13 Best Country Songs of Summer 2021

These are the songs of summer 2021.


Lauren Jo Black

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June 21, 2021


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Miranda Lambert, Elle King; Photo by Getty Images for ACM, Kane Brown, Chris Young; Photo by Getty Images for CMT

Summer 2021 has officially arrived and we have the perfect list of country songs to pair with it. 

With the temperatures rising and summer vacations in full swing, people far and wide are on the hunt for new music to pair with summertime fun. If you’re one of them, look no further! 

We’ve compiled a list of 13 feel-good tracks that are ready for you to add to your summer playlist. From the breezy vibes of Ryan Griffin’s “Salt, Lime & Tequila,” to Jon Pardi’s laidback “Tequila Little Time,” to the rambunctious “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” by Elle King and Miranda Lambert, here are the 13 best country songs of summer 2021 (in no particular order). 

Ryan Griffin: “Salt, Lime & Tequila” 

Ryan Griffin’s “Salt, Lime & Tequila” took TikTok by storm upon its release and it’s obvious why fans are loving it. This breezy, feel-good track urges fans to take the stressors of everyday life with “a grain of Salt, lime and tequila.” We have it admit, it’s pretty good advice. 

Stream “Salt, Lime & Tequila” HERE

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Walker Hayes: “Fancy Like” 

“Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes should come with a warning label because once you listen, it will be stuck in your head for days (yes, it’s that addictive!). The song (and dance), which is going viral on social media platforms, finds Hayes praising the simple things in life “Applebee’s on a date night” and “Natty in the styrofoam.” It’s a total earworm and will undoubtedly become one of this summer’s biggest songs. 

Stream “Fancy Like” HERE

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Elle King feat. Miranda Lambert: “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” 

Elle King and Miranda Lambert serve up endless fun in their new collab, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).” Officially at country radio now, the high octane duet begs for airplay and has become an instant fan-favorite. 

Stream “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” HERE

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Old Dominion: “I Was On A Boat That Day” 

Old Dominion brings all the summertime vibes with their newest single, “I Was On A Boat That Day.” The group brushes off a breakup throughout the sing-along tune, which serves as the lead single from their forthcoming album. 

Stream “I Was On A Boat That Day” HERE

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Noah Schnacky feat. Jimmie Allen: “Don’t You Wanna Know”  

Noah Schnacky recruited ACM New Male Artist of the Year Jimmie Allen to join him on his latest single, “Don’t You Wanna Know.” The infectious track is one fans will want to crank up with the windows rolled down. 

Stream “Don’t You Wanna Know” HERE

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Dustin Lynch feat. Chris Lane: “Tequila On A Boat” 

The title says it all: “Drunk On A Boat.” If this Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane collaboration isn’t the quintessential summertime song, we aren’t sure what is. 

Stream “Tequila On A Boat” HERE

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Little Big Town: “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” 

No summer party is complete with out Little Big Town’s boozy anthem, “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.” Turn it up loud and party with Jack, Jose and Gin! 

Stream “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” HERE

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Chris Young feat. Kane Brown: “Famous Friends”

Celebrate your “Famous Friends” this summer with Chris Young and Kane Brown’s hit duet. This track is nearing the top of the charts at country radio but we’re not ready to remove it from rotation just yet! 

Stream “Famous Friends” HERE

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Brian Kelley: “Party On The Beach”

The self-proclaimed “Beach Cowboy” Brian Kelley delivered an entire EP full of summer anthems, but this one seems to stick out among the bunch. “Party On The Beach” is just that – a total party. You’ll want to add this to your summer playlist ASAP. 

Stream “Party On The Beach” HERE

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Walker County: “Bits & Pieces” 

Walker County attempts to put together the “Bits & Pieces” of a wild night in their new radio single. The sister duo is poised to have a breakout hit with this one. 

Stream “Bits & Pieces” HERE

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Jimmie Allen feat. Brad Paisley: “Freedom Was A Highway”

Jimmie Allen joins forces with Brad Paisley on “Freedom Was A Highway,” a breezy anthem that transports listeners back to the carefree days of summer when they had no worries or responsibilities. Don’t skip it! 

Stream “Freedom Was A Highway” HERE

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Jon Pardi: “Tequila Little Time” 

Jon Pardi shines throughout the laid back “Tequila Little Time.” This track features clever wordplay and hints of a mariachi band, making for the perfect summer jam. 

Stream “Tequila Little Time” HERE

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Lathan Warlick feat. Tyler Hubbard: “My Way”

“My Way” by Lathan Warlick and Tyler Hubbard is 100% fun. We dare you to try to listen to this one without hitting the repeat button. 

Stream “My Way” HERE

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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.