It’s such good times in independent country music at the moment, the Top 25 Playlist is busting at the seams and been extended to 29 temporarily just to take in all the great songs and artists demanding to be heard.
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.
Turnpike Troubadours – “Brought Me” – It might not be possible for the Turnpike Troubadours to turn in a bad song. This tribute to the Turnpike fans that stuck with the band through the thick and thin of their hiatus and other issues isn’t just touching, the Celtic/Cajun inflections make it a great listen. August 25th and their new album A Cat In The Rain can’t get here soon enough.
McBride & The Ride – “Cool To Be Country” – Yes, the old ’90s band led by Terry McBride is back, and so is the sound of actual country music that McBride & The Ride embrace on the opening song of their new EP Marlboros & Avon.
Royce Johns – “Wish I Was” – Royce Johns rightly sends chills up your spine with the way he immediately evokes memories of all those poetic and playful master songwriters of country music in the ’60s. “Wish I Was” comes from Royce’s new album Thank Ya Kindly that is worth checking out.
Kimmi Bitter – “Aquamarine” – Our brothers and sisters out in Hawaii are dealing with an unspeakable tragedy with the recent wildfires. Folks who know their country history know that country owes its legacy of the steel guitar to the island state. Kimmi Bitter is one of the best throwback country gals out there at the moment, and she brings the Polynesian influence in country music right to the forefront in this single.
Brian Setzer – “Girl On The Billboard” – There’s just about nobody more cool living or dead than the Stray Cat Brian Setzer, and when he covers a country song, it’s cause for celebration. Made famous by Del Reeves in the mid ’60s, Setzer revitalizes “Girl On The Billboard” for his new album The Devil Always Collects out September 15th.
Erin Viancourt – “Straight Down The Barrel” – Produced by Cody Jinks, Erin Viancourt’s new album Won’t Die This Way is creating all kinds of buzz. “Straight Down The Barrel” shows off Erin’s true country sound, and like all great country music, is actually written for adults.
Charles Wesley Godwin – “All Again” – Now signed to Big Loud Records, Charles Wesley Godwin is about to blow up big time with the big release of his 19-song new album Family Ties. “All Again” is one of four new CWG songs fans can preview before the album release date on September 22nd.
Oliver Anthony – “Rich Men North of Richmond” – Unless you’ve been on Mars, you’ve probably heard about this song. Over this weekend, it’s been the most popular song in the world, and it comes from an authentic, previously-amateur, and soon-to-be big star from Virginia who is the latest viral songwriter to resonate so deeply with the public, he’s being sent into the stratosphere. The story is just beginning for Oliver Anthony.
William Beckmann – “She Can’t Be Found” – This young man originally from South Texas has an excellent country voice and is a master of so many country sounds. He shows how good he is with the Outlaw sound in this excellent track from his recently released album Here’s To You. Here’s To Me.
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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:
- “She Can’t Be Found” – William Beckmann – Here’s To You. Here’s To Me
- “Brought Me” – Turnpike Troubadours – A Cat in the Rain (8-25)
- “Rich Men North of Richmond” – Oliver Anthony – (single)
- “Straight Down The Barrel – Erin Viancourt – Won’t Die This Way
- “Wish I Was” – Royce Johns – Thank Ya Kindly
- “Everybody Wants To Be A Cowboy” – Ross Cooper – Lightning Heart (9-29)
- “The Wild” – Gabe Lee – Drink The River
- “I Ain’t Through Honky Tonkin’ Yet” – Brennen Leigh – Ain’t Through Honky Tonkin’ Yet
- “Cool To Be Country” – McBride & The Ride – Marlboros & Avon EP
- “Get On Board” – Mickey Lamantia – The Cannon File (TBD)
- “Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)” – Vince Gill, Paul Franklin – Sweet Memories: The Music of Ray Price
- “All Again” – Charles Wesley Godwin – Family Ties (9-22)
- “Clean up Your Act If You Want to Talk Dirty to Me” – Summer Dean – The Biggest Life
- “White Horse” – Chris Stapleton – Higher (11-10)
- “Aquamarine” – Kimmi Bitter – (single)
- “Whatever Happened To The Cadillac” – Dale Watson – Starvation Box
- “Holes” – Wyatt Flores – (single)
- “Hey Fool” – Ray Scott – (single)
- “Close The Bets” – Kyle Nix and the 38s – After The Flood (7-28)
- “Where Daniel Stood” – Miles Miller – Solid Gold
- “The Palace” – The Watson Twins – Holler
- “Corralling the Blues” – Colter Wall – Little Songs
- “The Town In Your Heart” – Lori McKenna – 1988
- “Girl On The Billboard” – Brian Setzer – The Devil Always Collects (9-15)
- “King of Oklahoma” – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Weathervanes
- “Smokin’ Belladonna and Drinkin’ Gasoline” – Dallas Moore – No God in Juarez
- “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” – Christian Parker with Earl Poole Ball – Sweethearts (8-18)
- “Mean Old Sun” – Turnpike Troubadours – A Cat in the Rain (8-25)
- “Shooting Hand” – Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen – Hold My Beer Vol. 3