We’re almost halfway through the year and we’ve already seen an incredible amount of great releases from artists both on the edge of country and in the middle of the mainstream. Check out these 10 songs you shouldn’t have missed in May that are destined to become your new favorites.
Hunter Hayes, “21”
This pop-infused track by Hunter Hayes is one that’s sure to end up on the summer playlists of many teenage fans.
Jake Owen, “Real Life”
Jake Owen‘s surprisingly poppy new single talks about the perks and harsh realities of small town living.
Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, “Unfair Weather Friend”
Liza Anne, “Lost”
Miranda Lambert, “Roots & Wings”
Although originally written for a Ram truck advertisement, this nostalgic song from Miranda Lambert is still authentic and heartfelt.
Chris Young, “I’m Comin’ Over”
Chris Young sticks to his signature sound in this tale of lust that’s impossible to ignore, for better or worse.
Jason Isbell, “24 Frames”
Filled with lyrics that describe earnest heartbreak and a sound marked by his trademark twang, this new song from Jason Isbell is current alt-country at its finest.
Randy Houser, “We Went”
Randy Houser goes for an edgier, rock sound with his song that recounts an adventurous relationship reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde.
Chris Stapleton, “When The Stars Come Out”
This soulful track from Chris Stapleton‘s critically-acclaimed album, Traveller, showcases his powerful voice that’s backed with sweeping pedal steel.
Sam Outlaw, “Who Do You Think You Are?”
So-Cal country crooner Sam Outlaw delivers clever lyrics and subtle attitude on the single from his upcoming album, Angeleno.
Rayland Baxter, “Yellow Eyes”
This infectiously melancholy track from Nashville’s Rayland Baxter makes heartbreak sound strangely sweet.