12 Country Songs You Will Recognize The Instant They Come On

With music at our fingertips these days, most of us have 1000’s of songs in our music library, and tons of playlists downloaded, but it’s those songs we recognize the moment they begin that we have on replay over and over again.  Because of that, we decided to compile a list of some of the catchiest country songs that you know from the second the music starts.

Rules of Breaking Up”- Brandon Ratcliff

This song gave us the idea for the list because of its clever and enticing guitar solo that starts the track. “Rules of Breaking Up” is Ratcliff’s debut single that is currently climbing the charts. It’s a song that after a few listens, you will be hooked and recognize it instantly!


“Whiskey Glasses”- Morgan Wallen

Wallen’s second consecutive number 1 single, “Whiskey Glasses” is a jam. His wordplay sets the mood for the track right away, as he sings “Poor me, pour me another drink.” The beginning lyric instantly makes you want to stop what you’re doing, and sing along to the song at the top of your lungs.


“Drunk Me”- Mitchell Tenpenny

Tenpenny’s number 1 debut single, “Drunk Me” is one of the catchiest songs released last year. The opening instrumentals will catch your attention right away, and have you gearing up to sing the first verse, “Some people don’t know when to quit…”


“Before He Cheats”- Carrie Underwood

Superstar Carrie Underwood has an impressive catalog of hit songs, but it’s her single, “Before He Cheats” off her debut album Some Hearts that makes our list. The killer instrumentals, featuring guitars and banjos, stops you in your tracks and as you get ready to sing the revengeful lyrics. 


“Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”- Shania Twain

Shania Twain, another powerful woman in the industry, delivers the next song on our list with, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” Even before the iconic “Let’s go girls” lyric, you know the song is about to start, when you hear the opening music. The hard-hitting instrumentals are just as recognizable as the memorable lyrics.

“Friends in Low Places”- Garth Brooks

Another ‘90s jam, “Friends in Low Places” by megastar Garth Brooks is arguably one of the biggest country songs of all time. All country fans know when this song begins, as the soft piano introduction is iconic. Of course, Brooks’ voice is just as mesmerizing and recognizable. This is definitely the ultimate sing-along song at parties, bars, and live shows.


“Need You Now”- Lady Antebellum

The simple piano arrangement and voiceover that starts the Lady Antebellum hit, “Need You Now” is why this song makes the list. Their number 1 song is a heartbreaking ballad that Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley pour their hearts into through the vocals. As soon as the song starts, you will instantly recognize the painfully beautiful lyrics that are about to begin.


“This Is How We Roll”- Florida Georgia Line (feat. Luke Bryan)

Florida Georgia Line’s debut album, Here’s to the Good Times is filled with hit songs, but its “This Is How We Roll” featuring, Luke Bryan that makes the cut. The song is a windows down, blasting through your car speakers type of song from the moment the instrumentals begin. Right away, you will gear up to scream the catchy lyrics alongside the FGL boys.


“Ladies in the ‘90s’- Lauren Alaina

Songstress Lauren Alaina recently released an uptempo song entitled “Ladies in the ‘90s.” The track will catch your attention, as the introductory instrumentals mixed with the looped “na na na na na” will get you hooked instantly. Of course, Alaina’s catchy first verse adds to the recognizability of the track. “I was born in ’94 / Daddy drove a beat-up Ford / Mama made it run on love and music.”


“It Goes Like This”- Thomas Rhett

The slow and poignant beat drop at the beginning of Thomas Rhett’s song, “It Goes Like This” is why we included it in this list. The beginning instrumental packs a punch, and gets you ready to sing your heart out to the opening verse. The track is a popular one that’s often played on Broadway in Nashville, adding to the catchiness of the tune.


“What Hurts The Most”- Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts powerful song, “What Hurts the Most” is next up on our list. This song spans generations, as it was initially recorded by country artist, Mark Wills. The musical arrangement at the beginning of the Rascal Flatts version will captivate you right away, as it relates almost effortlessly to the lyrics.


“Tequila”- Dan + Shay

Rounding out our list is super-duo Dan + Shay’s groundbreaking single, “Tequila.” The track catapulted the duo to mainstream stardom and earned them many accolades. More importantly, the song will get stuck in your head, after just one listen. The combination of the musical arrangement and Shay’s opening vocals makes it one of the catchiest and most recognizable songs in country music right now.


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