The newest additions to the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist don’t include a lot of boot scooters, but it may contain some of the best-written songs released all year. As we near the end of the year, it’s time to start considering the best songs and albums of all of 2018, and who will comprise the candidates for Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Some of them could be represented in the latest playlist update.
The newest additions start off with the superbly-written “Death & Life” from Jamie Lin Wilson, off her latest record Jumping Over Rocks. She definitely tapped into the Guy Clark inspiration for this one. “Cheyenne” by the Pistol Annies may be one of the best songs any three of the ladies from the supergroup has written, and it also makes the list. And no songs seems as timely and true as The Steel Woods‘ title track off their upcoming album “Old News.” It’s going to be a long wait until January 18th when the new album is finally released.
A couple of other important songs come from folks you may have never heard of, including Brian Callihan‘s pre-album single “Living Room.” The chorus of this song is just pure traditional country goodness, and it illustrates great songwriting. Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters have a new album out called All Damn Day, and the Southern rock vibe of “Walking On Water” makes the cut. Colter Wall‘s selection on the playlist has also been freshened to the opening track of his new album, “Plain To Be Plainsman.”
The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist primarily lives on Spotify, but is also available for those who use Google Play, and on Apple Music thanks to Country Exclusive. For those who don’t stream music, you can still find the song recommendations in list form below.
Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist:
- “If I Can Make Texas Tonite” – Tom Buller – When A Country Boy Gets the Blues
- “Around Here” – Whitey Morgan and the 78’s – Hard Times and White Lines
- “Walking On Water” – Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters – All Damn Day
- “Natural Disaster” – Dillon Carmichael – Hell On An Angel
- “Ruby’s Stool” – Loretta Lynn – Wouldn’t It Be Great
- “Living Room” – Brian Callihan – (single)
- “Finding Who I Always Should Have Been” – James Steinle – South Texas Homecoming
- “Cheyenne” – Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel
- “Brokenhearted” – William Michael Morgan – (single)
- “Viki Lynn” – Lauren Morrow – Self-Titled EP
- “JP’s Florida Blues #1” – JP Harris – Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
- “Slow Kill” – Kristina Murray – Southern Ambrosia
- “Down Low” – Town Mountain ft. Tyler Childers – New Freedom Blues
- “Sad” – Carson McHone – Carousel
- “Death & Life” – Jamie Lin Wilson – Jumping Over Rocks
- “Plain to See Plainsman” – Colter Wall – Songs of the Plains
- “Bad Time To Be An Outlaw” – The Bottle Rockets – Bit Logic
- “Better Boat” – Kenny Chesney (ft. Mindy Smith) – Songs for the Saints
- “Old News” – The Steel Woods – Old News
- “Head Case” – Cody Jinks – Lifers
- “Holy Dirt” – John R. Miller – The Trouble You Follow
- “Is It Cheating” – Belle Plaine w/ Colter Wall – Malice, Mercy, Grief, and Wrath
- “Red And Gold” – The Brother Brothers – Some People I Know
- “She Don’t Love Me” – Adam Hood (w/ Brent Cobb) – Somewhere In Between
- “Dolly Would You Pardon Me” – Christina Christian – (single)
- “That’s Why They Call It Temptation” – Robbie Fulks, Linda Gail Lewis – Wild! Wild! Wild!