12 Modern Country Artists With Lyrics That Cut Right Through You

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The landscape of country music is as wide as its ever been.

One thing that always stands at the top for me, is the songwriting. Not every artists is writing his or her hit songs, and some that are aren’t delivering lyrical masterpieces.

Some, however, are. Some artists have lyrics that rip right through you, stop you in your tracks, and remind you that you’re listening to something special.

These artists do that, album after album, song after song. 

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12. Ryan Hurd

Must-listen song: “Good As You Think I Am”

11. Brandy Clark

Must-listen song: “Hold My Hand”

10. Lee Brice

Must-listen song: “I Don’t Dance”

9. Eric Paslay

Must-listen song: “She Don’t Love You”

8. Cam

Must-listen song: “Burning House”

7. Chris Young

Must-listen song: “Old Love Feels New”

6. Brad Paisley

Must-listen song: “She’s Everything”

5. Zac Brown Band

Must-listen song: “Colder Weather”

4. Chris Stapleton

Must-listen song: “Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore”

3. Will Hoge

Must-listen song: “Strong”

2. Kip Moore

Must-listen song: “Heart’s Desire”

1. Eric Church

Must-listen song: C’mon guys, get real. I can’t pick just one.