There’s nothing more country than showing love and appreciation for mom. It’s the country songs that have taught us so well to respect our matriarchs. So no matter who you are or where you are from, make sure you are a small country today. And after wishing mom a Happy Mother’s Day (or kissing the sky in her memory), make sure you catch up on all the best country songs in the wild right now.
The Saving Country Music Top 25 playlist is designed to keep you up to date with all the best songs and albums coming out right here in country and roots music. It’s available on most streaming formats (see below), or you can simply use the song, artist, and album recommendations to find something new to listen to.
Willie Nelson – “Dusty Bottles” – Don’t fool yourself into thinking that at 89, Willie Nelson may not have much left in the tank. As he proves many times on his last album a beautiful moment, he is still one of the best country artists. Written by Jim “Moose” Brown, Scotty Emerick and Don Sampson, “Dusty Bottles” is pretty much the perfect song for perfectly aged Willie Nelson.
Ellis Bullard – “Biloxi by two” – Ellis Bullard is not a hipster from east Nashville or Echo Park, California. He’s the latest honky-tonker to emerge from Austin’s bar scene, ready to put country music back on the map. Field-tested on A-Town stages such as The White Horse and Sam’s Town Point, Ellis Bullard and his band of veteran Austin all-stars are making the case for national attention with their debut album, Piss-Hot Freightlining Country Music.
Kelsey Waldon – “Sweet Little Girl” – Kelsey Waldon’s new album No regular dog produced by Shooter Jennings will be released on August 12. She says about the first single, “[It’s] partly about me, but maybe also about you. It is about the rage and restlessness within during a process of finding healing. It’s just about a girl trying to find her way back “home”.
Stacy Antonel – “Global Heartache” – This is the perfect opportunity to join Stacy Antonel, whose debut album always the stranger full of retro country influences releases June 17th. This song is about falling in love with an alien watching MASH, and so much more.
William Beckmann – “Bourbon Whiskey” – It’s as if a hole opened up in the space-time continuum and out came a baby-faced bygone character from an era 60 years earlier than the present, serenading our hungry ears with classic country goodness so appealing in tone, and innocent to the impurities that have plagued the genre since its heyday. From his new album faded memories.
Charley Crockett – “Alone In Person” – One of the great things about Charley Crockett’s insistence on covering old country classics is the way he revitalizes some tracks that might have been forgotten or overlooked. This obscure Tom T. Hall track that even many Tom T. Hall fans didn’t know was his is a perfect example, and a great song to kick off, especially for Charley Crockett to perform.
Caroline Spence – “Scale These Walls” – What a beautiful song with the steel guitar mimicking the tugging of the heart strings, and Spence admitting to the building of emotional barriers, only to be compromised by someone who cares enough to win her heart, resulting in a message to come here, but as complex as real human relationships. From his excellent new album under the radar True North.
Joshua Hedley – “Found in a bar” – It’s not just the nostalgic joy you feel listening to Joshua Hedley’s 90s-inspired new album neon blueit’s the kind of simple, almost innocent sentimentality found in songwriting like ‘Found in a Bar’ that brings an immediate tenderness to this music steeped in memory and just a hint of melancholy.
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The Saving Country Music Top 25 playlist lives primarily on Spotify, but is also available to those who use Amazon Music, Youtube, Apple Musicand Tide. For those who don’t stream music, you can still find the song recommendations in list form below.
Note: The songs in this playlist are designed for listening pleasure and fluency. Otherwise, they are not in any specific order.
Saving the current top 25 country music playlist:
- “Biloxi by two” – Ellis Bullard – Piss-Hot Freightlining Country Music
- “Jackson” – Kaitlin Butts – What else can she do?
- “Bourbon Whiskey” – William Beckmann – faded memories
- “Down Home” – David Quinn – fresh country
- “Twisted Tree” – Molly Tuttle – twisted tree
- “I will love you until the day I die” – Willie Nelson – a beautiful moment
- “Alone In Person” – Charley Crockett – Lil GL’s Gifts: Jukebox Charley
- “June 12” – Lyle Lovett – June 12 (5-13)
- “In Texas with a Band” – Brennen Leigh with Asleep at the Wheel – Obsessed with the West
- “Stealing the darkness from the night sky” – Arlo McKinley – This mess we’re in (7-15)
- “Sweet Baby Girl” – Kelsey Walson – No regular dog (8-12)
- “Hard to make it rain” – Randall King – shot glass
- “Found in a bar” – Joshua Hedley – neon blue
- “Scale These Walls” – Caroline Spence – True North
- “Ballad of a Retired Man” – Ian Noe – Mad of the rivers and saints of the mountains
- “Gone” – Michelle Rivers – chasing somewhere (7-8)
- “Beyond the Stars” – Tami Neilson, Willie Nelson – Kingmaker (7-15)
- “Demons” – Dolly Parton, Ben Haggard – Run, Rose, Run
- “Annabel” – 49 Winchester – Fortune favors the brave (5-13)
- “Planetary Heartache” – Stacy Antonel – always the stranger (6-17)
- “Love Thy Neighbor” – Stefanie Joyce – (Single)
- “Leaving Since You Came Here” – Matt Castillo – how the river flows
- “Bad Mom Jamma” – Alma Russ – Fool’s Gold
- “Neon Blue” – Joshua Hedley – neon blue
- “I’m going to hurt her on the radio” – Kristina Murray – (Single)
- “From Austin” – Zach Bryan – American grief (5-20)