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.
Bella White – “The Way I Should Go” – Bella White blew a lot of people away with her debut album Just like leaving, which was eventually picked up by Rounder Records and reissued. Now she’s back with a new song that carries a bit more of a honky tonk feel to her more low-key, acoustic sound. “The Way I Oughta Go” definitely has you excited for what Bella White has in store for the future.
Jonathan Terrell – “Texas” – This East Texas poet turns into a doozy of a neo-traditional journey into the golden age of country music with an exploratory journey deep into Texas mythology. A great piece of Terrell’s A Couple, 2, 3, EP out September 9th.
Sunny Sweeney feat. Vince Gill – “Married Alone” – Even before we heard a preview of this title track from Sunny Sweeney’s new album out September 23rd, we knew it would be heartbreaking like only Sunny Sweeney can. It’s the kind of killer country song around which you can build an album. Adding Vince Gill to the mix legitimizes it even more. This is Vince Gill’s second appearance on the playlist; he also sings on “A Guitar, a Singer, and a Song” by Wade Bowen. “Married Alone” is written by Hannah Blaylock, Josh Morningstar and Autumn McEntire.
Parker McCollum – “Treat Yourself” – This is the version of Parker McCollum we need Parker McCollum to be: pragmatic in releasing something that the radio will play, but without sacrificing the quality of songwriting indicative of his early career, nor the steel guitar which goes so well with his music. “Handle On You” is already climbing the charts, but also deserves to be included here for emphasizing how bad traditional country doesn’t always have to be.
Kelsey Waldon – “Big and Mighty” – Being brutally honest about his bouts of indecision and self-doubt, but pursuing it all with a sense of gratitude is what earned Kelsey Waldon’s new album No regular dog praise, as well as the sweet sound orchestrated by producer Shooter Jennings. It’s all in great shape on the song “Tall and Mighty.”
Cahalen Morrison – “Dark and Dreary World” – Recorded in an old adobe chapel in the remote village of Jaroso near the Colorado/New Mexico border, “Dark and Dreary World” dispels any notion that you need a collaboration of instruments and sophisticated production to capture audio magic. This original and timeless a capella song is from Cahalen Morrison’s recent release, Wealth of sorrow.
Hellbound Glory – “Can’t Wait to Never See You Again” – From country music’s most underrated songwriter, “Can’t Wait to Never See You Again” features Leroy Virgil’s consistently incisive songwriting, albeit wrapped in a more traditional country approach than the normal, the violin finding its place in the mix, and a burst of harmonies embellishes the chorus. Extract from the next album produced by Shooter Jennings The Immortal Hellbound Glory: Nobody Knows You released September 30.
Alex Key – “Turn Anywhere Into Honky Tonk” – A true country honky tonker from North Carolina, Alex Key is shockingly flying under the radar, but many people are singing his praises after the release of his new album Neon signs and stained glass.
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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:
- “Where Did I Go Wrong” – The broken rays – where did i go wrong
- “Years” – Sierra Ferrell – Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson
- “My grass is blue” – Kimmi Bitter – (Single)
- “Transform Anywhere Into Honky Tonk” – Alex Key – Neon signs and stained glass
- “The Way I Should Go” – Bella White – (Single)
- “I can’t wait to never see you again” – Hellbound Glory – The Immortal Hellbound Glory: Nobody Knows You (9-30)
- “Honky Tonk Town” – Kimberly Kelly – I’ll tell you what’s gonna happen
- “Texas” – Jonathan Terrell – A Pair, 2, 3, PE (9-9)
- “Trouble with a Hammer” – Conrad Fisher – (Single)
- “Married Alone” – Sunny Sweeney with Vince Gill – married alone (9-23)
- “Vanlife” – Willi Carlisle – Individual, Missouri
- “Weather” – Matt Daniel – All I will need
- “A guitar, a singer and a song” – Wade Bowen with Vince Gill – Somewhere between the secret and the truth (8-12)
- “Always the Outsider” – Stacy Antonel – always the stranger
- “Homecoming” – Arlo McKinley with Logan Halstead – This mess we’re in
- “Russell County Line” – 49 Winchester – Fortune favors the brave
- “Big and Mighty” – Kelsey Waldon – No regular dog
- “Common Law” – Zoe Cummins, Gabe Lee – (Single)
- “Sons of Appalachia” – Tim Goodin – Sons of Appalachia PE
- “All I Hear You Say” – The Shattered Rays – where did i go wrong
- “Dark and dreary world” – Cahalen Morrison – Wealth of sorrow
- “Bourbon Whiskey” – William Beckmann – faded memories
- “Oklahoma Smoke Show” – Zach Bryan – summer blues
- “Awakening the Echoes” – American Aquarium – Chicamacomique
- “Harder Things” – Adam Hood, Miranda Lambert – bad days are better (9-16)
- “Treat Yourself” – Parker McCollum – (Single)