Feel Good Contemporary Country Songs

I enjoy a variety of music genres and often find myself turning to music for what I call "feel good" songs. These are songs that just make you feel good when you listen to them. Sometimes it's the tempo of the music and sometimes it's the lyrics. Often, it's both. I find that if I spend 20-30 minutes listening to songs I enjoy, then my mood shifts.

I sat down Saturday night and went through lots of YouTube videos and assembled a couple of sets of songs that I consider some of my favorite feel good songs. Below you'll find links to more hubs by me that include some pop/rock favorites and old country favorites. I consider this set to be more contemporary country music.

"No News" by Lonestar

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"No News" by Lonestar

"No News" was the 1st number one single for Lonestar in 1996. I love the upbeat rhymes that make the song fun to sing along to. This is a song I have trouble listening to in the car because it tends to make me want to drive faster than I should.

Lonestar began as 5 guys from Texas calling themselves "Tennessee" because they met in Tennessee, however, they later changed their name to "Lonestar". They included:

  • Richie McDonald from Lubbock-lead singer/rhythm guitarist from 1992-2007 when he left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by Cody Collins
  • Michael Britt from Ft. Worth-lead guitarist
  • Keech Rainwater from Plano-drummer
  • Dean Sams from Garland-keyboardist
  • John Rich from Amarillo-bass guitarist/co-lead vocalist from 1992-1998, then was fired by the band and went on to team up with Big Kenny to form "Big and Rich"

 

"Settlin'" by Sugarland

"Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland

"Settlin'" and "Stuck Like Glue" by Sugarland

Sugarland is comprised of Jennifer Nettles who sings the lead vocals and Kristian Bush who sings background vocals, lead vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and harmonica. When the group was founded in 2004 it also included Kristen Hall on background vocals and acoustic guitar. Kristen left the group in December 2005.

You may remember their other hits, "Baby Girl", "Want To", "Stay", "All I Want to Do", "Already Gone"and "It Happens".

It's hard not to get wrapped up into Jennifer Nettles twangy energy.

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"Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" by Charlie Daniels

"Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye" by Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is pretty much a country legend and this song is one of my favorites. I remember seeing Charlie Daniels back in the mid 80s when this song was popular. I was in the long line at the restroom when he started playing this song. I gave up my position in line just to run back into the coliseum to hear this song.

You may recognize another big hit for Charlie, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

"I'm in a Hurry" by Alabama

"I'm in a Hurry" by Alabama

Alabama was probably the first country band that made me want to listen to country music. During my senior year in high school, they had three number one hits, "Old Flame", "Love in the First Degree" and "Feels so Right". That year, our senior trip was to Six Flags Over Texas where we got to see Alabama perform.

I was able to see Alabama perform two more times in the 80s including the same concert I just mentioned above where Charlie Daniels was the opening act for Alabama.

Alabama consists of:

  • Randy Owen (lead vocals)
  • Teddy Gentry (bass guitar, background vocals)
  • Jeff Cook (guitar, fiddle, keyboards)
  • Mark Herndon (drums)

"Fast as You" by Dwight Yoakam

"Fast as You" by Dwight Yoakam

This is probably my favorite Dwight Yoakam song. I have included the story about how I met Dwight Yoakam in another hub.

Not only is Dwight known for his twangy rockabilly sound, but he's also an actor and has his own food brand, Bakersfield Biscuits. You may remember him in:

  • Sling Blade(1996)-where he played an abusive alcoholic named Doyle Hargraves
  • Panic Room(2002)-played a sociopath killer
  • The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)-he played the sheriff
  • Wedding Crashers (2005)
  • Four Christmases -played Pastor Phil
  • South of Heaven, West of Hell

 

"Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On" by Neal McCoy

"BIlly's Got His Beer Goggles On" by Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy's real name isHubert Neal McGaughey, Jr.He won 1981 talent contest and became the opening act for Charley Pride and assumed the name Neal McGoy which was his name spelled phonetically. With fans referring to him as McCoy, his record label suggested he change to McCoy.

"Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On" is a very catchy and fun song to listen to and sing a long to. The video includes popular actor Rob Schneider as Billy.

"Big Blue Note" by Toby Keith

"Big Blue Note" by Toby Keith

Toby Keith has had numerous hits, but this was one of my instant favorites. The video is a bit cheesy, but cute.

Other songs you may recognize from Toby Keith include: "Beer for My Horses", "Getcha Some", "Should've Been a Cowboy", "Whiskey Girl", "I Love This Bar" and "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue".

Toby also started up the franchise "Toby Keith I Love This Bar and Grill" that now has locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Mesa, Arizona, Pittsburgh and just across the Texas border into Oklahoma at the Winstar World Casino.

Keith also has a line of clothing called "TK Steelman".

"Here for the Party" by Gretchen Wilson

"Here for the Party" by Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen Wilson is about as country and redneck as they get. She started off in 2004 with "Redneck Woman". "Here for the Party" was co-written by Gretchen Wilson, Big Kenny and John Rich, that you may recognize as Big and Rich. Big and Rich can be heard singing background vocals in this song as well. Gretchen was introduced to the MuzikMafia by John Rich.

"Wave on Wave" by Pat Green

"Wave on Wave" by Pat Green

Even though Pat Green was born in San Antonio, he grew up in Waco, Texas. Around here, everyone knows of Pat Green. "Wave on Wave" is my favorite Pat Green song and his top hit.

Having caught the attention of Willie Nelson, he was invited to join Willie in his legendary 4th of July picnics. Pat Green has also headlined for Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, and Kenny Chesney,

Pat Green

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"Drive Me Wild" by Sawyer Brown

"Drive Me Wild" by Sawyer Brown

Sawyer Brown formed in 1981, but gained national attention when they won Star Search in 1983. Lead vocals by Mark Miller are undeniably deep and unmistakable. He's also known for his high energy performances. In his early days, he wore a hat but now usually appears bald.

You may recognize other hits of theirs that include: "Step That Step", "The Walk", "Some Girls Do", and "Thank God for You".

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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Well laid out hub. Fabulous


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you very much Ethel! As you can see, I had quite an enjoyable Saturday night creating all 3 hubs about feel good songs.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Some great songs. I love me sum country music.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Nice hub. I feel like country music has evolved over the years and has claimed much of the lyrics and melodies that used to be reserved for rock and pop. The merging of musical sensibilities has made lots of country music accessible to more diverse audiences.

Nice hub and great music.

Mike


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Samboiam....me too!

Thanks Mike. I agree with you. I like that country music as evolved and takes in more of mainstream American that it previously did.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I agree with what Mike said. Much of today's country is like 60s R & R. Great hub!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks habee! I agree with you and Mike!


Tamarind 6 years ago

"Fast as You" by Dwight Yoakam is definitely a favorite of mine as well. That is so cool you met him checking out of the hotel. That's nice to know that he's not full of himself. Very nice hub. Thanks.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Tamarind. Glad we share the fondness of the same song. Dwight is a super guy.


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

We used to make fun of my Mom (from Fort Worth) for listening to Hank Williams, Roy Acuff and the Smokey Mountain Gang, Tennessee Ernie Ford and so on. As I've grown more mature (ha!) I've found Country music really tells a tale. In fact, I wrote a song recently that I hope to find in the charts. It's called, "Alcohol and Fireworks". LOL

You've done a great job posting some of the all time new favorites here, KCC. Yeehaw!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hey, Peg! I look forward to hearing your song on the radio some day soon! You're right, country music lyrics often tell a tale. Glad you enjoyed some of my choices.


jwwolfe 6 years ago

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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

David Frizzell sang a song about "I'm Going to Hire a Wino to Decorate our Home". Is that what you're talking about?


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Mardi 6 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

HI KCC,

Wonderful hub as usual. I love that Wave on Wave song but my favorite Pat Green song is "Feels Just Like It Should". Somehow it is a cross between Brian Adams (Ok,remember I'm Canadian just living in Texas)and a good old country ballad.

Like other comments I grew up on traditional country but I like the new stuff too!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks, Mardi. That's another great song by Pat Green. I hear so many songs that I could add to this hub, I almost need to create a part 2.


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MnTed 6 years ago

One of my favorites is Oklahoma Breakdown performed by Stoney LaRue and written by Mike Hosty


Whikat 6 years ago

You have some great choices here. I have always enjoyed "Fast As You" by Dwight and Alabama's "In A Hurry" describes me most of the time. Thanks for posting this.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Hey Whikat! Long time, no see! How are you? I plan to karaoke "Fast as You" one of these days....LOL I have belted it out in my car enough times.


Whikat 6 years ago

I am doing great. Congrats on all your achievements here on HP. I have read that you have accomplished many things. I am so happy for you. I would love to hear you Karaoke "Fast As You Can" maybe you could record it? I would buy it :)

I really am glad that you are still with HP. I will never forget that you were the first person to post on my very first hub and you were also the first one in my fan club. Your a special person and I Love You For It. Looking forward to catching up with your work and everyone else here on HP.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awwwwwwwww that is so sweet Whikat! I'm glad to be your first! Thank you for being my fan/follower too! I don't read near enough hubs as I should...or write as many anymore. Saying that, I did start 10 new ones tonight that I will work on in the next couple of weeks. :)

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