Top 10 Luke Bryan Songs
Luke Bryan songs are a diverse lot, but they all have one thing in common: they’re all very well-written. Whether he’s singing one of his trademark party anthems, or more serious fare, all of Bryan’s songs display the highest levels of song craftsmanship.
That’s because Bryan was a songwriter for years before he was ever a recording artist, penning songs like ‘My Honky Tonk History’ for Travis Tritt, as well as Billy Currington‘s smash, ‘Good Directions.’
Since his debut in 2007, Bryan has rapidly ascended to become one of the best-selling, most-played artists in contemporary country. Not only is he an excellent writer, he chooses outside songs well, and Bryan’s unique voice helps make every one of the Top 10 Luke Bryan Songs stand out from the crowd.
‘We Rode in Trucks’
The second single from Bryan’s debut album, ‘I’ll Stay Me,’ was ‘We Rode in Trucks.’ The song takes a nostalgic look back at growing up in rural America, tying together the verses to create a picture of the influence of small town life. Bryan wrote the song with Roger Murrah and Jim McCormick. Though it didn’t achieve the kind of commercial success of some of Bryan’s other songs — peaking at No. 33 — ‘We Rode in Trucks’ is a fine example of the more evocative side of his songwriting.
‘Rain Is a Good Thing’
You’ll never complain about another rainy day after listening to ‘Rain Is a Good Thing.’ As the lyrics explain, “Rain Makes corn, corn makes whiskey / Whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky.” Bryan and his co-writer, Dallas Davidson, wrote the song from an old joke they had about rainy days leading to whiskey, then arrived at the tag line, “Rain is a good thing.” Released as the second single from Bryan’s second album, the track became his first No. 1 hit.
‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’
The fourth single from ‘Tailgates & Tanlines’ is a mid-tempo contemporary country track, underscored by electric guitars but with more traditional instruments placed in the mix. Co-written by Bryan, Jeff Stevens and Shane McAnally, the song tells the story of a couple who realize it’s time to go their separate ways — but not before they “do what we do best” one last time. Released in January of 2012, ‘Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye’ reached No. 3 in the Billboard country songs chart.
‘Someone Else Calling You Baby’
Bryan scored a huge hit with ‘Someone Else Calling You Baby,’ the third single from ‘Doin’ My Thing.’ Written with his producer and frequent collaborator, Jeff Stevens, the song tells the story of a man who sees his girlfriend in another man’s truck and wonders if she has left him, prompting him to ask, “Baby, is someone else calling you baby?” The song became Bryan’s second No.1 hit in Billboard.
‘Country Girl (Shake it for Me)’
Bryan had a little bit of an image makeover with this fun ditty, which he was initially unsure about. He wrote the song with Dallas Davidson after they listened to some hip-hop songs, which influenced the track’s infectious groove. The light-hearted lyric is about a country girl “shaking it a little bit,” according to Bryan. The pair thought it was too different from Bryan’s past singles to have hit potential, but Bryan decided to release it after seeing he reaction he got playing it live. The song reached No. 4 in Billboard.
‘All My Friends Say’
Bryan kicked his career off with a bang with the first single from his debut album. Written by Bryan with producer Jeff Stevens and Lonnie Wilson, the country rock track tells the story of a man waking up with a hangover and no recollection of what happened the night before. The lyric centers around the memorable tag line, “All my friends say I started drinking doubles when you walked in,” revealing the fact that he’s seen his ex with someone new. The song reached No. 5 in Billboard’s country chart.
The first single from Bryan’s second album is a collaboration with Lady Antebellum. Bryan co-wrote the song with Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott sang backing vocals on the recording. The song tells the story of a couple who are unsure if their relationship still has the excitement it once did. Released in May of 2009, ‘Do I’ reached No. 2 in the Billboard charts.
‘Crash My Party’
The first single and title song from Bryan’s fourth studio album, ‘Crash My Party’ is a rarity in that the singer did not help write it. Written by Rodney Clawson and Ashley Gorley, the song has a strong melody that lends itself to instant recognition, and an arrangement that’s a perfect radio confection. Released in April of 2013, ‘Crash My Party’ reached No. 1 in July.
‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’
Bryan had a ready-made hit with ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End.’ The up-tempo track tells the story of a man meeting a woman for the first time and wishing the evening didn’t have to end. Written by Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, the song has a compelling arrangement that’s as perfect for radio as it is for live concerts. It became one of Bryan’s biggest hits, reaching the top of the charts.
‘Drunk on You
The fourth single from Bryan’s blockbuster third album is another song that Bryan did not write. Rodney Clawson, Chris Thompkins and Josh Kear did the honors, but it’s the conviction of Bryan’s vocal performance that drives the song home, along with a strong arrangement that is not tied to gimmicky production elements. ‘Drunk on You’ became Bryan’s fourth No. hit, and tops our list of the Top 10 Luke Bryan Songs.