What a decade it was for country music. With superstars like Blake Shelton pumping out a string of hits, and newcomers like Florida Georgia Line and Luke Combs jumping fully in to the fray, it was a powerful 10 years of hits.
WKML is counting down the hits and you can hear the countdown on New Year’s Day starting at 10 a.m.
A little background on how this countdown was put together: This list is based on a variety of factors including country radio airplay, streaming success, and sales success. So it’s not necessarily our PERSONAL choices, but we’ll have those for you in the coming days too.
What a start to a career this North Carolina native has had. Stringing together a series of No. 1 hits in the second half of the decade, including this massive hit.
From his hit 2015 album, Illinois, Brett made waves with this hit.
Luke certainly knows how to crash a party. This hit was all over country radio for nearly the whole decade.
Brett makes another splash on the chart with another track from "Illinois".
We could drink to this song all night too. Thanks Jerrod!
This chart entry from Combs reminded us that sometimes the best things in life come from the worst experiences.
We're a little surprised Eric didn't have an even bigger decade, but this ode to the best party night certainly was a big hit for him.
Zac and the gang owned the beginning of the decade with a string of hits, including this monster hit from 2011.
An extremely relatable song for most guys this decade, Lee had a huge hit in 2012 with this one.
The hit that started it all for the superstars. "Break Up With Him" was the first No. 1 for Old Dominion.
A massive crossover hit for Jason Aldean, with Clarkson's influence helping it rank on pop and country charts.
We honestly can't wait to see what the next decade holds for the Brothers Osborne. If the last couple years have been any indication, we're in for a treat!
Problematic, maybe. Catchy, for sure.
If we're being honest, there definitely should have been more Billy on this list.
Ah the good ol Luke.
The most up-beat of the "I'm gonna take your girl" country jams of the decade.
There's never been a better "girl, you can do better" track than this one.
This catchy tune manages to stick with us long term.
The title of Queen of Country Music for the 2010s would be a fierce battle between Miranda and Carrie. We'd give the edge to Miranda thanks to gems like this one.
The captain of sultry country hit this one out of the park.
Is it bad if you forget a song called unforgettable? Well we didn't, but just in case you had...
We probably could have done a list of all of Luke Combs' songs and it would be pretty close to the best of the decade. The king of the 2010s was on a roll.
The king of beach country probably should have had "Better Boat" on this list, but this track was a bigger hit.
It's always a party in Crazy Town.
While the charts may say otherwise, this was the best Sam Hunt song of the decade.
Silly woman, you probably don't want us calling you crazy. But Eli said it was ok.
Oh look, it's more FGL.
Jason's ode to power outages (not really) was the perfect concert anthem.
The evolution from Hootie to Darius was never more completely evident than with this awesome track. We are all in for team Hootie Country!
While some may argue this was the pinnacle (or basement if you will) of Bro Country this decade, we loved this catchy track. The video didn't do it any favors though.
Who wants to break it to Keith that wearing jeans on the beach is so not cool?
Yay! More Luke Bryan!
How do you expect us to just dance when you win us over with that voice Joshua?!
Falling in love to any other rhythm just wasn't possible after this hit.
We can forgive Kip for not singing this at Stars & Guitars this year. He's probably a bit tired of this massive hit.
Had completely forgotten about this song...
Oh, look, it's them again...
If you're gonna get drunk and high...it should be on your partner. Thanks for the reminder Luke!
Our choice for best breakup party song of the decade hands down.
Remember way back when Luke was just the simple aww shucks rain guy? Man have things changed!
Here at WKML behind the scenes central, we have a deep fondness for Brett Young, so forgive us for wanting to bump this one up a few notches on the list.
It goes way too far down on this list if you ask us. A great track from Rhett, that we'll remember for decades to come.
The peak of Luke Bryan winkwink nudgenudge lyrics this decade.
Aside from the troubling traffic violations in this track, we can't argue how great it is!
No finer country groove song was produced this decade.
One of the more inspiring hits of the decade, Eli Young and his band encouraged us to power through no matter the adversity we've faced.
Let's not let Blake's relationship woes after this song be a beacon for others. Keep blasting this at all your wedding receptions!
Yes Billy, you do make us wanna.
It was right about this song that we all realized Carrie was going to be WAY more than just some American Idol contestant.
The guilty-pleasure track none of us wants to admit we love.
Where it's at...is at number 45 on our chart!
Luke didn't miss this decade. Like literally no misses. Everything was a huge hit.
Very few Miranda Lambert songs capture such deep emotion as this ode to her roots. A song that will endure long past this decade.
May we all...appreciate that FGL put together quite an impressive run this decade.
Why yes, Mr. Houser, that IS how country feels!
When I taste tequila...I just get stupid drunk and pass out. But for megastars Dan & Shay, it helps them look back on lost loves. To each his own.
It's easy to forget how big ZBB was this decade since they've kind of disappeared, but hits like this one were so big, it helps to leave that lasting legacy.
Hey bartender! Stop serving tequila shots to Dan & Shay and get us a drink, geez!
That baby face and that powerful voice made every woman feel wanted when this hit owned the charts.
Kane makes a good point here. Life is good. Celebrate the moment you are in!
This ode to impatience was a massive hit for Thompson Square. But don't worry, a little impatience paid off in the song, so maybe it'll work for all of us.
Well, it certainly was a big decade for FGL.
While we were sad to not have Lauren at Stars & Guitars in 2019, we love how huge this hit was for her and her former high school classmate.
Blake Shelton turned into a massive mega-wattage superstar this decade, and we loved (nearly) every minute of it.
The evolution of Kenny Chesney country star has been fascinating, and this hit was a brilliant example of it.
Well, it certainly got people dancing.
Well, it was a song, and it's on this chart.
We honestly can't wait to see what the next decade has in store for Lady A.
The brief but brilliant flame that was LOCASH had a huge hit with this great inspirational tune.
Not our favorite Carrie track, but the charts don't lie!
Also not our favorite Dierks song, but charts don't lie!
Jason Aldean had a monster decade. Can he keep up the pace in the 2020s?
This should probably be higher up on the chart. Just sayin.
One of those tracks that you can't help but turn up full volume and enjoy!
A modest decade for Brett, but it included some huge hits, like this great bop.
Jake has been largely quiet lately, but this song will always get us going.
While Bro Country owned the decade, Jon Pardi showed that some good ol' boy country music still has a great place on the air.
One of the better Luke songs from the early half of the decade.
We got to hear a special treat at Stars & Guitars as HARDY performed the hit that he wrote for Blake Shelton. You can't argue how impactful this track has been in a short amount of time.
A surprise hit in the top 20 of this chart, but nonetheless it belongs here. Such a great song.
Sam was a great portion of our musical decade, and we're looking forward to the 2020s with him as well.
Honestly, we miss these kinds of songs from ZBB.
Let's get the 2020s started! It's our kinda party!
We can die happy people if Thomas keeps putting out music like this in the next decade.
You heard Miranda, put on those big girl britches and move on!
Not many songs epitomized the evolution of country music this decade than this one. And it's place on this chart shows that.
Lust, longing, heartbreak and more. It's the song we all needed to get through our emotional breakups in the 2010s.
This aww shucks mega-hit made Dustin a bona fide superstar.
This isn't the last you're gonna hear from Eric on this countdown....
While this was a remake, Darius made it one of the biggest hits of the decade.
The biggest song of 2018 helped pace FGL as the biggest stars of the last few years.
Who would have thought early in the decade that Eric Church would evolve into who he is today? "Springsteen" was huge in setting that tone and we're thrilled to see it near the top of the list.
Certainly the most widely seen country star in the 2010s, Blake made waves in every avenue of entertainment. "Honey Bee" will be a standard in country music for decades to come.
It all pretty much started here. FGL vaulted into stardom with this crossover hit that was EVERYWHERE. And there doesn't appear to be an end in sight, for better or worse.
While personally, we like other Sam Hunt tracks more than this, it's hard to argue the massive impact "Body" had on the airwaves. It was everywhere and generally, most people loved it. It's not exactly the pinnacle of country liracism, but it certainly evokes a lot of familiar feelings throughout.