What makes a great country song? It tells a story. It draws a line. It has a twang you can feel down to the soles of your feet. Some get mad, some get weepy, some just get you down the road. But these are essential songs that map out the story of country music, from Hank Williams howling at the moon to George Jones pouring one out for all the desperate lovers to Taylor Swift singing the suburban cowgirl blues. Mainstream country's most prominent liberal ambitiously overloads this nearly six-minute single from 's American Saturday Night , explaining that he wanted "to serve up a little multigenerational truth with a strong sense of hope and possibility. Basically, it's a typical Brad Paisley A. By Richard Gehr.
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This position chart lists the most popular country music songs, calculated weekly by collecting airplay data from Nielsen BDS along with digital sales and streaming. Billboard began compiling the popularity of country songs with its January 8, , issue. Only the genre's most popular jukebox selections were tabulated, with the chart titled "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records". For approximately ten years, from to , Billboard used three charts to measure the popularity of a given song. The juke box chart was discontinued in June On January 20, , the Hot Country Singles chart was reduced from to 75 positions and began to be compiled entirely from information provided by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems , a system which electronically monitors radio airplay of songs.
Chart of the current top country songs on iTunes. To download the best selling and most popular hit country music you must have Apple's iTunes. Sales chart of today's iTunes top country songs is updated several times a day and was last updated Saturday, August 15 , am Pacific Time.