30+ Songs About Living Life to the Fullest & Being Happy
How do you make the most of each and every day? We all have bad days from time to time, but these are only temporary. One of the things that brings us to life is music.
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The right song turns a whole day around. Whether you need a new theme song for your bucket list or you’re planning a celebration of life party, you need an uplifting playlist.
Music puts the feelings we can’t always express into words, sounds, and tunes. It gets your blood pumping and your foot-stomping. If you’re ready to live life to the fullest, here are the best 30+ songs to spark your next playlist. Get ready to turn the volume up!
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Country Songs About Living Life to the Fullest
Country music reminds us of the importance of the simple things in life. From sitting on the front porch to enjoying time with friends, these are the songs that show us what really matters.
1. "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts
When we age, we learn to accept our mistakes as the roadmap they are. Each misstep leads us to the people we are today. Even if the road you took to this moment was broken, it made you who you are.
2. "Let It Go" by Zac Brown Band
We can’t control everything in life, and that’s okay. The Zac Brown Band encourages listeners to remember that life always goes on.
3. "Humble and Kind" by Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw understands what’s really important in life—to be humble and kind. Say please and thank you, respect those you love, and do your best each and every day. That’s what it means to be a good person.
4. "Girl In a Country Song" by Maddie & Tae
These girls aren’t afraid to tell it how it is. They’re all about girl power and staying strong through it all. Country music is good fun, but nobody really wants to be a “girl in a country song.”
5. "Smoke Break" by Carrie Underwood
While the name might imply Carrie Underwood thinks more people should pick up smoking, this is really a song about learning to let yourself relax. Everyone deserves to have some fun!
6. "This One’s For the Girls" by Martina McBride
This is a call to arms to all women everywhere that you should cast your worries aside and just let go.
7. "It’s a Great Day to Be Alive" by Travis Tritt
Travis Tritt knows that life is better when you live and let live. If you sing along to one of the greatest country hits, you’re sure to cherish each day.
If you or a loved one aren't into digital playlists for your country songs, you can pick up a physical CD, record, or tape from an online marketplace like Amazon.
Rock Songs About Living Life to the Fullest
Rock pushes us to be bold, try new things, and take advantage of every moment. These are perfect for a living funeral, dance party, or a solo car ride. They’re guaranteed to get your heart pumping.
8. "Dream On" by Aerosmith
Is there any song more rock ‘n roll than “Dream On?” We don’t think so. This song reminds listeners that “the good lord will take you away” one day, so you’ve got to seize the day.
9. "Don’t Stop Believing" by Journey
Not only does this song play at every party, but it’s also got a great message about always believing in yourself.
10. "The Show Must Go On" by The Beatles
Queen’s Freddie Mercury recorded this song towards the end of his battle with AIDS, and he proves just how possible it is to live amongst the greatest of challenges.
11. "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks sings about her own struggles with grief, saying it’s time to begin again.
12. "Heroes" by David Bowie
This song was inspired by lovers separated by the Berlin Wall. It just goes to show that everyone can be a hero, even if it’s only for one day. Even our small contributions to this planet matter.
13. "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness
Love is a rare and beautiful thing. When it affects us, this is something worth celebrating. Do you believe in a thing called love? Just listen to your heart.
14. "Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin
This song is a reference to a Lord of the Rings quest, evoking fantasy, wonder, and excitement. Your own life is an adventure. Are you enjoying the ride?
Rap and Hip-Hop Songs About Living Life to the Fullest
Rap and hip-hop are a form of lyrical poetry. Let these experts on life share their wisdom about living life to the fullest.
15. "Forever Young" by Jay Z ft. Mr. Hudson
We can’t go back to the past, so let’s live in the present. It’s better to be forever young than to live forever.
16. "Live Your Life" by T.I. Ft. Rhianna
Even when you think times are at their worst, pop a bottle and stay grateful for what you have.
17. "Stronger" by Kanye West
This song could prepare you for anything. With a sample from Daft Punk’s hit, this song is all about having fun.
18. "Trophies" by Drake
Drake’s “Trophies” is all about being a winner, even if you don’t feel like one. We all play along in his fantasy for this one.
19. "Moment 4 Life" by Nicki Minaj
There are some moments that you wish you could have for life, so just let yourself feel alive and celebrate. These memories won’t last forever.
20. "Dreams and Nightmares" by Meek Mill
Even if you feel like you’ve waited a lifetime for your moment, it’s coming. When it does, it’s okay to bask in that glory.
21. "DNA" by Kendrick Lamar
This war song is all about fighting for what you believe in. Your last breath could be closer than you think, so you need to go for the things that matter to you.
Pop Songs About Living Life to the Fullest
Pop music is bubbly and upbeat, embodying everything fun and exciting about life. From top 40 hits to fan favorites, these songs have it all.
22. "We Are Young" by FUN
The chorus of this song embodies adolescence and the joy of being carefree. “Tonight we are young,” so make the most of every second.
23. "Good Old Days" by Mackelmore and Kesha
Value your experiences while you can. Soon, they’ll be the “good old days” and you’ll wish you could have them back.
24. "Do You Realize?" by The Flaming Lips
Life goes faster than you “realize.” It’s hard to make the good moments really last, but we still have to try the best we can.
25. "The Nights" by Avicii
Sometimes the best nights are as easy as playing the right song (hint: it’s this one). These are the nights worth remembering, so pay attention to the small things.
26. "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson
Even when things don’t go your way, it only makes you stronger. As Kelly Clarkson says, “What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter.”
27. "Skyscraper" by Demi Lavato
No obstacle gets in your way if you’re determined enough. As long as you have a strong foundation, you can build your own skyscraper.
28. "Harder, Better, Faster" by Daft Punk
This funky classic is guaranteed to get you moving. It might be simple, but when you “work it harder” you “make it better.”
Older Songs About Living in the Moment
Sometimes you have to take a trip down memory lane to understand the beauty of everywhere you’ve been. These songs about aging and enjoying the now inspire you to be mindful every day.
29. "Let It Be" by The Beatles
The Beatles have the best advice of all—let it be. When things get hard, just remember that you can’t control everything. Sometimes you have to just let it go and do the best you can with what you have.
30. "Imagine" by John Lennon
If you’re a dreamer, John Lennon says you’re not the only one. No dream is too far away if you imagine it’s possible.
31. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
Life is full of endless colors. As long as you wake up and see them, it’s a wonderful world. Are your eyes open to everything life has to offer?
32. "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop
If you’ve got a lust for life, nothing can get in your way. While this song hints at drugs and alcohol, you have to admit it’s a rousing song about living fast and hard.
33. "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
We’re all on a stairway to heaven, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still “change the road you’re on.” It’s never too late for redemption.
34. "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" by Rolling Stones
It’s true that you can’t always get everything you want. But, as the Rolling Stones sing so eloquently, “you might just find what you need.” This ode to keeping your virtues close is a great motto to live by.
35. "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan
Money and luxury won’t get you far in this world. It’s all about love and being true to yourself. This inspirational song is all about putting yourself before capitalism.
Create Your Own Happiness Playlist
Everyone deserves a playlist that reminds them of all the reasons why life is wonderful. Whether you prefer rap or pop, don’t be afraid to search for the songs that make you feel deeply. We only live once, so why not listen to the best music while we can?
All of these catchy tunes above prove that it’s not hard to start end-of-life planning. All you need is your favorite song and a bit of inspiration. Are you ready to get started?
If you're looking for more ways you can start living in the present, read our guides on how to start living in the moment if you're feeling anxious and how to write your life story.
The Best Country Songs About Growing Up Whatever Stage You’re At In Life
We all love to reminisce – that’s part of life. And these country songs about growing up will help you realize how important it is to look back with joy and contentment at the wonderful blessings in our lives.
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We all have experienced huge milestones, small wins, or terrible failures – but one thing is for sure, the only way to live is if we grow. So, without further ado, here are some of the best coming-of-age songs to give us back a sense of days gone by.
1. “Young” by Kenny Chesney
Released as the lead single off his 2002 album No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems, “Young” finds Chesney reminiscing about his teenage years. From being awkward and shy to being wanna-be rebels to wishing he was older – it’s absolutely things we are all familiar with.
2. “The Best Day” by George Strait
Watching our kids grow up is truly a bittersweet moment, and Strait knows how it feels as he sings about the joys of fatherhood in “The Best Day.” The heartwarming ballad tells the story of a father who ponders about the different stages of his son’s life – from being a young man to becoming a teenager and eventually marrying the woman he loves.
3. “There Goes My Life” by Kenny Chesney
This poignant ballad actually spent seven consecutive weeks atop the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. “There Goes My Life” tells the story of a teenage boy whose dreams came crashing when he knew his girlfriend was pregnant. But in the end, he realized that it was all worth it.
4. “Boy” by Lee Brice
Brice decided to release “Boy” as the lead single to his self-titled fourth studio album after he noticed concertgoers holding up photos of their sons whenever he sang the song. Indeed, the country ballad connects with every parent who’s watching their kids grow up too fast right before their eyes.
5. “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride
This powerful ballad, “Concrete Angel,” centers on the story of a young girl who endured abuse at her grandmother’s hands. Sadly, the little girl eventually died, but she went onto the afterlife, where she is loved more than she ever was.
6. “The Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton
This country song basically tells Parton’s earlier years – like how her mother would stitch together a coat for her daughter using rags they’ve received from their friends. “The Coat of Many Colors” was inspired by the stories told by Parton’s mother about Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors.
7. “Then They Do” by Trace Adkins
Adkins gave us one of the most heartening country ballads about children and families – and that’s “Then They Do,” which tells the story of a father watching his kids growing up. You’ll get to see how the trouble-causing kids turned out to be adults who have accomplished their dreams.
8. “Rebecca Lynn” by Brian White
The country ballad tells the story of a boy who fell in love with Rebecca Lynn in second grade. It follows the times the two spent together – from their elementary school days to joining the prom and finally, marrying each other and having a child of their own.
9. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
McGraw has always been a proud father to his three gorgeous daughters, so no one could relate to this song as much as the country superstar. The heartwarming ballad finds McGraw telling his daughter that she will forever be his little girl even though she is growing up.
10. “Letter to Me” by Brad Paisley
Paisley wrote the “Letter to Me” after his wife asked him to write a book of letters for his younger self. He turned it into a song wherein he reflects on his youth. With all the different teenage experiences he went through, he realized that he’s now much wiser.
11. “Remember You Young” by Thomas Rhett
Rhett’s “Remember You Young” conveys a nostalgic theme and contains references to events from his past. The country singer noted that they wrote the song for the people in their lives and how they will always be remembered no matter how much time passes by.
12. “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney
The song was one of the fastest-rising singles in Chesney’s career. It tells the story of a younger man who saw a 102-year-old man’s news interview, who was asked what’s his secret to life. The old man’s response was, “Don’t blink.”
13. “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” by Darius Rucker
The mid-tempo ballad follows a couple whose life changed the moment they welcomed their newborn daughter. It then chronicles how the little girl grew up, and the father realized how he would no longer be able to observe her much.
14. “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
The first time Lambert heard the song, she immediately emotionally reacted to it and wanted to record it right then and there. It turned out to be her fastest-rising single and earned her a Grammy Award.
It finds Lambert returning to the old house she grew up in.
15. “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins
Adkins’ 2008 country hit features three verses – each portrays an event of a woman’s life. It chronicles from the time she was a young student to owning her own apartment to having kids of her own.
Here Are Some More Country Songs About Growing Up To Make You Feel Good
Indeed, growing up is more than just getting older. Here are some more songs that have perfectly captured the road to adulthood.
- “Best Days of My Life” by George Strait
- “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride
- “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” by Lady Antebellum
- “He Gets That from Me” by Reba McEntire
- “Landslide” by The Chicks
- “He Didn’t Have to Be” by Brad Paisley
- “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” by Brooks & Dunn
- “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
- “Don’t Take the Girl” by Tim McGraw
- “Suds in the Bucket” by Sara Evans
If country songs about growing up teach us something, it’s that adolescence is a never-ending process. Hope you enjoyed this list!
10 Country Songs to Encourage You Through Difficult Times
As the old saying goes: when it rains, it pours. Sometimes the challenges in life seem insurmountable, but there’s always a rainbow at the other side of a storm. In recent weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over much of the news cycle for its wildly contagious and sometimes deadly results, causing added financial and emotional distress for many around the world.
As such, what better way to offer some encouragement than highlighting 10 country songs that might just help in this difficult time? After all, isn’t that one of the most beautiful things about this genre? Real-life stories that bring warmth and healing to the heart.
“Getting Good” – Lauren Alaina
Letting go of the future and living in the present is the key message of Alaina’s current single. And of course, this couldn’t have been out at a more apt time. Single-handedly penned by acclaimed songwriter Emily Weisband (Keith Urban,Thomas Rhett, Camila Cabello), “Getting Good” will undoubtedly provide relief, love and encouragement to anyone over-burdened by the constant worries of life. Love, loss, material pursuits and contentment are just some of the relatable themes covered in this uplifting tune.
Key Lyric: “Once I learn to grow right where I’m planted, maybe that’s when life starts getting good.”
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Eli Young Band
If you’re pursuing your passion and have been knocked off sidetrack by the economic slowdown or life’s curveballs, take heart in this song. The passion coursing through our veins led us all to the path we were and are on, and it’s this same passion that will continue to lead us henceforth, no matter how many meanders lie ahead. Hang in there, and “keep on dreaming, even if it breaks your heart.”
Key Lyric: “Some dreams stay with you forever, drag you around but bring you back to where you were / Some dreams keep on gettin’ better, gotta keep believin’ if you wanna know for sure.”
“It Won’t Always Be Like This” – Carly Pearce
This song is another quintessential must-listen if you’re hustling through life. Co-written by Pearce—who is no stranger to struggle herself—the ballad is delivered with an ache in her voice. “It won’t always be like this / No the heart won’t ache forever, no matter how hard it gets / It won’t always be like this, no,” she sings plaintively. Hustle the hustle, and fight the fight. It hurts, but as Pearce promises, “it won’t always be like this.”
Key Lyric: “I had big wings but didn’t have a sky, just a front-row view of everybody flying high / Waiting for my time, wish I could’ve told myself back then / It won’t always be like this.”
“The Journey of Your Life” – Jake Owen
One of the most underrated songs in Jake Owen’s career, this album cut gem off Barefoot Blue Jean Night is a country music bible or how-to guide. In this tune, with each of the three choruses, we get advice from Owen on what the most important things are in life and how we need to keep them close to us on “the journey of your life.” Aided by a soft production, this impeccably-written ballad truly captures the essence of what country music is to a T.
Key Lyric: “You gotta draw the line sometimes when push comes to shove / You’ll need to lose some to be a winner / And have courage to surrender / You’ll need to laugh a lot and keep it light on the journey of your life / And no matter what dreams you’re chasing, never get above your raising / And may the simple things be amazing / On the journey of your life.”
“Road to Happiness” – Cam
This softer, acoustic guitar-led song leads us to question what truly brings us joy and ignites the fire in our hearts? What really matters? Is it something we’re chasing now? Is it something that we’re completely oblivious to because of what we’re aiming towards presently? Are we bogged down by our often anxious or worrywart ourselves? Ultimately, “Road to Happiness” invites listeners to reflect on but, at the same time, be present to the present on our own unique roads to happiness.
Key Lyric: “Is the future that we’re chasin’ / Worth the right-nows that we miss / On this road to happiness?”
“Work in Progress” – Allie Colleen
Allie Colleen is perhaps the only ‘unknown’ name on this list. This release, however, stands on par with all other songs mentioned here. If you’re getting lost in the constant comparison with others’ talents, opportunities, jobs or life, “Work in Progress” might just provide the encouragement and rest you need. In the end, we’re all on the journey of trying to be the best we can be not for anyone else, but ourselves. This song reminds us that no matter how near or far we’re from our goals or ideals, we’re a “work in progress.”
Key Lyric: I’m the best I’ve ever been, but not the best I’ll ever be / I have faith in the things I can’t see / On this journey to me
“Riser” – Dierks Bentley
Another essential life anthem, Dierks Bentley’s “Riser,” penned by Steve Moakler and Travis Meadows, reminds everyone that no matter how difficult life gets, we’re all born risers and lighters that can light up the dark places we’re in. There are no two ways in this song. We can’t let ourselves be locked down. We can’t let painful circumstances define us. There’s only one way to go when “pushing comes a-shovin’,” because we’re born “fighters.”
Key Lyric: “The hard times put the shine into the diamond / I won’t let that keep us in the ground / I’m a riser / I’m a get up off the ground, don’t run and hider / Pushing comes a-shovin’ / Hey I’m a fighter / When darkness comes to town, I’m a lighter / A get out aliver, out of the fire, survivor.”
“Those I’ve Loved” – Eric Church
While this song tells a specific story of heartbreak and lost romance, the overarching theme is simple and relatable: “I wouldn’t be who I am today if not for those I’ve loved along the way.” On our journey, we cross paths with many people. Some end up staying and becoming gems in our relationships, and some leave at some point. Regardless, we are molded consciously and subconsciously by those we surround ourselves with, as this song suggests. Also, in the bridge, Church sings. “It was never about tryin’ to be some big star / For me it’s always been about these songs.” If you’re pursuing your dream and following your heart, whether you’re an artist/songwriter/musician or not, this might just hit home. After all, aren’t we chasing a dream or goal for ourselves and maybe for those we love, too?
Key Lyric: “It was never about tryin’ to be some big star, for me it’s always been about these songs / You see they’re my best friends, they’re the life I live, and I hope they put a smile on the face of those that I’ve loved along the way / ‘Cause I wouldn’t be the man I am today, if not for those I’ve loved along the way”
“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde
As daunting as the title sounds, if you haven’t heard this song yet, you need to. Have you ever been down a path surrounded by naysayers? And yes, as easy as the general advice to shake off your haters is, what if they’re family? What if they’re the people you love? That’s where McBryde drew the inspiration for this song from. Growing up with a father and high school teacher who weren’t completely supportive of her passion, she fought long and hard to make her dreams become a reality. A couple of note-worthy nominations and awards later, she proves how fighting for what you want pays off, in due time.
Key Lyric: “And where they said I’d never be is exactly where I am / I hear the crowd look around / And I can’t find an empty chair / Not bad for a girl goin’ nowhere.”
“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves
Perhaps one of the most uplifting songs across all genres, Musgraves’ adoption of a “less is more” approach on “Rainbow” is what makes it stand out. With instrumentation stripped to just a piano, the core message of the encouraging ballad gets all the spotlight. “There’s always going to be a rainbow hanging over your head,” the singer reminds us, even if we’re “stuck out in the same old storm again.” The message is universal: hustle through, hang tight to our umbrella, and have faith— “it’s all gonna be alright.”
Key Lyric: “You hold tight to your umbrella, well, darlin’ I’m just tryin’ to tell ya / That there’s always been a rainbow hangin’ over your head.”
Bonus Unreleased New Songs:
“Forged in the Fire” – Caylee Hammack
This unreleased song from Hammack reminds us that nothing beautiful and strong is made without being forged in the fire. The struggles and pain are part of the process to our own version of greatness. “When does a phoenix learn how to fly? / Do I get my wings when I stop asking why? / How do I start moving on, moving past, stop holding on, looking back / When God’s hell-bent on making me a fighter, forged in the fire,” the country songstress sings with a tear in her voice.
“For the Love” – Charlie Worsham
“Love can’t fill your tank or pay your rent, oh but love is the only reason that makes sense / If you can’t put your heart into it, for the love of God don’t do it, I’ve only ever been in it for the love,” Worsham reminds us in the hook of this heartfelt tune. Perhaps some or many of us are experiencing the heartache and slammed doors that happen once too often for dream-chasers, but this song puts everything in good perspective. If we’re in it for the money, we would have quit by now. But instead, we’re still chasing that dream down, because it’s fueled by a passion and love that can never be erased from our veins.
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The 10 Best Inspirational Country Music Songs
"It's a Great Day to Be Alive" — Travis Tritt
In "It's a Great Day to Be Alive," Travis Tritt sings about a great day in his life, and all the things he has, and appreciates. He wishes every day could be just like that one.
"And it's a great day to be alive. I know the sun's still shinin' when I close my eyes.There's some hard times in the neighborhood, but why can't every day be just this good?"
"If You're Going Through Hell" — Rodney Atkins
In "If You're Going Through Hell," Rodney Atkins sings about when things go wrong, and you feel like you're at your lowest point, to keep on moving, and you'll make it through.
"If you're going through hell. Keep on going, don't slow down, if you're scared, don't show it. You might get out before the devil even knows you're there."
"Choices" — George Jones
George Jones sings about the choices we have in life, and making good ones, and living with the results in his song "Choices."
"I was tempted by an early age. I found I liked drinkin'. Oh, and I never turned it down. There were loved ones. But I turned them all away. Now I'm living and dying with the choices I made."
"I Saw God Today" — George Strait
George Strait sings about seeing God in everyday events and people. From the flower growing in the sidewalk to his brand new baby girl in his song "I Saw God Today."
"His fingerprints are everywhere. I just slowed down to stop and stare. Opened my eyes and man I swear, I saw God today."
"Jesus Take the Wheel" — Carrie Underwood
In her song, "Jesus Take the Wheel," Carrie Underwood sings about a young single mother who is driving home on Christmas Eve, with her baby in the back seat, and she hits a patch of black ice on the highway and starts losing control of her car. It's then that she asks Jesus to take the wheel and steer her to safety. When she gets through the accident without harm, she realizes she's been living her life wrong and promises God that she will make a change.
"Jesus, take the wheel. Take it from my hands. 'Cause I can't do this on my own. I'm letting go, so give me one more chance. Save me from this road I'm on. Jesus, take the wheel."
"Ordinary Angels" — Craig Morgan
In "Ordinary Angels," Craig Morgan sings about how when people feel that times are at the worst, that is when heaven sends you a helping hand to help pick you back up again.
"We all got a little superman, ready to take a flight, and save a life, oh save a life. Take a look around and you'll see. Ordinary angels."
"When I Get Where I'm Going" — Brad Paisley with Dolly Parton
In "When I Get Where I'm Going," Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton sing about reuniting with their deceased loved ones when they themselves pass on. They tell people not to cry for them when they are gone, as they will be in a better place.
"Yeah when I get where I'm going, there'll be only happy tears. I will shed the sins and struggles, I have carried all these years. And I'll leave my heart wide open. I will love and have no fear. Yeah when I get where I'm going, don't cry for me down here."
"I Hope You Dance" — Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack sings about wanting the very best for the people you love in her song "I Hope You Dance."
"I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me that you'll give fate a fighting chance. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance. I hope you dance."
"Bless the Broken Road" — Rascal Flatts
Sometimes we need to go through some bad experiences to get to a better place in life. In "Bless the Broken Road," Rascal Flatts sing about going through a lot of hard times, but in the end, they found the person they were meant to be with, so it was all worth it.
"But you just smile and take my hand. You've been there, you understand. It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true."
"Believe" — Brooks & Dunn
Brooks & Dunn's song "Believe" tells the story of a man's faith that there is more to life than the things that you can see.
"I raise my hands, bow my head. I'm finding more and more truth in the words written in red. They tell me that there's more to life than just what I can see. Oh, I believe."
Songs life country
Life is pretty simple according to lyrics of some of our favorite country music songs. Don't cheat, love your mama, whiskey makes the bad (or good for that matter) news go down easier, and true love can be found behind the wheel of your favorite truck and by the side of trusty pup. But seriously, our favorite country music songwriters have a lot to teach us about the intricacies of life and love, and when it's time to just put on our cowboy boots and get our heels and toes a tappin'. Along with these quotes, there's a country song to guide you through all different seasons of your life. Maneuvering through a tough breakup? We're confident you'll find solidarity (and some good ideas for payback) in this list of theCountry Breakup Songs Everyone Can Relate To. Sitting around the fire opening presents at Christmastime and want some Country classics to sing along to? We've got the 52 Best Country Christmas Songs to sing at the top of your lungs. And if you're looking for a laugh, look no further than this list of funny country songs that will get you rolling on the floor.
For most people who grew up in the rural areas of the world -- or like to pretend they did -- being country is a thing of pride. Plenty of big country names know what it's like to live out in the country, and, of course, some of the most iconic songs in the genre are about that simple, yet determined, way of life.
There's Hank Williams Jr.'s "A Country Boy Can Survive," Alan Jackson's "Country Boy" and Tim McGraw's "Where the Green Grass Grows" -- classics. Newer songs celebrating the country way of life include Luke Bryan's "Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” Darius Rucker's "Southern State of Mind" and Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here." And that's just barely scratching the surface.
Which country song about being country is the best of them all, though? Read on for our Top 10 picks:
"Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”Luke Bryan
Bryan landed his 16th career No. 1 song with "Huntin', FIshin' and Lovin' Every Day." The song is an ode to Southern living — and Bryan, who grew up on a peanut farm in small-town Georgia, certainly knows a lot about that subject. “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” is the 12th tune on Bryan's Kill the Lights album; he co-wrote the upbeat, mid-tempo song, which praises the easy ways of life as a small-town Southern boy, with friends Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, who are together known as the Peach Pickers.
In "Rednecker," songwriter-turned-artist Hardy isn't afraid to go to bat for his hometown and tell y'all about his redneck street cred. Hardy (full name: Michael Hardy) comes by that small-town pride honestly: He grew up in Philadelphia, Miss., a town of about 7,500, located in rural Neshoba County.
"My town's smaller than your town / And I got a bigger buck and bass on my wall / Got a little more kick in my drawl / Y'all, I got little more spit in my chaw," Hardy sings in the chorus of "Rednecker." "My truck's louder than your truck / And my collar's a little more blue / You might think that you're redneck / But I'm rednecker than you ..." -- and, uh, we believe him.
"Hicktown" was the debut single from Aldean's debut album, and it helped set the tone for much of his subsequent career. The uptempo, guitar-driven track talks up of all the various ways small-town folks entertain themselves: "We let it rip when we got the money / Let it roll if we got the gas / It gets wild, yeah, but that's the way we get down / In a hick town." Big & Rich wrote "Hicktown" with Vicky McGehee; the song reached No. 10 and has since become a staple of Aldean's live show, and one of his signature songs.
"Country Boy"Alan Jackson
Country legend Jackson, released "Country Boy" in 2008, as the third single from his album Good Time. In the tune, Jackson sings about the benefits that come along with being with a country boy: "I'm a country boy, I've got a four-wheel drive / Climb in my bed, I'll take you for a ride / Up city streets, down country roads / I can get you where you need to go / 'Cause I'm a country boy." "Country Boy," which was written by Jackson, peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
"Where the Green Grass Grows"Tim McGraw
“Where the Green Grass Grows” was a hit for McGraw in 1998. The song finds the artist wanting to escape city life and return to his country dream: "I'm gonna live where the green grass grows / Watch my corn pop up in rows / Every night be tucked in close to you / Raise our kids where the good Lord's blessed / Point our rockin' chairs towards the west / And plant our dreams where the peaceful river flows / Where the green grass grows." The song appears on his 1997 album Everywhere.
"Southern State of Mind”Darius Rucker
Although Rucker first made a name for himself outside the country music genre, he lays out just what makes him country in his song "Southern State of Mind." Sweet tea, holding the door for women and just being plain-old polite remind him of his home in South Carolina. He explains to country outsiders, "You can see it in the clothes I wear, you can hear it when I talk / Ballcap, boots and jeans and a little Southern drawl / I could be up in Ohio or back home in Caroline / No matter what state I'm in / I'm in a Southern state of mind."
"Boys 'Round Here"Blake Shelton
Shelton released his platinum-certified song "Boys 'Round Here" in the spring of 2013. "Well, the boys 'round here don't listen to the Beatles / Run ol' Bocephus through a jukebox needle / At a honky-tonk, where their boots stomp / All night, what? (That's right)" Shelton sings, with an assist from the Pistol Annies. "Yeah, and what they call work, digging in the dirt / Gotta get it in the ground 'fore the rain come down / To get paid, to get the girl / In your four-wheel drive (A country boy can survive)." "Boys 'Round Here" was penned by ace tunesmiths Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Craig Wiseman -- no wonder it was a hit!
“A Country Boy Can Survive”Hank Williams Jr.
Williams Jr.'s "A Country Boy Can Survive" is a song about the perseverance of country folk: Although he sings about the worries of the world, Bocephus is quick to point out that it really doesn't matter -- country boys (and girls) are self-reliant and will get through life by their own accord.
"Because you can't stomp us out, and you can't make us run / 'Cause we're them old boys raised on shotguns," Williams Jr. sings. "We say grace, and we say ma'am / If you ain't into that, we don't give a damn."
“Redneck Woman”Gretchen Wilson
Wilson's "Redneck Woman" stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks and became the most successful song of the singer's career. Needless to say, the country life-lovin' song was popular, selling in excess of one million units and earning the 2005 Grammy Awards trophy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Wilson, who grew up listening to country music, name-checks some of her own favorite artists in "Redneck Woman," including George Strait, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker and Hank Williams Jr., along with rock stars Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd. However, she credits Faith Hill -- specifically, the singer's "Breathe" music video -- with inspiring the track: “She’s gorgeous. She looks like a supermodel. She’s rolling around in satin sheets. And that was the inspiration behind “Redneck Woman,”” the Illinois native recalls.
"Thank God I’m a Country Boy”John Denver
In 1975, Denver released his ode to country life, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." It's a classic, with Denver singing, "Well I got me a fine wife, I got me an ole fiddle / When the sun's comin' up, I got cakes on the griddle / Life ain't nothin' but a funny, funny riddle / Thank God I'm a country boy." The song was incredibly popular, placing in the top spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 in addition to the Hot Country Songs chart. Oh, and did we mention it also hit No. 1 in Canada and ... Yugoslavia?!
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