Dominating the Top 40 Country Songs for December 2021 and capping off the year is Taylor Swift, and her heart-wrenching and gut-twisting anthem “All Too Well” snatches the crown from Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like,” which has been sitting on top for 24 weeks. Another track from her vault titled “I Bet You Think About Me” with Chris Stapleton also made it to the Top 15, and six more from the Red (Taylor’s Version) album sit comfortably at this month’s Top 40.
Though the country’s favorite tune and viral TikTok “Fancy Like” may have been dethroned, it’s still up on number two on the chart. Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean’s powerful duet ballad “I Didn’t Love You” occupies the third spot, down one place after “All Too Well” took number one. Jordan Davis “Buy Dirt” stays strong at number four while “Thinking ‘Bout You” by Dustin Lynch slowly worked its way up and finally broke through the top five this month.
Russell Dickerson’s “Home Sweet” and Walker Hayes “U Gurl” re-entered the charts this December and of course, there were also new releases including Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson’s “Never Say Never” as well as Dan + Shay’s holiday track “Pick Out A Christmas Tree.”
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Now let’s walk through our last Top 40 list this year and see if our favorite country tunes made it.
1. “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift
All the heart-wrenching, gut-twisting feelings from 2012 came back haunting us when Taylor Swift released a re-recording of her “All Too Well.” And with Taylor Swift’s voice that matured over the years, there’s a familiar yet different impact to the track that just hit us right in the heart and straight to the soul. There’s no denying that this track resonated with many and unsurprisingly ended up dethroning Walker Hayes “Fancy Like.”
2. “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes
For 20 weeks, “Fancy Like” occupied the top spot undefeated and unrivaled. With its upbeat tune and lyrics that appreciate the mundane things in life, it became a comfort song that definitely helped us get through the tough times. Though for now, it takes a bow (but maybe we’ll see it again at number one? Who knows, right?)
3. “If I Didn’t Love You” by Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s power country-rock ballad and a passionate duet of “If I Didn’t Love You” also took a step back as Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well” claimed number one. Nevertheless, it remained strong in the top five. And if you’ve heard this song, you would surely know that it rightfully deserves its spot.
4. “Buy Dirt” by Jordan Davis ft. Luke Bryan
Jordan Davis continues to seal his spot in the top five with “Buy Dirt.” This simple and very sentimental definitely made us, listeners, reflect. It’s always going to be one of those songs that will hold us down on the ground and remind us to appreciate the people and the things that matter most to and for us.
5. “Thinking ‘Bout You” by Dustin Lynch ft. Lauren Alaina Or Mackenzie Porter
After a long journey, “Thinking ‘Bout You” finally made its debut on the top five of our Top 40 country songs list. It’s that track that reels you back into the past, but instead of relishing the sad feelings of a relationship not working out, it takes you to all the highlights and the best days.
6. “Cold As You” by Luke Combs
When Luke Combs sang of a broken-hearted fool drowning in feelings and drinking beer as “Cold As You,” many understood his pain. With that, he captured a lot of listeners that helped this song climb its way up from the cold bottom (though it did drop a rank this month).
7. “Chasing After You” by Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris showed us and made us understand what love and yearning really are with “Chasing After You.” This song which is the couple’s second collaboration, fell a few notches down but managed to still latch a spot in the top ten.
8. “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton
Thirty-five weeks in, and it looks like Chris Stapleton’s “You Should Probably Leave” is not leaving the top 10 anytime soon. This bluesy, rootsy track is still spicing up the feels as it sings of hope for a reunion of love.
9. “Same Boat” by Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band “Same Boat” is taking it step-by-step as it clinches the ninth position after sealing the top 10 last month. Just like “Fancy Like” and “Buy Dirt,” this song is inspired by the pandemic. And it’s another reminder of two of the simplest yet most impactful things we could do for ourselves and others: positivity and empathy.
10. “One Mississippi” by Kane Brown
It took some time, but when “One Mississippi” by Kane Brown finally hooked its audience, it hooked them hard. From the 17th, it climbed its way to the top 10. The song shows the reality that love isn’t simply innocent and can also be intoxicatingly addicting.
11. “Sand In My Boots” by Morgan Wallen
“Sand In My Boots” is looking to relive its heyday as it works its way up again into the top 10. Last month, it ranked at 14, and now it’s at the eleventh spot. This 41-week-old song is definitely not ready to leave the top country songs list just yet.
12. “Whiskey And Rain” by Michael Ray
Sometimes, all we need is just that one sad country song, and “Whiskey And Rain” perfectly fits that bill but with a twist. Though this song talks about heartbreak, it is also laced with optimism – today, we drink a glass of whiskey, but tomorrow will be a new day and a better one. And just like the lyrics, the song is making optimistic strides in rank after breaching the top 12 from 16 last month.
13. “Knowing You” by Kenny Chesney
There’s always this question of whether is it better to have met someone and lost him/her or to have never met that person at all and not know what you have missed out on. It’s a hard one, but Kenny Chesney would’ve probably answered the former. Through “Knowing You,” he celebrates all the people that have come and gone in his life. The song is a few ranks down but still strong at the top 15.
14. “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version)(From the Vault)” by Taylor Swift ft. Chris Stapleton
We probably all have that ex-lover we think still thinks about us, and Taylor Swift is definitely one of us in this song “I Bet You Think About Me.” Featuring fellow country music artist, Chris Stapleton, this song started out strong at number 3 when it was first released but dropped down dramatically to 14.
15. “Tequila Little Time” by Jon Pardi
With a witty wordplay that sounds like ‘to kill a little time,’ “Tequila Little Time” is a fun and flirty song that caps off our top 15 after previously placing at 18.
Here Are Some More Hits To Complete Top 40 Country Songs for December 2021
- “Freedom Was A Highway” by Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley
- “Til You Can’t” by Cody Johnson
- “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” by Ella King & Miranda Lambert
- “Doin’ This” by Luke Combs
- “Red (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift
- “Heart On Fire” by Eric Church
- “Half Of My Hometown” by Kelsea Ballerini ft. Kenny Chesney
- “Just About Over You” by Priscilla Block
- “Nothing New (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)” by Taylor Swift ft. Phoebe Bridgers
- “To Be Loved By You” Parker McCollum
- “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” by Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde
- “Beers On Me” by Dierks Bentley, Breland & HARDY
- “23” by Sam Hunt
- “Memory” by Kane Brown x blackbear
- “Come Back As A Country Boy” by Blake Shelton
- “Home Sweet” by Russell Dickerson
- “Pick Out A Christmas Tree” by Dan + Shay
- “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift
- “U Gurl” by Walker Hayes
- “Better Man (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)” by Taylor Swift
- “Give Heaven Some Hell” by HARDY
- “Slow Down Summer” by Thomas Rhett
- “Never Say Never” by Cole Swindell/Lainey Wilson
- “Treacherous (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift
- “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift
So, what do you think of these top 40 country songs for December 2021? Did your favorites make the list or did you find a new country favorite?
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