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Top 20 country songs of 2007

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2007 was a great year for country music
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Here's a list of the hottest country songs of 2007.

2007 was a great year for country music. I have compiled my own list of the top 20 country songs of 2007 using a very scientific method consisting of: checking the Billboard lists for songs that spent multiple weeks in the top 20, reading other people's lists of favorite songs, and narrowing it down by picking enjoyable songs that I seemed to hear over and over again on the radio.

My Top 20 Country Songs of 2007

  • My Wish, performed by Rascal Flatts, written by Jeffrey Steele.
"More than anything, my wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it…"

While the song doesn't exactly identify the object of the singer's wishes, this song brings to mind the things I wish for my children.

  • Ticks, performed by Brad Paisley, written by Brad Paisley, Kelly Lovelace, and Brad Warren.
"I'd like to walk you through a field of wildflowers, and I'd like to check you for ticks."

This has got to be one of the strangest pick-up lines in all of history, but it makes for a catchy song.

  • Anyway, performed by Martina McBride, written by Martina McBride, Brett Warren, and Brad Warren.
"You can spend your whole life buildin' somethin' from nothin'..
One storm can come and blow it all away.
Build it anyway…"

I'm sure I'm not the only person who thought of all the victims of Hurricane Katrina while listening to this song.

  • Amarillo Sky, performed by Jason Aldean, written by John Rich, Big Kenny, Rodney Clawson, Bart Pursley.
"He just takes the tractor another round
And pulls the plow across the ground
And sends up another prayer…"

In this song, Jason Aldean brings to light the plight of the family farmer in the United States. The video is especially poignant, with quotes from young second, third, and fourth-generation farmers.

  • Want To, performed by Sugarland, written by Bobby Pinson, Jennifer Nettles, and Kristian Bush.
"The whole world could change in a minute,
Just one kiss could stop it spinnin'
We could think it through
But I don't want to if you don't want to…"

"Want To" is a perfect song illustrating the moments that define a relationship.

  • Because of You, performed by Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, written by Ben Moody, Kelly Clarkson, and David Hodges.
"Because of you, I learned to play on the safe side so I don't get hurt…"

The video of this duet between Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire demonstrates how an abusive relationship can trap someone and destroy their confidence in themselves and their ability to trust anyone to help.

  • Our Song, performed by Taylor Swift, written by Taylor Swift.
"Our song is a slammin' screen door
Sneakin' out late, tappin' on your window…"

Taylor Swift's debut album is full of songs that celebrate the joys and heartbreaks of young love. She's an amazing talent, both with her vocals and her songwriting ability.

  • Ready, Set, Don't Go, performed by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus, written by Casey Beathard and Billy Ray Cyrus.
"She's waiting on my blessing before she hits that open road…
Well, baby, get ready, get set, don't go…"

Anyone who has a daughter can appreciate this ode to watching your little girl grow up and follow her dreams. Billy Ray and Miley performed the duet version on Dancing With the Stars.

  • Stay, performed by Sugarland, written by Jennifer Nettles.
"When she calls you to go
There's one thing you should know
We don't have to live this way
Baby, why don't you stay?"

This is the song sung by the other woman in a relationship, asking her lover to stay and not return to his wife.

  • Letter to Me, performed by Brad Paisley, written by Brad Paisley.
"You've got so much up ahead
You'll make new friends
You should see your kids and wife
And I'd end by saying have no fear
These are nowhere near the best years of your life..."

What would you say to yourself at age 17? This song is Brad Paisley's answer to that question.

  • Don't Blink, performed by Kenny Chesney, written by Chris Wallin and Casey Beathard.
"Just like that you're six-years-old and you take a nap
And you wake up and you're 25
And your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink…"

An old man turns 102 and gives his secret to life: don't blink.

  • So Small, performed by Carrie Underwood, written by Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, and Carrie Underwood.
"When you figure out
Love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else
Seem so small…"

This song shows how we can make things seems so big in life: our problems, our stresses, and our disappointments. But when we compare those things to what really matters, they can seem small.

  • Watching Airplanes, performed by Gary Allan, written by Jonathan Singleton and James Beavers.
"And I'm just sittin' out here watchin' airplanes
Take off and fly
Tryin' to figure out which one you might be on
And why you don't love me anymore…"

Gary Allan's soulful voice is perfect for this song about heartbreak and about wondering what went wrong.

  • Firecracker, performed by Josh Turner, written by Josh Turner, Pat McLaughlin, and Shawn Camp.
"When it comes to love she ain't no slacker
My little darlin' is a firecracker…"

Josh Turner's deep bass voice sets him apart from the rest of the men singing country music today. This song is full of not-so-subtle double meanings about sex, and it's a lot of fun.

  • Everybody, performed by Keith Urban, written by Keith Urban and Richard Marx.
"Well, maybe I've been too caught up
To see what you've been going through
All that I can say is that I'm here now
And everybody needs somebody sometimes…"

Keith Urban, Australian country music star and husband of actress Nicole Kidman, has hit the country music scene like a storm. This song talks about the fact that we all need help sometimes.

"1-2-3, Like a bird I sing
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings
I'm so glad you're here today
Cause tomorrow I might have to go and fly away…"

This cheerful song about being down on your luck was written by Big Kenny, half of the country duo Big & Rich. The kids joining Tim on the last chorus are his daughters and his wife, Faith Hill.

  • Alyssa Lies, performed by Jason Michael Carroll, written by Jason Michael Carroll.
"Alyssa lies to the classroom
Alyssa lies every day at school
Alyssa lies to the teachers
As she tries to cover every bruise…"

"Alyssa Lies" tells the story of a dad and his daughter trying to make sense of her classmate's abuse. It's a depressing song, but it shines a light on an important issue.

"Pair of boots and a sack of clothes
Free and easy down the road I go
Hangin' memories on the high line poles
Free and easy down the road I go…"

Living the gypsy, wandering life is the subject of this upbeat tune that was perfect for the summer.

  • I Wonder, performed by Kellie Pickler, written by Kellie Pickler, Aimee Mayo, Karyn Rochelle, and Chris Lindsey.
"Oh, I hear the weather's nice in California
There's sunny skies as far as I can see
If you ever come back home to Carolina
I wonder what you'd say to me…"

Former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler may have not won the top prize, but she has sure made a career out of her success on the show. "I Wonder" is her autobiographical song about being abandoned by her mother at an early age.

"So lay me down in that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my mama always prayed that it would go
If you're reading this, I'm already home…"

Many artists have turned from the ultra-patriotic songs we first heard after 9/11, and are writing songs about the impact the war is having on people's lives. This poignant song is a letter from a soldier who will not be coming home. Tim McGraw performed the song at the Academy of Country Music Awards. After he sang, he was joined onstage by 100 family members of fallen soldiers, whose way to the awards show had been paid by Tim and his wife, Faith Hill. It was a very moving moment.

There you have it: my choices for the top 20 country songs of 2007. My apologies if I missed your favorites!

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