(Note: Only songs released in September 2014 are eligible to make the list)
September was a huge month for new mainstream country album releases. You might have noticed by the increased amount of reviews we’ve been doing on the site and this going to continue into the month of October as they’ll be even more new albums on the way. But before we begin October it’s time to look back on the best country music of September. The purpose of these monthly playlists is to bring attention to you the readers the best recent songs in country music. So without further ado let’s break down this month’s top ten list.
Lee Ann Womack’s album was by far the best country album released in September, so it’s no surprise she takes the top spot and three of the top four in the top ten. Her new album The Way I’m Livin’ is fantastic and highly recommend listening to it if you haven’t yet. Another thing to note is this is the third month this year that Womack has made the top ten list here on Country Perspective. The other artist that had three songs make the top ten list is Keeley Valentino. Her new self-titled EP was short, but sweet for the ears. Her top song from the EP, “Burned,” is the standout from it and certainly worthy of being #2 on the list. Coming in at #6 is a song from the Brothers Osborne’s new self-titled EP, “Love The Lonely Out Of You,” an emotional love ballad that really showcases the true talent of the duo. At #7 is the new duet single from Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight.” I’m glad Shelton released this ahead of his album release today because this list is prepared days in advance, therefore making it unable for me to listen to the album. I’ve stated in the past my respect for Monroe’s work and it’s nice to see Shelton put something with merit out again.
Next is Josh Turner’s new single, “Lay Low,” which is a solid love song and a nice return song for him after an extended hiatus from country music. I’m looking forward to hearing the material on his new album. Coming in at #9 is a song from Big & Rich’s new album Gravity, which I will be reviewing very soon, titled “Thank God for Pain.” It’s a modern country song with a good message and features good harmonies from Big Kenny and John Rich. The final song to round out Country Perspective’s top ten country songs of September 2014 list is another song from Valentino, “Signs for Bakersfield.”
While there were a lot of new country songs released this month, that doesn’t mean a lot of quality. There was a lot of bad music released, however there are a few songs that deserve honorable mention and were close to making the top ten list.
Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”
Big & Rich – “This Kind of Town”
Lee Brice – “Panama City” & “Whiskey Used To Burn”
Tim McGraw – “Sick of Me” & “Diamond Rings And Old Barstools”