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Top 10 Country Songs of 2018 (So Far)

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Played back-to-back, the top country songs of 2018 offer evidence that the definition of country music has never been more loosely interpreted. Pop-country, alt-country, country-rock, folk-country … you’ll find all of these sub-genres on our annual list of the best in country music.

It’s a fluid list, which means as more and more songs are released this year, the top spots will get shuffled around. Right now version of Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road” sits at the No. 1 spot. And whether you enjoy “Meant to Be” or not, there’s no denying the force it has become — Florida Georgia Line have themselves their second-most successful hit of all time!

Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves songs are sure to make a purist smile. Devin Dawson and Brett Young fall in the middle, with each offering aching ballads that paint a complex emotional portrait in just a few verses. “Cry Pretty,” the new single from Carrie Underwood, makes this Top 10 Songs of 2018 (So Far) list. It remains to be seen how this song will be accepted, but placing the year’s most anticipated single at No. 10 felt like a safe place to start.

Should Underwood be higher? Should any of these songs be lower or not included at all? Yes, we’re reading your comments and considering your submission as the year trucks along.

The Taste of Country Top Country Songs of 2018 list is determined using sales and radio airplay data, reader feedback and staff opinion. Any song that spent the majority of its chart life in 2018 is eligible.

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