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Billboard Magazine Announces Top 50 Country Songs of 2011

This time of year is just full of lists from the previous 12 months.  One of the best (in my humble opinion) is the listing of the top 50 Country songs of the year as compiled by our friends at Billboard Magazine.

Billboard.com has released their year-end Top Country Songs chart for 2011. Whether you agree or disagree with the individual placement, you’ll have to admit that this was a banner year for country and country artists of all stripes. 

It was a year of the power of the youngsters like Taylor Swift and the Band Perry.  How about the unstoppable Mr. Kenny Chesney?  Zac Brown and his band had a banner year, as did Lady Antebellum.  Yep, it’s going to be hard to top the talent that was showcased in 2011.  But, I’m pretty sure 2012 will have its own surprises too.

For those keeping score, these are the artists with songs on the final 50 list:

Eli Young Band *  Blake Shelton * Toby Keith * Darius Rucker * Ronnie Dunn * Jake Owen * Trace Adkins * Luke Bryan * Taylor Swift * Rodney Atkins * Billy Currington * Miranda Lambert * Thompson Square * Chris Young * George Strait * Jason Aldean *  Rascal Flatts * The Band Perry * Zac Brown Band * Jerrod Niemann * Brad Paisley * Dierks Bentley * Lady Antebellum * Sara Evans * Brantley Gilbert * Kenny Chesney * Justin Moore  * Keith Urban *  Tim McGraw *  Billy Currington * Craig Campbell * Carrie Underwood.       

Here are the 50 most popular country songs of the year based on radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS.

  1. “Crazy Girl” – Eli Young Band
  2. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” – Jake Owen
  3. “Take A Back Road” – Rodney Atkins
  4. “Tomorrow” – Chris Young
  5. “You Lie” – The Band Perry
  6. “Am I The Only One” – Dierks Bentley
  7. “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney
  8. “Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton
  9. “Just Fishin’” – Trace Adkins
  10. “Let Me Down Easy” – Billy Currington
  11. “Here For A Good Time” – George Strait
  12. “Knee Deep” – Zac Brown Band
  13. “Just A Kiss” – Lady Antebellum
  14. “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” – Justin Moore
  15. “Made In America” – Toby Keith
  16. “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” – Luke Bryan
  17. “Heart Like Mine” – Miranda Lambert
  18. “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton
  19. “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean w/Kelly Clarkson
  20. “What Do You Want” – Jerrod Niemann
  21. “A Little Big Stronger” – Sara Evans
  22. “Long Hot Summer” – Keith Urban
  23. “This” – Darius Rucker
  24. “Mean” – Taylor Swift
  25. “Dirt Road Anthem” – Jason Aldean
  26. “Remind Me” – Brad Paisley w/Carrie Underwood
  27. “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” – Thompson Square
  28. “I Won’t Let Go” – Rascal Flatts
  29. “Without You” – Keith Urban
  30. “Country Must Be Country Wide” – Brantley Gilbert
  31. “Somewhere With You” – Kenny Chesney
  32. “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” – Blake Shelton
  33. “Someone Else Calling You Baby” – Luke Bryan
  34. “This Is Country Music” – Brad Paisley
  35. “Voices” – Chris Young
  36. “I Got You” – Thompson Square
  37. “Sparks Fly” – Taylor Swift
  38. “Back To December” – Taylor Swift
  39. “Colder Weather” – Zac Brown Band
  40. “Hello World” – Lady Antebellum
  41. “Old Alabama” – Brad Paisley
  42. “Put You In A Song” – Keith Urban
  43. “Felt Good On My Lips” – Tim McGraw
  44. “Bleed Red” – Ronnie Dunn
  45. “Baggage Claim” – Miranda Lambert
  46. “Live A Little” – Kenny Chesney
  47. “Love Done Gone” – Billy Currington
  48. “One More Drinkin’ Song” – Jerrod Niemann
  49. “Family Man” – Craig Campbell
  50. “Mama’s Song” – Carrie Underwood

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