Top 5 Sam Hunt Songs
In the past few years, Sam Hunt has carved out a niche for himself with his unique mix of country, R&B and top-notch songwriting. His debut record, 2014’s Montevallo, has been certified double platinum, and Hunt’s also got several platinum singles and a Grammy nod for Best Country Album to his name.
Though Hunt has been in the public eye for a relatively short amount of time, he’s racked up enough hits — both as a songwriter and for himself — to have a strong Top 5. The following are our favorite Hunt hits.
There’s something supremely unique about a love song that takes place in a cop car: It’s got an edge, a danger, that’s not often found in romantic tunes.
“There was somethin’ ’bout the way / The blue lights were shinin’ / Bringin’ out the freedom in your eyes / I was too busy watching you / Going wild, child / To be worried about going to jail,” the chorus goes. “You were thinking that / Running for it / Would make a good story / I was thinking you were crazy as hell / And you were so innocent / But you were stealing my heart / I fell in love in the back of a cop car.”
Hunt, Zach Crowell and Matt Jenkins are the masterminds behind this Keith Urban hit.
“Leave the Night On”
Hunt wrote “Leave the Night On” with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne — and whenever you hear those names together, you know it’ll be good. The song was released in June of 2014, as the lead single from Montevallo, and it was love at first listen for country fans: “Leave the Night On” peaked at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit No. 1 on the country charts. “Leave the Night On” has also been certified platinum by the RIAA.
If there was ever a time that being a homebody sounded sexy, it’s in Hunt’s “House Party.” The platinum-selling song was released to country radio in June of 2015, its lightheartedness making it the perfect summer song.
“We’ll have a house party, we don’t need nobody / Turn your TV off, break that boombox out / We’ll wake up all the neighbors ’til the whole block hates us / And the cops will show up and try to shut us down,” Hunt sings — and when he talks about being a homebody, even the most extroverted partier is enticed to stay in and have a house party with the country star.
Hunt co-wrote “House Party” with Crowell and Jerry Flowers. It became his third No. 1 on the country charts and peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Break Up In a Small Town”
Right now, there’s no one in country music who can sing-talk a serious song like Hunt. “Break Up in a Small Town” was co-written by Hunt, Crowell and McAnally and was released in September of 2015 — and the angst behind Hunt’s words plus the hard-hitting lyricism won fans.
“I knew she’d find a way to get over me,” Hunt admits. “But I’d never thought that / She would get down with somebody I know / I guess that’s just how it goes / When you break up in a small town.”
Those words right there — pure gold … or rather, platinum. “Break Up in a Small Town” became Hunt’s fourth consecutive Top 3 hit on the country charts, too.
“Take Your Time”
“Take Your Time” was Hunt’s second single from Montevallo, and it’s been certified double platinum. The song was a hit worldwide, too, charting in Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Lebanon, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia and many other places. But what really makes “Take Your Time” worthy of this No. 1 spot is its music video. “Take Your Time” can be (and often is) interpreted simply as a song about a man interested in a woman, so it was surprising to see Hunt use the clip to raise awareness about domestic violence. It’s a heart-wrenching, tragic and brave visual, all at the same time.