HeyHeyHey's 2021 Favorites... Jan 26, 2021 21:55:15 GMT -5
Post by HeyHeyHey on Jan 26, 2021 21:55:15 GMT -5
The first month of 2021 has nearly come to an end. Along with a new year comes new enthusiasm, new goals, and of course, new music.
Throughout the next 12 months I am going to create a post during the last week of that month highlighting a dozen songs that I am enjoying.
With that said, here are a dozen songs that I am enjoying in January 2021:
“Starting Over” - Chris Stapleton
Kicking off my very first list of the year is a song about new beginnings. “Starting Over” is the lead single from Chris Stapleton’s fourth studio album of the same name. This song showcases Stapleton’s strong voice with a theme that many of us can relate to - seeking a new beginning.
“What’s Your Country Song” - Thomas Rhett
In November, Thomas Rhett released the lead single from his upcoming fifth studio album and it has quickly become one of my all-time favorite songs of his. Throughout this song, Thomas references many well-known country songs such as “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” by George Strait, “Neon Moon” by Brooks & Dunn, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” by Barbara Mandrell” and many more. While we have seen this type of song before, I think Thomas uses the songs in a creative and interesting way.
“Tequila Little Time” - Jon Pardi
“Tequila Little Time” is a song that I have enjoyed since last spring when I first discovered it. It was announced last month that this would be the third single from Jon’s ‘Heartache Medication’ album. It is an incredibly fun song and I love the wordplay of the title. A few months ago I created a playlist full of songs that reference tequila in the title or lyrics and this is one of the very first songs I added to it!
“Minimum Wage” - Blake Shelton
After two songs in a row featured Blake’s fiancee Gwen Stefani and the song before that, “Hell Right”, featured Trace Adkins, Blake is back to singing solo! “Minimum Wage” is a song about how being with the right person can make you feel rich, even if you don’t make a lot of money.
“Hell Of a View” - Eric Church
Throughout the summer and fall of 2020, Eric Church had been slowly releasing new songs. Many fans, including myself, wondered when he would be dropping his next album and this month, we finally got our answer. This April, “Heart”, “&”, “Soul” will be three albums released separately. On the 16th, 20th, and 23rd of that month we will get to hear new music from Eric. The song “Hell of a View” will be featured on the “Soul” album. I like just about anything Eric puts out and this tune is no different! I am looking forward to hearing new music from him this spring!
“Cold As You” - Luke Combs
Luke released the deluxe version of ‘What You See Is What You Get’ last October and “Cold As You” is one of the five new tracks featured on it. Currently, my favorite of the five new ones is this jam that he performed at the CMA’s in November. I am hoping that this is a single at some point in 2021.
“hole in a bottle” - Kelsea Ballerini
At the end of 2020 I made a list of 25 songs that I enjoyed throughout the year and this one made my list. “hole in a bottle” continues to make my heart full and glass empty! I think this is Kelsea’s best song to date and I am looking forward to seeing where her career goes in 2021.
“Undivided” - Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard
One of my favorite new releases of 2021 is the collaboration between Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. Our country could use a lot less division right now and I am always welcoming of a tune that tries to bring people together. An aspect of this song that really enhances it for me is that it seems like both Tim and Tyler had tons of fun singing it! The two guys performed this song on Celebrating America, the tv special that aired the evening of President Joe Biden’s Inauguration.
“Better Days” - Ant Clemons & Justin Timberlake
Another song performed on Celebrating America was this hopeful song that lets listeners know that better days are coming. I appreciate a song that is hopeful and forward-looking and I think this thought process is one we should all strive to have in 2021. Prior to their performance I had never heard of Ant Clemons, but so far I am impressed with the 29-year-old singer who has worked with Kanye West, Beyonce and others throughout his career so far.
“Temple Bar” - Nathan Carter
This song was actually released in 2016 so I am sort of breaking my own rules by not choosing a newer song but I discovered this a couple of weeks ago and I am absolutely loving it! Nathan is a country singer based in the UK and Ireland. Other than that...I don’t know a lot about him. This is a really fun song that feels so fresh (likely because it comes from a different country that has its own styles). One of my goals in 2021 is to get into more music from outside America and since I found this and I am loving it I am looking forward to seeing what else I will find!
“We Were Rich” - Runaway June
“We Were Rich” is a song that I have really enjoyed ever since the first time I heard it. In this tune, the trio looks back on their childhood with appreciation and even though they didn’t have it all, it felt like they did. I think Runaway June is super underrated and I hope that 2021 is the year that they really break through.
“Only Thing That’s Gone” - Morgan Wallen & Chris Stapleton
Morgan Wallen released his ‘Dangerous’ album on January 8th and I just had to include one of the tunes from it. My favorite now from ‘Dangerous’ is his song with Chris Stapleton. Their vocals on a song together was something that I never knew I needed in my life but now we have a song with them together and I love it! I think there are some other really strong songs on Morgan’s album and I will more than likely highlight another one (or two) next month.
So there it is for January! I hope that you all enjoyed reading through this and maybe even discovered something new. I look forward to continuing this each month!