5 Kelsea Ballerini Songs We Wish We Heard on Country Radio

With a killer catalog of songs to choose from, we are sharing our favorite Kelsea Ballerini songs that we wish we heard on country radio. Check it out below.

  1. “Secondhand Smoke” – The First Time

This B-side from Ballerini’s debut album The First Time will always stop us in our tracks. Written about her parent’s divorce is the beautiful and show-stopping ballad “Secondhand Smoke”. There are many incredible lyrics in this song, and we think a message like this would’ve shone on country radio.



This fun, 90s country-inspired bop would be perfect on country radio, listening in the car with the windows down. It has that infectious groove that you can’t help but turn up all the way.


  1. “Get Over Yourself” – Unapologetically

This fan-favorite cut off Ballerini’s sophomore project Unapologetically would have been the perfect radio single. It’s sassy, yet poised and cool, and it probably would have even crossed over to pop.


  1. “Machine Heart” – Unapologetically

Another great track off Unapologetically is “Machine Heart”. It’s not one that gets a lot of attention, and that’s partially because this record is front-to-back perfect, but it’s evocativeness really works and the way it builds sonically is stunning.


  1. “needy” – kelsea

This Julia Michaels co-write is fun and flirty and all the things an upbeat love song needs to succeed on country radio. It would have been great on country radio during the summer into back-to-school, and, similarly to other songs of Ballerini’s, has true cross-over potential.


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