Top 5 Brantley Gilbert Songs
Brantley Gilbert songs are a refreshing change from some of commercial radio's lighter fare. The country star cultivates a bad boy image, but his songs range from party anthems to emotional ballads.
Gilbert has scored two No. 1 hits, and he's also recorded two songs that went on to become bigger hits for another artist -- one of which you will find in our list of the Top 5 Brantley Gilbert Songs.
Gilbert made his debut with 'Modern Day Prodigal Son' in 2009. Although the album didn't score him any hit singles, it contained 'My Kinda Party,' which helped to touch off a new radio trend of tailgating party songs. Written by Gilbert, the song describes a guy who's asking a girl to a tailgate party and bonfire, with a rocking up-tempo feel. Jason Aldean's subsequent recording served as the title song to his 2010 album, and reached No. 2.
Though it's not one of his biggest radio hits, 'Kick It in the Sticks' is still one of the top Brantley Gilbert songs. The track's aggressive guitar track and spoken-word delivery are a perfect representation of his high-energy live shows. Written by Gilbert with Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, 'Kick It in the Sticks' has become one of the defining songs of his career.
The fourth single from the deluxe edition of 'Halfway to Heaven' showed Gilbert's more sensitive side. Written by Gilbert and John Eddie, the song talks of a broken relationship that's been left behind in pursuit of the dream of a musical career -- something that makes the listener feel as if it's drawn from Gilbert's own life. The track's slow tempo and rock production make it an essential Gilbert song.
Gilbert once again showed a more vulnerable side with 'You Don't Know Her Like I Do,' the second single from his breakthrough 'Halfway to Heaven' album. The mid-tempo ballad wasn't too soft, featuring electric guitars, but it definitely revealed a different side to Gilbert than some of his party anthems and country-rock material, and scored him his second No. 1 single.
Gilbert scored a No. 1 hit with 'Country Must Be Country Wide,' which he wrote with Colt Ford and Mike Dekle. The song came about while on tour with Ford in Ohio, when he saw a man getting out of a pickup truck in a cowboy hat and boots. The song talks about the universal appeal of country music and the country lifestyle, and is a perfect example of Gilbert's rocking musical style and lifestyle overlapping in an undeniable hit that deserves to our list of the top Brantley Gilbert songs.