Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Songwriter of 2013?
There have been a lot of great songs written and released in 2013. It's been a diverse year for country music, with country radio dominated primarily by male artists and more commercial songs, while women have written and released some of the year's most acclaimed material.
Kacey Musgraves had a huge year, with both the release of her debut album and a monster co-write on Miranda Lambert's hit, 'Mama's Broken Heart.' Brandy Clark was another writer on that, as well as the Band Perry's 'Better Dig Two,' while Shane McAnally co-wrote both 'Mama's Broken Heart' and Musgraves' debut hit, 'Merry Go 'Round.'
It's no surprise that Taylor Swift dominated the charts again this year with songs from her most recent album, 'Red,' earning her sixth consecutive nod as the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Songwriter/Artist of the Year. Ashley Monroe also had a great year, contributing songs to both a new Pistol Annies album and her new solo album, 'Like a Rose,' which was one of the year's most acclaimed releases.
Thomas Rhett and his father, Rhett Akins, had so much chart success between them as writers that they made history this year, while Dallas Davidson's commercial mix of hip-hop and country fueled Luke Bryan's 'That's My Kind of Night' to No. 1. Luke Laird had hits with everyone from Musgraves, to Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw.
Ben Hayslip also had another huge year, co-writing Justin Moore's 'Point at You' and Thomas Rhett's 'It Goes Like This,' among others.
Who is your favorite songwriter of 2013? Vote as often as once an hour, and if you don't see your favorite in our list, let us know in the comments section below.