2017 Country Music Playlist: The Must-Haves

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Looking for the perfect country music playlist for your 2017 road trip? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the must-have country hits of the year.


Whether you’re a hardcore country fan or someone who only listen to the radio on occasion, there’s no denying that the past year has been huge for the genre. 2017 has seen a wide variety of both new and veteran artists releasing music that has quickly become some of the biggest hits in recent memory.

If you’re looking to catch up on all the best country music from this year, look no further than this playlist. We’ve gathered together some of the biggest and most popular songs from 2017, including hits from both established stars and exciting up-and-comers. Whether you’re a fan of toe-tapping melodies or heart-wrenching ballads, there’s something on this list for everyone.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the best country music that 2017 has to offer.

2017 Country Music Hits

2017 has been a great year for country music. So many artists have released such great music this year. It’s been hard to keep up with it all! If you’re looking for a good country music playlist, look no further. Here are some of the must-have songs from this year.

“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt

“Body Like a Back Road” is a song by American country music singer Sam Hunt. It was released to country radio on February 1, 2017 as the fourth single from his album Montevallo. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, making it Hunt’s sixth consecutive number-one hit on that chart.

“Dirt on My Boots” by Jon Pardi

“Dirt on My Boots” is a song co-written and recorded by American singer Jon Pardi. It was released to radio on August 1, 2016 as the lead single from his album California Sunrise. Pardi wrote the song with Ashley Gorley and Luke Laird. “Dirt on My Boots” peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at number one on the Country Airplay chart.

“Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland

“Drinkin’ Problem” is a song performed by American country music trio Midland. It was released in April 2017 as the third single from their debut studio album On the Rocks. The song was written by the band’s lead singer Mark Wystrach, along with Cameron Duddy and Shane McAnally.

The song is about a drinking problem, told from the perspective of the alcoholic. It is a slow ballad with steel guitar and piano instrumentation.

The song was a commercial success, reaching number one on the US Country Airplay chart and number two on the Hot Country Songs chart. It also peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song received positive reviews from critics, who praised its honest portrayal of addiction.

“Every Little Thing” by Carly Pearce

“Every Little Thing” is a song by Carly Pearce, released in 2017. The song is about a young woman’s journey to find love and happiness, and how she finally finds it in a small town. The song is a beautiful ballad with a catchy melody and Pearce’s gorgeous vocals. “Every Little Thing” is one of the must-have country songs of 2017.

“God, Your Mama, and Me” by Florida Georgia Line

This song is about a young couple in love and how they’re willing to do anything for each other. It’s a sweet, romantic song that will definitely tug at your heartstrings.

Classic Country Songs

Country music has a long-standing tradition of being a favorite genre among music lovers. There are so many great classic country songs that it can be hard to narrow down the list to just a few. Here are a few of our favorites that we think are essential to any good country music playlist.

“Amarillo by Morning” by George Strait

“Amarillo by Morning” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in July 1983 as the lead single from his album Right or Wrong. The song was written by Paul Franklin, Terry Smith, and Strait. Strait’s recording was produced by Jimmy Bowen and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in early 1984.

The song is an ode to the life of a rodeo cowboy, who travels from town to town and lives a life of constant hardship. The lyrics describe the cowboy’s longing for his home in Amarillo, Texas, and his love for the sport of rodeo. “Amarillo by Morning” has been covered by a number of other artists, including Lee Greenwood, Barbara Mandrell, Garth Brooks, and Willie Nelson.

“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn

“Boot Scootin’ Boogie” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music duo Brooks & Dunn. It was released in June 1992 as the third single from their album Brand New Man. The song became the duo’s first number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in September 1992.

“Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks

“Friends in Low Places” is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in August 1990 as the lead single from his album No Fences. The song became his second, and to date, his last Number One hit on the Billboard country charts, as well as his first single to top the charts. The song spent four weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in September and October 1990, giving him nine chart-toppers for the year – a record for most number ones in a calendar year that would not be broken until 2006, when Carrie Underwood would have her tenth Number One with “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.”

The song is sung from the perspective of someone who has just been kicked out of a bar for fighting. He reflects on how happy he is to not be “stuck up there with them” and how he would rather be “down here with my friends in low places.” The song has been praised for its relatable lyrics and working-class perspective.

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones is a classic country song that was released in 1980. The song is about a man who has lost the love of his life and can’t seem to move on. While the lyrics are sad, the sentiment is relatable to many people. The song became a hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard country charts.

“I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton

Parton’s classic ballad is one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful love songs ever written, and her performance of it is nothing short of perfection. The song was originally written for Parton’s close friend and mentor, Porter Wagoner, as a way to show her gratitude for all he did for her during their time working together. But, as Parton has said, she knew the song was too special to give to anyone but herself, and she eventually recorded it for her 1974 album Jolene. The rest, as they say, is history.


We hope you enjoyed our 2017 country music playlist! These are just a few of the many great songs that came out this year. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

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