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article imageOp-Ed: Top 10 chart-topping country music singles of 2013

By Markos Papadatos     Nov 10, 2013 in Entertainment
2013 was a great year for the following singles, especially since they all topped the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts. Here are my picks of the 10 best of the year. To be fair, each country artist is represented only once.
At No. 10, is Justin Moore with his upbeat love song "Til My Last Day," which was the first single to reach No. 1 on country radio in 2013. I love the traditional country side to Moore's music and his twang.
At No. 9, is Randy Houser with his catchy and radio-friendly radio single "Runnin' Out of Moonlight," which is a tune that you could listen to on repeat the whole day.
Darius Rucker comes in at No. 8 with his rendition of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel," which he made his own. Rucker brought this tune for No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts and it stayed there for two weeks in early June of 2013.
At No. 7 is Jake Owen with "Anywhere With You." It has a great message to it and it is one of his finest vocal performances since "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."
Keith Urban comes in at No. 6 with his chart-topper "Little Bit of Everything," which is off his new CD. His vocals on this tune are soothing and rich.
At No. 5 is country heartthrob Luke Bryan with the title track of his new album and lead-off single "Crash My Party." It is a catchy single and great melody that many female listeners would love to have sung to them (or played for them).
Reigning Country Music Association (CMA) "Male Vocalist of the Year" Blake Shelton is at No. 4 with his gorgeous ballad and current single "Mine Would Be You." Ironically enough, this song is this week's No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts, and given its momentum I think it will stay at this position for a few more weeks to come.
At No. 3 is hit country duo Florida Georgia Line with "Round Here." They were ubiquitous this year thanks to the success of their breakthrough single "Cruise," which propelled them to country super-stardom and rightfully so. Another honorable mention for Florida Georgia Line was their No. 1 hit "Get Your Shine On".
Country trio The Band Perry follows at No. 2 with their spitfire and sassy single "Better Dig Two," which is edgy and showcases their country-rock side.
When all is said and done, the No. 1 country single of 2013 was Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck." It really hits you like a shot in the heart. Brice emerges as the male version of Martina McBride, since this tune really hits the heartstrings. He showcases a great deal of range, vulnerability and a lot of heart. I challenge anybody to listen to poignant single without getting goosebumps. My only suggestion is to have a box of Kleenex ready.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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