounds more country or pop, it’ll bring you back to those nights where mischief always makes an appearance.
- Beat of the Music—Brett Eldredge: Last week, Brett Eldrege found himself in the number 11 spot but this week, he’s peaked at number 8 with “Beat of the Music.” The track has spent 28 weeks on the chart, an impressive feat for a track released in September 2013. The song’s music video, posted below, was released back in January. Plain and simple, the song is infectious and I guarantee you’ll want to hit the repeat button as soon as the song ends. You’ll be up and dancing to the beat of the music in no time!
- Automatic—Miranda Lambert: Staying put for her fifteenth week on the chart, Miranda Lambert takes the number seven spot. Released in February, “Automatic” is the leadoff single from Miranda’s upcoming fifth studio album, Platinum, expected to be released next week. In a world where technology controls everything, this track brings us back to the days before everything became automatic. Miranda has said the song is “about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it’s like to live life a little more simply.” As the mayhem of this technology-driven world continues, I think this is a song that all of us can learn from.
- Get Me Some of That—Thomas Rhett: Dropping two spots from last week, Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That” takes the number 6 spot this week. Released in November 2013 as the fourth single from his debut album, “Get Me Some of That” features a laid-back production and smooth delivery. The music video, posted below, premiered in December 2013. Immediately bringing us to a summertime party, we’re all waiting on the right time for Rhett to make his move. The track is practically the epitome of a country song, one we’ll be listening to all summer long!
- Beachin’—Jake Owen: Rounding out the top 5, Jake Owen reappears for his 17th week on the chart. Last week, he found himself at number 8 with “Beachin’” but this week he peaks at number 5. Released in February as the second single from his fourth studio album, “Beachin’” transforms wherever you are into a perfect summer day. Selling more than 406,000 copies in the US, it seems as if the entire country is ready for a summer party! I don’t know about you but I’m ready to head down to Daytona Beach.
- Rewind—Rascal Flatts: Peaking at number 4 this week, Rascal Flatts is spending their 19th week on the chart. “Rewind,” released in early January, is the first single from their ninth studio album, released earlier this month. As the group’s 33rd single release, their demographic is changing as new ears are introduced to Rascal Flatts and “Rewind” is a great way to bridge the two generations. Yes, Rascal Flatts, summer is one season we wish we could rewind!
- Bottoms Up—Brantley Gilbert: Spending another week at number 3 is none other than Brantley Gilbert with “Bottoms Up,” which peaked at number 1. Twenty-two weeks ago, “Bottoms Up” appeared on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for the first time and instantly found a way to get stuck in our heads. A song that’s guaranteed to get the crowd excited when played at live shows, “Bottoms Up” is mid-tempo track with strong country rock influences. The song reached a million in sales in April 2014 and became Brantley Gilbert’s first million-selling song—an accomplishment that definitely deserves some celebration so tonight, it’s bottoms up!”
- This is How We Roll—Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan: Taking home the silver this week is Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan for their country smash, “This is How We Roll.” The track has spent 25 weeks at the top, also peaking in the top spot. Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan made an appearance on stage at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month to perform “This is How We Roll.” Another small town type of love song, this track’s all about feeling good with people you love to be with—something we can all appreciate.
- Play it Again—Luke Bryan: Taking the top spot this week (again) is one of my favorite artists of all time, Luke Bryan with “Play It Again” and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing! Released in March as the fourth singe from Crash My Party, “Play It Again” has become Bryan’s eighth chart topper on the Hot Country Songs chart—the most by any act. The feel-good song is everything we need as summer arrives! I’ll be spending Sunday night with Luke Bryan and I already know I’ll be asking him to “play it again.”
Whether you’re planning on falling in love in a cop car, retreating to a time where everything wasn’t automatic, or falling in love to the beat of the music, there’s a country song for you this week! Did your favorite country song make the cut? Send us a tweet at @weknowthedj and share your thoughts!