Come summer, we just want to feel good, and these 10 Hot Summer Songs get it done — mostly.
You'll find a little bittersweet mixed in with the careless party vibes, but that's a reality of summer anyway. Brett Eldredge's new song captures the spirit of the season, while Jake Owen proves he still owns summer. Brothers Osborne and Jon Pardi are more adept at offering summer anthems than you may have believed. Both are making this list for a second straight year.
Lady Antebellum, newcomer Devin Dawson and Chris Janson also make the ToC list of the Hottest Summer Songs of 2017. Janson goes back to a formula that worked with "Buy Me a Boat," but adds a twist that gives this new song a little more depth without sacrificing the relaxing mood we all look for when the heat rises.
Did we miss something? Which country song are you going to turn up to 12 this summer? If Miranda Lambert's "Tin Man" is your jam, we won't hate on you, but we may not come party with you, either.
"Fix a Drink"Chris Janson
This song was practically built for summer. Seriously, it starts with "It’s hotter than hell outside right now / It’s 100 in the shade with the sun beating down." From there Janson captures our collective exhaustion of politics in America and reaches for a bottle of something strong, cuts it with tea or soda and serves up a summer jam.
Country’s new man in black makes loving on you seem a little too easy. The song is perfect for the start of a summer romance. Expect to hear a lot from this Californian as 2017 pours into 2018.
Owen notched the No. 1 Hot Summer Song of 2016 with "American Country Love Song," but that anthem was a already getting strong airplay when Memorial Day came up. The singer’s latest summer single captures a summer vibe with ease. Few do it better.
It’s an unconventional summer song to be sure, but Midland’s "Drinkin’ Problem" is really a hit for any season. Is there a song better suited for clipping along alone on a long summer road trip? Warm air soaks up the trio’s traditional country vibe before you join them for the final chorus.
"Craving You"Thomas Rhett (Feat. Maren Morris)
Thomas Rhett's newest single embraces everything good about '80s pop music and adds one of country music's top new vocalists. The longing-for-love song cooks on stereo speakers — he may single-handedly be responsible for several hundred speeding tickets in 2017.
"Somethin' I'm Good At"Brett Eldredge
Summer is the careless season, and Eldredge’s new song and video capture that sentiment. In fact, he might take it too far. Turn up the speakers to 12 and enjoy this country jam. Summer is definitely something else Eldredge is good at.
"Heartache on the Dance Floor"Jon Pardi
There's something about those California boys and country summer songs. Find three of them on this list, topped by Jon Pardi’s newest summer sensation. Nope, it’s not about cookouts, beach trips or family vacations. "Heartache on the Dance Floor" is an uptempo heartbreak song that explores the dips of the mid-year roller coaster.
"You Look Good"Lady Antebellum
Any song that makes us dance like this is going to make the Hot Summer Songs list. Lady A are on fire with a full horn section some ideas of where the party should start. "On a boat, on a beach, in the water, in the sand / In the back of a bar, cold beer in your hand," they sing to begin. That sounds about perfect.
"Body Like a Back Road"Sam Hunt
It’s the perfect summer love song. Even if Sam Hunt’s not your cup of country, this experiment is too good to ignore. Go ahead, look over your shoulder to make sure your hatted friends aren’t watching as you get down to Hunt’s "hips like honey" line. We won’t tell.
"It Ain't My Fault"Brothers Osborne
You may not appreciate why the new single from Brothers Osborne is the perfect summer song until you hear it through car stereo speakers as you speed down some late-night highway. "It Ain’t My Fault" is an example of a song that sounds best on the radio. If you haven’t quoted their chorus at least by fall, you aren’t doing it right.