2018 Golden Boot Awards: Vote Now for Song of the Year
Welcome to the fifth annual Golden Boot Awards! The Boot’s fan-voted digital awards, the Golden Boot Awards feature 10 categories of staff-selected nominees who made waves in the country music world in 2018. Readers can vote for their preferred winner in each category as often as once per hour through 11:59PM ET on Jan. 27. We’ll announce the winners on the site on Jan. 28.
Among all of the songs released in 2018, these 10 stood out. One will be the Golden Boot Awards' 2018 Song of the Year ... and it's up to you, our readers, to make that pick.
American Aquarium gave us “Tough Folks,” an Americana anthem set to a Green Day-meets-Bruce Springsteen sound, back in March; the song touches on many of the issues we're facing as a nation. Jason Aldean's acclaimed song "Drowns the Whiskey," featuring Miranda Lambert, won the hearts of fans and critics alike late in the year; in fact, it topped the country charts.
Brandi Carlile's poignant song “The Joke," addresses equality and tackles the subject with all of the courage and boldness for which Carlile's soulful voice is known. The award-nominated "Tequila" from Dan + Shay, meanwhile, made waves on country and pop radio with its soaring resonance.
Ashley McBryde's “American Scandal” tells a deeply personal and relatable story, while Kacey Musgraves disco-influenced “High Horse” is one of the (many) reasons that her newest album Golden Hour won the 2018 CMA Album of the Year. And then there's the Pistol Annies' rowdy "Got My Name Changed Back," a song that proves their newest album, Interstate Gospel, was well worth the wait.
John Prine's nostalgic “Summer’s End” captures the essence of the songwriting legend's recording comeback, while pop star Bebe Rexha's collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be,” was, without a doubt, one of the biggest songs of 2018, in any genre. Carrie Underwood's soaring “Cry Pretty,” meanwhile, is a classic, emotionally-driven ballad from the superstar.
Make your pick for Song of the Year in the 2018 Golden Boot Awards by voting in the poll below.