Dierks Bentley (L) and Breland perform during the 55th annual Country Music Association awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

9 Breland Songs That Showcase the Rising Star's 'Cross Country' Sound


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Singer-songwriter Breland rose to country music fame after his country-rap influenced song, "My Truck," went viral on social media. Since then, the Georgetown University graduate, who worked his way up the musical ranks in Atlanta, has released several more singles, two EPs, an album and collaborations with some of Nashville's biggest stars. The brand new artist has also collected other honors within country music, including receiving a CMA nomination, performing on the CMA Awards and making his Grand Ole Opry debut. Breland undoubtedly has a long and successful path ahead of him in country music, and here are 9 of his best songs, so far.

 

9. "In The Woulds" (feat. Chase Rice and Lauren Alaina) (Breland EP, 2020)

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His viral hit, "My Truck," wasn't the only successful song Breland released early in his career. He also recorded "In The Woulds" with country stars Chase Rice and Lauren Alaina. The song came about after Breland hosted the #BrelandVerseChallenge on his social media accounts, during which he encouraged songwriters to contribute a verse to a song. The tune again features Breland's unique musical style, and it was included on his 2020 BRELAND EP. 

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8. "High Horse," Nelly (feat. Breland and Blanco Brown) (Heartland, 2021)

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As Breland continued gaining popularity, he also continued to collaborate with big-time artists. In the summer of 2021, he teamed up with Grammy-winning rapper Nelly and country artist Blanco Brown to release "High Horse." The tune was another one that continued bringing Breland to the top.

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7. "Beers On Me," Dierks Bentley (feat. Breland and Hardy) (Non-album single, 2021)

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Breland took part in another all-star collaboration when he was enlisted by Dierks Bentley for his 2021 single, "Beers On Me." In the tune, Bentley, Breland and fellow new artist Hardy sing about a stress-free weekend night with friends and plenty of beer. The song is a classic, feel-good country anthem, and it landed at No. 22 on the US Country chart. Breland also performed the song with Bentley and Hardy on the 2021 CMA Awards.

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6. "Throw It Back"(feat. Keith Urban) (Cross Country, 2021)

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As if collaborating with Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley, Nelly and Mickey Guyton wasn't enough, Breland added another superstar collaboration to his resumé in 2021 with "Throw It Back," featuring Keith Urban. In this R&B-inspired country song, Breland sings about a night out at a bar where he throws back a few drinks and hopes the woman he's interested in reciprocates his feelings for her. This song peaked just within the Top 40 on the Country charts.

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5. "Praise the Lord" (feat. Thomas Rhett) (Cross Country, 2022)

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Leading up to the release of his debut album, Cross Country, Breland released a feel-good single called "Praise The Lord." In this electric tune, the always energetic New Jersey native sings of all the good things in life. "Praise the Lord for southern women, Hemi engines, crispy chicken / Praise the Lord for east Atlanta, Country Grammar, and my nana," he sings in the opening lines. The song features a contagious rhythm and plenty of country flair. The tune also features Thomas Rhett in the second verse, wherein the hitmaker sings about the things he's thankful for. The song continues to establish Breland as a promising young star in country music who isn't afraid to do his own thing.

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4. "Natural" (Cross Country, 2022)

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Breland wastes no time getting new music out to fans, and he released another song from his Cross Country album called "Natural" in the summer of 2022. This tune was co-written by Breland and three other writers. It includes a sample of Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," so Twain and Robert "Mutt" Lange also have songwriting credits on the tune. Twain's influence is certainly heard in the song, as it is a upbeat, countrified ode to a Southern girl. The song also reflects Breland's unique songwriting style with clever lyrics such as "She's a barbecue baddie" and "She don't gotta catfish, 'cause she's a whole catch." 

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3. "Told You I Could Drink" (feat. Lady A) (Cross Country, 2022)

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Breland has possibly collaborated with more country superstars than any other new act in country music, and in August, he added on to that list with a song called "Told You I Could Drink" featuring Lady A. This song features smooth production with R&B and country influences as Breland sings about drinking away the memory of a past love. Lady A's Charles Kelley takes solo vocals in the second verse, and the harmonies of the three Lady A band members meld perfectly with Breland's polished voice as they finish out the tune.

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2. "Cross Country" (feat. Mickey Guyton) (Cross Country, 2021)

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Breland continued his country music career with the autobiographical "Cross Country," which not only describes his musical style, but also his journey to becoming an artist. In the tune, Breland sings about his upbringing in New Jersey and the path he took to find where he belongs. Sonically, the song exemplifies his musical style with country guitar mixed with light beats and his soulful voice. The song's music video is also memorable, as it features the singer imagining what his life would be like had he not gone into music. Breland gave this song new life when he recorded a collaboration version with Mickey Guyton.

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1. "My Truck" (Breland EP, 2019)

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The song that started it all for new artist Breland is "My Truck," his debut single that some would call "country-trap," in which the New Jersey-born vocalist sings of the pride one has for his truck. The song clearly has diverse influences and it was the first tune to truly establish Breland in mainstream country music as the talented songwriter and artist he is. The tune gained prominence on social media apps such as TikTok, and it landed at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It has since been certified Platinum. Breland also recorded a remix with country superstar, Sam Hunt.

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