Compared to albums, making picks of songs is such a tough, arbitrary business. This year seems especially tough, not because the field isn’t strong, but because many of the best moments are coming from unlikely sources, including a cadre of cover songs that despite the spirit of the “Best Songs” approach being about original compositions, seem almost criminal to omit.
Kirsty Lee Akers
As first reported by Saving Country Music on New Years Eve of 2013, Billy Ray Cyrus has had a hip-hop version of his legendarily terrible song “Achy Breaky Heart,” and now unfortunately this nightmare has become a reality. Released as a video collaboration with hip-hop artists “Buck 22,” the “Achy Breaky Heart 2” video is complete with scantly-clad twerking backup dancers with the backdrop being an alien spaceship.