This list of top 40 country songs for June 2021 is unlike any other, with many familiar country artists taking the lead.
Dominating the top spot is no other than the record-breaking crooner Luke Combs who poured out genuine, vulnerable emotion on a ballad accented by gentle piano, which makes it so special. But then again, two artists who have long been on a hunt for a No. 1 hit are also close by.
There are plenty of feel-good country tracks in this list, too; this includes songs by Thomas Rhett, Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay, and so much more. Scroll down to see which songs made it to this month’s list.
1. “Forever After All” by Luke Combs
Luke Combs ran through some of the things that ultimately lose their shine – such as faded blue jeans, broken trucks, and for some unfortunate reason, beer bottles that end up empty – in his brand-new love song. But, for all his life, Combs just accepted these minor misfortunes as life’s facts – until he met the woman he would spend the rest of his life with.
“Forever After All,” which the country superstar wrote by himself for his deluxe album What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, is already the third song Combs has released about his passion for his wife and their togetherness.
2. “Famous Friends” by Chris Young & Kane Brown
Chris Young and Kane Brown took home the CMT Music Award for Collaboration of the Year for their single “Famous Friends,” and the duo wrapped up the live event with a remarkable performance of the song at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last June 9.
Released in November 2020, as the third single from Young’s upcoming studio album of the same name – which will be out this August 6 – the duet finds the country superstars giving a shout out to their hometowns, including Davidson County, Tennessee, where their adopted hometown of Nashville is located.
But if you think the song is about them being famous and friends, it’s definitely not! Instead, it is a song that celebrates our day-to-day heroes, such as police officers, schoolteachers, and preachers, who are renowned in their small towns. These are actually “our friends who were famous to us — but may not be famous to everyone else.”
3. “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s” by Sam Hunt
The young ones might not realize this, but there was actually a time when dealing with a split wasn’t a tricky thing to do. Now, Sam Hunt reflects on how the 1990s was so much easier when it comes to breaking up.
The heavy-hearted song speaks to how social media makes moving on so much more challenging nowadays, as you can see your old flame apparently moving on so much faster – something that was not possible many years ago.
“Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s” was released to radio in October 2020. It became another chart-topping single for Hunt, reaching the top spot on both the Country Aircheck/Mediabase and Billboard Country charts.
4. “Settling Down” by Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert shows her softer side with this mid-tempo acoustic track which finds the country superstar reflecting on her newfound romance and how settling down with the man of her dreams might affect her life.
Lambert co-wrote the romantic ballad “Settling Down” with Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick, the same team who penned her earlier single, “Bluebird.” The singer revealed how the song grew from a simple conversation she had with her bus driver about her relationship with her husband, Brendan McLoughlin. Lambert further said that McLoughlin is one of the song’s most fervent supporters – he even went on the road with her to promote the single’s release.
5. “Hell of a View” by Eric Church
Just about ten years after scoring his first No. 1at country radio, Eric Church once again conquered the top spot with yet another chart-topper, “Hell of a View.”
Co-written by Church together with Monty Criswell and Casey Beathard, the romantic track tells the tale of a couple who chose a daring and exciting life together over a secure and reliable one that’s focused on making money. The couple left their native land and pursued their dreams of music and art, making sure it happens against all odds.
It is the second single from the country star’s Soul, part of his three-part Heart & Soul release – which Church said to be the “favorite project of my career.”
6. “Gone” by Dierks Bentley
Dierks Bentley’s “Gone” finds the country singer in a delightful spot between his roots as a bluegrass fan, his earlier radio hits, and the brand-new songs he leans toward as a country music listener.
Released as the lead single from his forthcoming tenth studio album, this song sings about life after a tough breakup. But Bentley said that after recording the track in the midst of the global pandemic’s turmoil, he related to the song not only in the way it depicts the consequences of a relationship-gone-bad but as well as how he feels about 2020. According to the singer, the breakup song also represents the lockdown that keeps touring musicians “gone” from their fans.
7. “Lil Bit” by Nelly and Florida Georgia Line
Nelly and Florida Georgia Line go way back – eight years ago to be exact when they first joined forces in 2013 for a remix of the duo’s breakthrough debut single, “Cruise.” But the talented singers absolutely got a “Lil Bit” closer for their latest collaboration.
Teaming up for the fun and exciting country-rap anthem, the country duo and hip-hop beloved come together for a Nashville hang that only superstars could do. “Lil Bit” is actually an ode to a budding romance where the trio recounted meeting a girl in a club. They quickly hit it off, and she asked them to take her to the country and show her where they are from.
8. “Country Again” by Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett finds comfort in finally coming back home in the song “Country Again,” which is also the title track of his double album project.
Co-written by Rhett and Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell, the country singer shifts direction away from the smooth, cutting-edge productions to more traditional country instrumentation. It features a rumbling electric guitar mixed with some lead acoustic licks and fiddle as Rhett sings with a little bit of sadness for having strayed so far from his roots.
“It’s about the crazy journey I’ve been on over the last decade and ultimately finding my way back home,” said Rhett.
9. “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” by Elle King + Miranda Lambert
The two country superstars are having way too much fun in their latest collaboration.
Performing the song live for the very first time when they opened the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards. The upbeat song finds Elle King and Miranda Lambert belting out of a great, exciting night out. The duo expressed how much they do not want the night to end as they’re having the best time of their lives.
“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” absolutely came to life when they released its music video where King and Lambert can be seen partying at an’ 80s-inspired wedding. King’s actual husband-to-be made a special appearance in the short clip.
10. “The Good Ones” by Gabby Barrett
ACM’s New Female Artist of the Year Gabby Barrett earned her second career No. 1 with “The Good Ones,” which she co-wrote with a bunch of songwriters and her husband Cade Foehner in mind.
It’s actually her second consecutive No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. According to Barrett, she chose the song’s theme to bring positive relationships into the spotlight, unlike the kind of story portrayed in her earlier hit, “I Hope.”
11. “One Too Many” by Keith Urban & Pink
12. “Nobody” by Dylan Scott
13. “Things a Man Oughta Know” by Lainey Wilson
14. “Chasing After You” by Ryan Hurd With Maren Morris
15. “Almost Maybes” by Jordan Davis
16. “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” by Little Big Town
17. “Glad You Exist” by Dan + Shay
18. “Undivided” by Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard
19. “We Didn’t Have Much” by Justin Moore
20. “I Was on a Boat That Day” by Old Dominion
21. “Blame It on You” by Jason Aldean
22. “Waves” by Luke Bryan
23. “Knowing You” by Kenny Chesney
24. “Next Girl” by Carly Pearce
25. “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.” by Chase Rice, Feat. Florida Georgia Line
26. “Minimum Wage” by Blake Shelton
27. “My Boy” by Elvie Shane
28. “You Time” by Scotty McCreery
29. “Single Saturday Night” by Cole Swindell
30. “Freedom Was a Highway” by Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley
31. “Memory I Don’t Mess With” by Lee Brice
32. “Cold Beer Calling My Name” by Jameson Rodgers Feat. Luke Combs
33. “Tequila Little Time” by Jon Pardi
34. “Shallow” by Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
35. “Like a Lady” by Lady A
36. “To Be Loved by You” by Parker McCollum
37. “Worship You” by Kane Brown
38. “Lady Like” by Ingrid Andress
39. “Home Sweet” by Russell Dickerson
40. “It’s ‘Cause I Am” by Callista Clark
How about you? What are your favorite songs this month?