It's crazy to think that it has already been a decade since 2009. In the past ten years, we've seen some quality hits from the likes of celebrated artists like George Strait, Sugarland and Blake Shelton.
It was hard to narrow it down, but these fifteen 2009 country songs are some of the best that are celebrating their 10th birthday this year.
1. "Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood
The lead single from Carrie Underwood's third studio album Play On, "Cowboy Casanova" has become one of the powerhouse singer's most recognizable songs.
2. "Feel that Fire" by Dierks Bentley
The title track from Dierks Bentley's album of the same name, which featured the number one song "Sideways," became the singer's sixth number one hit. The upbeat song was co-written with The Warren Brothers. Even a decade later, it remains one of Bentley's most beloved songs.
3. "Then" by Brad Paisley
"Then" is one of four Brad Paisley songs that is certified 2x Platinum. From his seventh studio album American Saturday Night, this romantic tune gives you all the feels as Paisley reflects on the first time he met his loved one. "Then" is Paisley's first song to rank on the Adult Hot Contemporary charts as well.
4. "Toes" by Zac Brown Band
From the band's debut major studio album The Foundation, "Toes" really helped put Zac Brown Band on the map with their second number one hit. The relaxing beachy tune was inspired by co-writer Wyatt Durette's 30th birthday trip to Key West (although the song's narrator is in Mexico).
5. "She's Country" by Jason Aldean
Written by Danny Myrick and Bridgette Tatum for Jason Aldean's album Wide Open, "She's Country" was the singer's second number one hit on the country charts. The song has become one of Aldean's most recognizable and is certified 3x platinum. It's impossible not to sing along with this country-rock song.
6. "Sweet Thing" by Keith Urban
Co-written by Keith Urban and Monty Powell for Defying Gravity, "Sweet Thing" won Urban a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2010. This endearing country pop tune takes you through the narrator's memories of his first dates with his loved one, and there's definitely some solid electric guitar solos happening.
7. "American Ride" by Toby Keith
"American Ride" was released as the title track from Toby Keith's album of the same name (which also hit number one with "Big Green Tractor" and "God Love Her"). Already a celebrated musician by 2009, this was the singer's 19th number one hit on the country charts. Keith sings about some current issues happening in the country but how despite it all, he's still proud to be an American.
8. "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift
The second single from Taylor Swift's studio album Fearless, saying that "You Belong With Me" was a success is an understatement. The country-pop song earned the singer various award nominations at the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It's certified 7x Platinum, which is crazy when you think about it. Swift was inspired to write the song after hearing a friend fighting on the phone with his girlfriend. From there, she finalized the sweet song with co-writer Liz Rose.
9. "I Run To You" by Lady Antebellum
"I Run To You" was the third single from the group's self-titled debut album and it really put Lady Antebellum on the map in a big way. It won a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group and was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song. The "Need You Now" singers co-wrote the song with Tom Douglas.
10. "Out Last Night" by Kenny Chesney
"Out Last Night" was Kenny Chesney's 38th number one hit. Released as a new song and single off his album Greatest Hits II, the song also hit the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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11. "Country Boy" by Alan Jackson
The third straight number one single from Good Time, "Country Boy" was Alan Jackon's 25th number one. The song, also written by the singer, is a pure honky tonk tune featuring the narrator offering to take a lady anywhere she needs to go.
12. "Here Comes Goodbye" by Rascal Flatts
This heartfelt ballad was the first single from Rascal Flatts' album Unstoppable. It earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group. The powerful vocals follow the narrator as he realizes that his lover will be leaving him. In addition to number one on the country charts, the song also hit number eleven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
13. "Small Town USA" by Justin Moore
Justin Moore's second single of his career off his self-titled debut album became his first number one hit. The somewhat autobiographical song was inspired by Moore being homesick for his childhood in Poyen, Arkansas, which is also where the singer filmed the music video. The song really put the singer-songwriter on the map.
14. "Gettin' You Home" by Chris Young
Also known as the "black dress song," "Gettin' You Home" was released as the second single from The Man I Want to Be. It became the first of five consecutive number one hits and earned Chris Young a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The song is sexy in a lowkey way, with the narrator singing about how he's just looking forward to getting his woman home and "seeing your black dress hit the floor."
15. "Alright" by Darius Rucker
Released as the third single from the Hootie and the Blowfish singer's first country album Learn to Live, "Alright" has consistently been one of Darius Rucker's most popular songs.
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