As we head into the summer of 2021, the sun is rising on a slew of country stars who have youth on their side, determination in their heart and an insane amount of talent running through their veins.

In fact, it's quite evident that the COVID-19 pandemic of the past year lit a fire under the genre’s youngest and brightest performers. They took the unexpected shutdown and used it to their advantage, writing songs, playing on Facebook Live and pursuing their dreams with an undeniable and unrelenting passion.

Granted, they are not the first to pursue their young careers with such force. Artists including Taylor Swift, Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini have all found their way through the years, and they have all gone on to become huge stars.

Will that also hold true for these five under-25 up-and-comers? Read on to meet them, then stay tuned:

PICTURES: See the Hottest Artists Under 25 in Country Music in 2021

Some of the best, most inspiring and most diverse artists in country music today are under the age of 25. The collection of singers Taste of Country chose to highlight for our annual Hottest Country Artists Under 25 feature in 2021 include two reality TV veterans, a budding superstar and several artists who are stubbornly doing things differently than anyone else in country music.
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10 Hottest Songs for Summer 2021

Summer 2021 needs a great soundtrack, and country music's biggest stars and hottest newcomers are supplying. Find songs from Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert on this 10 Hottest Songs for Summer 2021 list.

Newcomers Willie Jones and Walker Hayes also make the list with earworms we don't want to quit. Not every hot summer song needs to be a good-time party song, and not every good party song will make a great summer playlist. Our Top 10 embraces a range of emotions and experiences. What would summer be without summer love or summer heartache, or a bit of nostalgia?

Scroll down to see all 10 songs on this list of the hottest summer country songs. It's part of Taste of Country's summer Hot List, an annual report on the songs and artists set to bake this year.