Luke Bryan has built one of the most successful careers in modern country music. Since bursting onto the country music scene in early 2007 with the release of the rowdy “All My Friends Say,” the Georgia native has consistently released hit after hit to country radio and worked tirelessly on the touring front building his audience from small bars, to theaters, to arenas and now, stadiums.
The two-time Academy of Country Music and a two-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year has earned a whopping 22 No.1 singles and currently has more certified digital singles than any other country artist with 46 million tracks and 12 million albums with four billion streams.
His diverse catalog includes summer-ready anthems and party tracks as well as a number of emotional ballads that tug at the heartstrings. Here, we take a look back through his collection of hits and select the 10 of our favorites.
Here are the 10 best songs ever recorded by Luke Bryan.
10. “Crash My Party”
Written by Rodney Clawson and Ashley Gorley from Crash My Party (2013)
The title suggests this is just another “bro-country” party anthem, but that’s far from the case. Serving as the official introduction to Bryan’s fourth studio album, “Crash My Party” tells the sweet story of a lovestruck man willing to drop anything and everything to spend time with the one he loves.
9. “Rain Is a Good Thing”
Written by Luke Bryan and Dallas Davidson from Doin’ My Thing (2009)
The playful nature of “Rain Is a Good Thing” perfectly captures Bryan’s lighthearted personality. With tongue-in-cheek lyrics like “Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey/ Whiskey makes my baby, feel a little frisky,” the song gets stuck in your head easily and is even more fun in a live setting.
8. “Drunk On You”
Written by Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, and Josh Kear from Tailgates & Tanlines (2011)
“Drunk On You” opens with descriptive lyrics that paint a picture in the listener’s head (“Cottonwood fallin’ like snow in July/ Sunset, riverside, four wheel drive/ And a tail light circle…”). The song goes on to find the narrator confessing all the reasons he’s falling for the girl at the party. Lyrics like “I’m a little drunk on you/ And high on summertime” make this one extra fun to sing along to.
Written by Luke Bryan, Luke Laird and Rodney Clawson from Kill the Lights (2015)
Drawing comparisons to Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink,” “Fast” reminds listeners to never take life for granted. The release of this track proved once again that there’s more to Bryan than stadium-ready anthems. “Fast” was well-received by fans and helped Bryan make Billboard chart history at the time when he became the only artist in the history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart to earn six No. 1 singles from an album (Kill the Lights).
6. “Do I”
Written by Luke Bryan, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley from Doin’ My Thing (2009)
A song about a couple questioning their future, “Do I” is relatable on many levels. The track was Bryan’s first true ballad released to country radio and showed fans a softer side of the singer.
5. “Play It Again”
Written by Dallas Davison and Ashley Gorley from Crash My Party (2013)
With its captivating storytelling and relatable lyrics, “Play It Again” quickly became a fan-favorite upon its Spring 2014 release. Anyone who has ever fallen in love to a song on the radio can easily connect with it. It’s no surprise that it remains one of Bryan’s best-selling singles, with sales over five million units.
4. “All My Friends Say”
Written by Luke Bryan, Jeff Stevens and Lonnie Wilson from I’ll Stay Me (2007)
This is the song that introduced Luke Bryan to country music fans everywhere. While it may not have been his biggest commercial hit, it was as an excellent introduction to the soon-to-be superstar.
3. “Most People Are Good”
Written by David Frasier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear from What Makes You Country (2017)
In a world of the 24-hour news cycle seemingly filled with negativity, “Most People Are Good” reassured fans that there is still good in the world. Highlighting the simple things in life and suggesting “kids oughta stay kids as long as they can,” the song truly struck a chord with fans. Bryan admitted he was “captivated” by the song the moment he heard it. With its timeless theme and meaningful lyrics, “Most People Are Good” will continue to be relevant for many years to come.
2. “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”
Written by Luke Bryan and Dallas Davidson from Tailgates & Tanlines (2011)
A staple in Bryan’s energetic live show, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” was a song that took the Georgia native’s career to the next level. Though it didn’t reach the top of the charts at country radio, the catchy tune is one of Bryan’s best-selling singles to date. In December 2018, the song was certified 6x Multi-Platinum.
1. “Drink a Beer”
Written by Jim Beavers and Chris Stapleton from Crash My Party (2013)
Bryan’s most heartfelt single to date, “Drink a Beer,” is a touching song about the feelings one experiences after suddenly losing someone close to them. The superstar may not have had a hand in writing “Drink a Beer,” but he connected with the tune immediately due to the unexpected loss of his siblings years before. His performance of “Drink a Beer” at the CMA Awards in 2013 was dedicated to his late brother and sister and is one of the most memorable televised performances of Bryan’s career.