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. New songs have just been added.
Sierra Ferrell – “Years” – When John Anderson first threw this song at us as the title track of his 2020 comeback album, we knew it would immediately establish itself as one of his best songs in a storied career, just to alongside all his old hits. A cover has to be particularly compelling to make the Top 25 playlist, and that’s what Sierra Ferrell delivered here ahead of the John Anderson tribute album’s August 5 release.
The Broken Spokes – “All I Hear You Say” – It’s your chance to get on board with this traditional country outfit from Houston, TX, who are set to release a new album of classic country goodness on July 15 titled where did i go wrong. The Broken Spokes are your next favorite Texas honky tonk band.
Zoe Cummins, Gabe Lee – “Common Law” – “Earlier this year, Zoe and Andy Wills wrote a witty love song about the concept of common-law relationships,” said Gabe Lee. “It took some pleading, but I finally convinced Zoe to let me sing a duet with her.” Just one single for now, but keep an eye out for new projects from these two artists soon.
Kimberly Kelly – “Honky Tonk Town” – This late bloomer from Texas just released her first official album I’ll tell you what’s gonna happen (the title is taken from a quote by Billy Joe Shaver), and it’s deliciously overtaken by the goodness of 90s country music. Top 25 reading.
Willi Carlisle – “Vanlife” – Willi Carlisle has been an independent nation’s best-kept secret for far too long, but he’s about to break the domestic crowd with his next release, Individual, Missouri released July 15. Carlisle’s songwriting is exceptional, and “Vanlife” is like a modern take on a Roger Miller road song, with added portions of great traditional country instrumentation. Carlisle suffered a concussion from falling out of a van while making the video for this song. The least you can do is listen to it.
American Aquarium – “Waking the Echoes” – If sad songs make you happy, BJ Barham and American Aquarium have your medicine. Their new album Chicamacomique is full of it, but “Waking Up the Echoes” is not to be overlooked and is tragically relevant to so many of our lives.
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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:
- “Honky Tonk Town” – Kimberly Kelly – I’ll tell you what’s gonna happen
- “Russell County Line” – 49 Winchester – Fortune favors the brave
- “All I Hear You Say” – The Shattered Rays – where did i go wrong (7-15)
- “Always the Outsider” – Stacy Antonel – always the stranger
- “Weather” – Matt Daniel – All I will need
- “Years” – Sierra Ferrell – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson (8-5)
- “You Said Goodbye” – The Slocan Ramblers – Up the hill and through the fog
- “Vanlife” – Willi Carlisle – Individual, Missouri (7-15)
- “Biloxi by two” – Ellis Bullard – Piss-Hot Freightlining Country Music
- “Sad Songs” – Jaelee Roberts – Something you didn’t count on
- “Common Law” – Zoe Cummins, Gabe Lee – (Single)
- “Homecoming” – Arlo McKinley with Logan Halstead – This mess we’re in (7-15)
- “Heavy Eyes” – Zach Bryan – American grief
- “Jackson” – Kaitlin Butts – What else can she do?
- “Sons of Appalachia” – Tim Goodin – Sons of Appalachia PE
- “I’m Going Crazy” – Jordan Foster – I need a train
- “One song can’t fix everything” – Sunny Sweeney with Paul Cauthen – married alone (9-23)
- “Bourbon Whiskey” – William Beckmann – faded memories
- “Dusty Bottles” – Willie Nelson – a beautiful moment
- “Scale These Walls” – Caroline Spence – True North
- “Awakening the Echoes” – American Aquarium – Chicamacomique
- “Gone” – Michelle Rivers – chasing somewhere
- “Wild and Blue” – Brent Cobb – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson (8-5)
- “Beyond the Stars” – Tami Neilson, Willie Nelson – Kingmaker (7-15)
- “Harder Things” – Adam Hood, Miranda Lambert – bad days are better (to be determined)