Songwriter Solutions Top Country Albums Of 2013

As the year wraps up, Songwriter Solutions takes a look back at what we think were the Top Country Albums of 2013. We think these 20 entries well represent the past year in Modern Country, Classic Country and Americana. One thing is consistent, great songwriting abounds! So did I get it right? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

1.

Jason Isbell - "Southeastern"

Favorite Lyric: "A heart on the run. Keeps a hand on a gun. It can't trust anyone." - Cover Me Up

2.

The Lone Bellow - "The Lone Bellow"

Favorite Lyric: "Give me your hardest fever/Loudest scream in the crowd/Darling these good times/Can’t change, the way I feel bout you now." - You Never Need Nobody

3.

Kacey Musgraves - "Same Trailer Different Park"

Favorite Lyric: “You're damned if you do/And you're damned if you don't/So you might as well just do/Whatever you want.” - Follow Your Arrow

4.

The Civil Wars - "The Civil Wars"

Favorite Lyric: “I got caught up by the chase/And you got high on every little game/I wish you were the one/Wish you were the one that got away.” - The One That Got Away

5.

Blake Shelton - "Based on a True Story"

Favorite Lyric: “What's the greatest chapter in your book/Are there pages where it hurts to look/What's the one regret you can't work through/You got it baby, mine would be you.” - Mine Would Be You

6.

The Avett Brothers - "Magpie and the Dandelion"

Favorite Lyric: “It's all right if you've finally stopped caring/Just don't go and tell someone that does.” - Morning Song

7.

Luke Bryan - "Crash My Party"

Favorite Lyric: “Ain’t a spot downtown that’s rockin’ the way that you rock me. Ain’t a bar that can make me buzz the way that you do.” - Crash My Party

8.

Randy Houser - "How Country Feels"

Favorite Lyric: “She loved the singer/She just couldn't live the song." - The Singer

9.

Charlie Worsham - "Rubberband"

Favorite Lyric: “You can't unwreck the wreck she left/But we could rearrange the mess.” - You Can’t Break What’s Broken

10.

Darius Rucker - "True Believers"

Favorite Lyric: “Sometimes you stumbled or I lost my way/But every roadblock was a chance to say/Take my hand I'm here beside you.” - True Believers

11.

Gary Allan - "Set You Free"

Favorite Lyric: “I stood there in the middle of the church of the broken people/Watchin' to the walking wounded tell their stories.” - It Ain’t The Whiskey

12.

Thomas Rhett - "It Goes Like This"

Favorite Lyric: “I don't know what it is about you, baby/But I'm all messed up and it might sound crazy/But you make me wanna write a song.” - It Goes Like This

13.

Sturgill Simpson - "High Top Mountain"

Favorite Lyric: “Well now Lord if you can hear me won't you throw a damn dog a bone/Cause if the Devil shows up with a better deal this old soul's going down.” - You Can Have The Crown

14.

Brett Eldredge - "Bring You Back"

Favorite Lyric: “Don't lie, you've got it all figured out/That smile has got me spinnin' around/Don't even try actin' like it ain't no thing.” - Don’t Ya

15.

Jake Owen - "Days of Gold"

Favorite Lyric: “I don’t want em to see I’m dying inside/So I guess I’ll be the life/Life of the party.” - Life of the Party

16.

Lady Antebellum - "Golden"

Favorite Lyric: “These streets are only bringing me down/Gotta find a way to finally get out/Out of this goodbye town.” - Goodbye Town

17.

Ashley Monroe – "Like A Rose"

Favorite Lyric: “I don't need a card from Hallmark/Box of candy, heaven knows/Give me weed instead of roses/Let's see where it goes.” - Weed Instead of Roses

18.

Holly Williams - "The Highway"

Favorite Lyric: “All I need is out there, I will be just fine/With a 6 string guitar and a jug of wine/When the lights go down around that stage.” - The Highway

19.

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - "Old Yellow Moon"

Favorite Lyric: “And you're dealing with some demons/Who are driving you insane/And I've seen them drag you screaming/Down the hallways of your brain.” - Chase the Feeling

20.

Songwriter Solutions 'On The Rise' Entry: Driftwood - "Driftwood"

Favorite Lyric: “It's all right if you've finally stopped caring/Just don't go and tell someone that does.” - Morning Song

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Chris Smith is a founder of Songwriter Solutions and a singer-songwriter out of Winston-Salem, NC. He fancies himself a student of songwriting and believes we all have something to learn from one another. He's a soldier, a musician, a singer, a songwriter, a blogger, a son, a brother, a husband, and a soon to be father! He prefers the mountains over the beach, dogs over cats, and spinach over brussel sprouts. To connect with Chris, like him on FACEBOOK, follow him on TWITTER, and subscribe to him on YOUTUBE! He can be reached via our Contact Us page.
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