From hit making country stars to longtime reader favorites, we have compiled a list of the top songs of January 2022 based on review readership.
Ahead of a deluxe update to her Goldmine record, Gabby Barrett gives fans a little primer for the additional tracks with “Pick Me Up,” a moonlit excursion with her beau by her side. “I need one of those nights,” she yearns. Those nights of which she speaks are filled with the quiet hum of a motor, as she goes for a cruise, aimlessly weaving through the backroads. “Watch a full moon,” she suggests, turning the radio dial up on a George Strait song. It’s easy going but not without a dose of emotional heft.
Listen to “Pick Me Up” below.
Teddy Swims has a voice like honey. Soulful and sweet, he can make you feel deeply while riding a sultry groove. “911” is chill to the touch but smolders with an R&B style. “Ain’t gotta call 911, you can hit me up / Girl, you know I’m the one whenever you need something,” she sings from his soul. The lyrics are tantalizing, to be sure, but there’s something far more profound said about human connection.
Listen to “911” below.
We just can’t get enough of Jake Hoot’s incredible voice. On his new cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” the Season 17 The Voice champion puts his country flair on the classic rock hit. The slowed down rendition features an ethereal slide guitar and Hoot’s purely faultless vocals. From his brand new EP Fan Made Tapes, “I’m On Fire” is an exceptional cover that puts the 1980’s smash right in Hoot’s wheelhouse.
Listen to “I’m On Fire” below.
Miranda Lambert – “Y’all Means All”
Miranda Lambert understood the assignment. In partnership with Queer Eye, the country elite celebrates the LGBTQ+ community with the hoe-down anthem “Y’all Means All.” If the joyous hand claps, harmonica, and boot-scootin’ melody don’t get you moving, the lyrics will. “Yass queen, go queen, dip it like a dairy queen,” she sings. It’s a gay ole time, y’all!
Listen to “Y’all Means All” below.
American Aquarium – “No One Else On Earth”
What is the ’90s country song with the best groove, and why is it “No One Else on Earth”? Returning with the second volume of Slappers, Bangers, and Certified Twangers, American Aquarium slide into Wynona’s high-heeled boots with a shimmy and a shake. Keeping the original blues smoldering intact, BJ Barham brings his own spit and grit to the classic, weaving his voice through the sultry melody. “How did you get to me?” he sings. Well, that’s a question for the ages.
Listen to “No One Else on Earth” below.