The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist is built to keep you informed on all the best songs and albums coming out right here, right now in country and roots music. It’s available on most all streaming formats (see below), or you can just use the song, artist, and album recommendations to find something new to listen to. New songs just added.
Gabe Lee – “Merigold” – The warning has been issued in the past, and it’s being issued again: If Gabe Lee writes as song and names it after a woman, you best lean in and listen. “Merigold” is also a flower and a town in Mississippi. But in this case, it’s a survivor’s story that cuts to the bone.
Caitlin Cannon – “Amarillo and Little Rock” – Caitlin Cannon writes songs about the real parts of life, venturing into realms that many others songwriters are often too afraid to go. Inspired by a traffic stop, Cannon takes stock in life geographically and existentially.
Turnpike Troubadours – “Chipping Mill” – The Turnpike Troubadours just have the business of writing and recording songs down so cold, you can immediately hear how a track will resonate live, and for years to come. The second single from their upcoming album A Cat in the Rain out August 25th, this song was written by bassist RC Edwards with Oklahoma songwriter Lance Roark.
Brennen Leigh – “I Ain’t Through Honky Tonkin’ Yet” – Brennen Leigh has just released a new badass classic country record, and there’s no better example than this title track. She’s at the top of her game at the moment and doesn’t seem to miss.
Dallas Moore – “Smokin’ Belladonna and Drinkin’ Gasoline” – Dallas has a brand new album out called No God in Juarez that includes songs written by forgotten country Outlaw Billie Gant. Billie is a master at evoking character in his songs, and there’s not better example than the wild-assed and prone to hyperbole narrator of “Smokin’ Belladonna and Drinkin’ Gasoline.” Look for a big write-up on Billie Gant and Dallas Moore’s tribute to him on SCM soon.
HogLeg Band – “Worst Enemy” – The song may be about losing, but Louisiana’s Hogleg Band and frontman Lance Woolie make it sound not so bad with this spry track ahead of an album coming up called Honky Tonk Blues.
Summer Dean – “Clean Up Your Act If You Wanna Talk Dirty to Me” – You can tell just by some of Summer’s song titles that Summer Dean has studied all the old classic country songs and how they operate, and then used that knowledge to write a few of her own that could slide right into the catalog of Loretta Lynn or Tammy Wynette, and nobody would be the wiser. New album The Biggest Life out now.
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The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist primarily lives on Spotify, but is also available for those who use Amazon Music, YouTube, Apple Music, and Tidal. For those who don’t stream music, you can still find the song recommendations in list form below.
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Please Note: The songs on this playlist are curated for listening pleasure and flow. Otherwise, they are not in any specific order.
Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist:
- “Clean up Your Act If You Want to Talk Dirty to Me” – Summer Dean – The Biggest Life
- “Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)” – Vince Gill, Paul Franklin – Sweet Memories: The Music of Ray Price (8-4)
- “King of Oklahoma” – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Weathervanes
- “I Ain’t Through Honky Tonkin’ Yet” – Brennen Leigh – Ain’t Through Honky Tonkin’ Yet
- “Mean Old Sun” – Turnpike Troubadours – A Cat in the Rain (8-25)
- “Merigold” – Gabe Lee – Drink The River (7-14)
- “You’re Gonna Get Lonely” – Whitney Rose – Rosie
- “A Friend Of Mine” – Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Altitude
- “Women and Horses” – Alex Hall with Brandy Clark – Side Effects of the Heart (9-15)
- “Herassmeant” – Hot Country Knights w/ Darla McFarland – (single)
- “Corralling the Blues” – Colter Wall – Little Songs (7-14)
- “Smokin’ Belladonna and Drinkin’ Gasoline” – Dallas Moore – No God in Juarez
- “Day One” – Ward Davis – Sunday Morning EP
- “The Town In Your Heart” – Lori McKenna – 1988 (7-21)
- “California Sober” – Billy Strings feat. Willie Nelson – (single)
- “Cash Carter Hill” – Tommy Prine – This Far South (6-23)
- “A Feeling Called Lonesome” – Miles Miller – Solid Gold (7-7)
- “Wrong Side of Town” – Joe Stamm Band – Fort Smith EP (7-14)
- “Worst Enemy” – Hogleg Band – (single)
- “Rocky Mountain Pines” – Ty Smith – (single)
- “I’ve Got Her On My Mind Again” – Malpass Brothers – Lonely Street
- “El Dorodo” – Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway – City of Gold (7-21)
- “Amarillo and Little Rock” – Caitlin Cannon – (single)
- “Chipping Mill” – Turnpike Troubadours – A Cat in the Rain (8-25)
- “New Start” – Roberto Trevizan with Matheus Canteri – (single)
- “State You Left Me In” – Jake Worthington – Self-Titled