11 Best Country Songs of Summer 2020
These are the songs of summer 2020.
Luke Bryan, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney;Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT
Summer 2020 is going to look a bit different than anyone could have ever imagined. Concerts and festivals have been cancelled or postponed, travel plans have been scrapped and people everywhere are anxiously awaiting stay-at-home orders to be lifted so life can return to being somewhat normal again.
Even though summer 2020 isn’t going to pan out exactly how we expected it to, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate all the things in life that we are thankful for. These times of uncertainty have brought many families closer together and have given many of us a new perspective on life and that is certainly something to raise a glass to.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kick-off to summer, so whether you’re stuck at home, or social distancing on a boat or beach somewhere, let’s toast the little things in life and make the most of it!
If you’re searching for a few songs to add to your summer playlist, look no further. From Luke Bryan’s “One Margarita,” to the feel-good vibes of Lady A’s “Champagne Night,” these are the 11 best country songs of summer 2020 (in no particular order).
Lady A: “Champagne Night”
This song is 100% pure fun. “Champagne Night” offers a different perspective of a night out on the town and finds the group trading fancy glasses for plastic drinkware and champagne for beer. Break out your “blue jean tux” and enjoy!
Kane Brown: “Cool Again”
Kane Brown’s breezy new summertime single “Cool Again” pairs perfectly with sunshine and good times. Brown, like many of us right now, just wants things to be “Cool Again,” “like we were last summer.”
Thomas Rhett feat. Jon Pardi: “Beer Can’t Fix”
Already a chart-topping hit, Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi assure fans that there “ain’t nothing that a beer can’t fix.” Cheers to that!
Luke Bryan: “One Margarita”
Four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan serves up the summer fun in his latest single, “One Margarita.” Filled with tropical vibes, the boozy number even finds Bryan name dropping Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney. What could be better?
Kenny Chesney: “We Do”
Kenny Chesney’s stadium-ready anthem “We Do” celebrates the lifestyle of his fans – No Shoes Nation. It’s the perfect summer song!
Florida Georgia Line: “Beer:30”
Featured on the duo’s just-released 6-Pack, “Beer:30” is likely to become a massive hit for Florida Georgia Line. The infectious track opens with the line “It’s beer thirty, and I’m thirsty” and goes on to find FGL celebrating members of the working class who have been “workin’ like a dog all week long” and just want to relax and enjoy a cold one.
Kelsea Ballerini: “Hole In the Bottle”
A highlight of her new self-titled album, Kelsea Ballerini’s “Hole In the Bottle” is a drinking song for winos. The upbeat track finds the superstar drowning her sorrows in a bottle of wine and is Ballerini’s first-ever drinking song.
Sam Hunt: “Young Once”
“Young Once” is a fan-favorite on Sam Hunt’s recently released Southside album. The song celebrates the adrenaline-filled adolescent years and encourages listeners to embrace their youth.
Jameson Rodgers feat. Luke Combs: “Cold Beer Calling My Name”
“Cold Beer Calling My Name” finds Jameson Rodgers and Luke Combs celebrating life’s little moments by cracking open a cold one. From clocking out on a Friday to being front row at a “hillbilly rock show,” the carefree tune is everything we need right now.
Brad Paisley: “No I In Beer”
Brad Paisley turns to longnecks to wash his troubles away in his latest single, “No I In Beer.” The upbeat country number suggests “we’re all in this together” and that no one should be drinking alone. “Drinking oughtta be a team effort / There is no I in beer,” he sings on the chorus of the party-ready anthem. Now, that’s something we can all agree with!
Little Big Town: “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
Little Big Town’s boozy new single features three of our favorite beverages: “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.” The song features a horn line and is undeniably catchy.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.