Contact Us

10 Songs That Deserved More in 2017

Country Songs of 2017
Rick Diamond / Ethan Miller / Erika Goldring, Getty Images

There are hits, and then there are songs that should have been. Country superstars, newcomers and legends make up this list of 10 songs that deserved more in 2017.

Great songs slip between the cracks every year, but this year’s batch were particularly strong. Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band and Montgomery Gentry are established hitmakers who released songs that didn’t reach as many fans as they should have. Newcomers Lindsay Ell, Danielle Bradbery and Drake White also make our list for 2017.

What is a hit, anyway? The definition is slippery, as it can’t be solely based on radio, streaming or sales success. A Top 20 song that tops the sales charts is absolutely a hit, while a Top 20 single that flamed out before it had a chance to become ubiquitous is eligible for this list. A fe —, like the current single from Bradbery — may reach their full potential in 2018.

1. Tucker Beathard, “Momma and Jesus” 

“Momma and Jesus” didn’t crack the Top 40 before the shuttering of Tucker Beathard‘s BMLG imprint slashed the song’s chances of becoming his second No. 1 single. The country-rocker could have been one of the Top Songs of 2017.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

2. Zac Brown Band, “Roots” 

It’s difficult to understand why this rich, hooky single from Welcome Home didn’t perform at radio other than to guess that it was lost among a long list of record label priorities.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

3. RaeLynn, “Love Triangle” 

“Love Triangle” had a viral country story that elicited strong emotions, but the tempo didn’t ever seem to be a fit for radio. Perhaps more than any other single released by a female in 2017, this song exemplifies the struggles women are having. It’s a great song.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

4. Kristian Bush, “Sing Along” 

Kristian Bush‘s “Sing Along” is bittersweet love song that would have sounded great between any subgenre on country radio. The smartly-written heartbreaker barely cracked the charts and was his last solo release before Sugarland‘s reunion.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

5. Drake White, “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” 

Drake White’s Top 30 hit is his definitive moment thus far, but few got a chance to hear this soulful love ballad. It’s a brilliant performance that rattles your bones.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

6. Montgomery Gentry, “Better Me” 

2018 could be the year for “Better Me,” but one would have expected the single to resonate immediately after Troy Gentry’s death. There was a little airplay, but not enough to properly tribute the loss of a great singer and a great man.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

7. Lindsay Ell, “Waiting on You” 

A high-profile relationship may have ultimately doomed this single from Ell, which at No. 42 became her highest-charting song to date. “Waiting on You” was probably not going to be a No. 1, hit but was certainly deserving of the Top 20.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

8. Michael Tyler, “They Can’t See”

Michael Tyler is a new artist on an independent record label, but this well-written, pop-country love song fit perfectly with today’s radio playlists. Maybe it would have taken a few lucky bounces for “They Can’t See” to be a hit, but the song was worthy.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

9. Alan Jackson, “The Older I Get” 

Jackson released this single just before his Country Music Hall of Fame induction, and while it will be included on an album in 2018, there hasn’t been much of a promotional push this year. We’ll give it some needed love here — the song also cracked the Top 10 on ToC’s Best of 2017 list.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

10. Danielle Bradbery, “Sway” 

It’s just so good! The one-time NBC The Voice winner is back with new music, including this feel-good, soulful pop-country song. Listen and try not to “sway” with her. It’s impossible.

Subscribe to Kalamazoo’s Country on

See the 17 Undeniably Best Country Songs of 2017

Next: See the Best Albums of 2017

Best of Kalamazoo

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kalamazoocountry.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.