Honesty is what makes the best Eric Church songs stand out from others on the radio. The "Springsteen" singer only sings what he knows, but as he's grown and matured, that's become a long list.

Often, this means his music is packed full of raw, unedited emotion — just how his fans like it. Other times, he's fully produced, leaning heavy into the fringes of country music and beyond as he tells his stories of love, loss, disappointment, regret and rage.

The songs on this list occasionally find Church nostalgic. In recent years, he's reflected on real-world events in American life and his own personal life. There's wisdom, there's a few dumb mistakes, and there's a father's fury and a father's appreciation for what a 3-year-old can teach him. There are a lot of girls.

While he rarely names the women in his songs — "Alabama Hannah" (from "Mr. Misunderstood") and "Chattanooga Lucy" aside — there's never a doubt they represent someone he once knew or was drawn to. Church's wife Katherine, in particular, is found all over his catalog, including on several of the songs in our Top 10.

Elsewhere, Church's rowdy side steps forward: during songs such as "Drink in My Hand" and "Lotta Boot Left to Fill," an album cut from Carolina. Five songs from Chief make this list, in addition to four from Carolina and one from his debut album, Sinners Like Me. Is our No. 1 your No. 1? Find out below:

Eric Church’s best song fall into rows. There’s the sullen heartbreakers and the grateful lovers. There are the snarling social statements and buoyant bops. OK, there are only a couple of buoyant bops on this list of Church's 50 greatest songs, but they exist. 

He's been known to sample R-Rated burners and sage truth-tellers — and then there are two songs about murder. So, Eric Church’s songs fall into rows, but there are a lot of rows in his 15-year catalog. 

His best song? Taste of Country asked fans, staff and the industry to weigh in and then looked at chart success, sales data pop culture importance to choose No. 1 from No. 50. Songs with strong lyrical content rank high. Songs with creative production rank high. Songs with both ended up in the Top 5. 
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