Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ aching, simmering ballad, “I Remember Everything,” has once again sat atop the top 40 country songs for January 2024. Truly, Bryan’s signature painstakingly simple yet poetic lyricism blended well with Musgraves’ unique approach to country music.
Well, just like our top song, several standout collaborations are on the list! There’s the team-up of Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wallen and Eric Church, and Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton, among others.
There are also new tracks on the list that are clearly going to set the stage for a stellar year of country music, such as Jordan Davis’ “Tucson Too Late,” Gabby Barrett’s “Glory Days,” and Sam Hunt’s “Outskirts.”
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So, let’s delve into the heart of the country music scene! Here are the top 40 country songs for January 2024.
1. I Remember Everything by Zach Bryan, Featuring Kacey Musgraves
“I Remember Everything” is a conversation between Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, acting as ex-lovers exchanging stories. They reminisce about a lively summer romance, with moments that stick around in memory. Unsurprisingly, the song quickly became the most talked-about track on Bryan’s celebrated new project.
2. Last Night by Morgan Wallen
While it’s been a year since Morgan Wallen released “Last Night” from his highly acclaimed album, One Thing at A Time, its popularity still lingers. Of course, it comes as no shock as its theme, exploring the challenges in a romantic relationship, is relatable to many.
3. Fast Car by Luke Combs
Country superstar Luke Combs’ cover of the 1988 Tracy Chapman classic song – about escaping from poverty – claims the third spot on the list. It’s amazing how Combs has taken “Fast Car” to a new destination: the leading position on the Billboard country airplay charts.
4. Thinkin’ Bout Me by Morgan Wallen
Here’s another prime example of Morgan Wallen’s unique yet flawless Hip-Hop-country fusion. It was released in September 2023 and propelled to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for several weeks. Well, no shocker there!
5. White Horse by Chris Stapleton
Meanwhile, “White Horse” finds Chris Stapleton in a rare form as he explores the intricacies and uncertainties within a romantic relationship in this explosive ballad. The song tells the story of a man telling his love interest that he needs additional time to unlock the depths of his heart as he navigates personal obligations that precede matters of the heart.
6. World On Fire by Nate Smith
It’s amazing how this song’s title came to one of its songwriters, Taylor Phillips – who is not just a musical talent but also a dedicated volunteer firefighter – during a vivid retelling of his experiences battling a construction site fire. From there, it evolved into a fiery ballad, a man reckoning with the memory of an old flame.
7. Need a Favor by Jelly Roll
“Need a Favor” perfectly showcases Jelly Roll’s sincere and straightforward style. As expected, its soul-searching verses quickly climbed to the top of the charts, making it Jelly Roll’s second consecutive No. 1 hit on country radio.
8. Save Me by Jelly Roll with Lainey Wilson
On the other hand, Lainey Wilson joined Jelly Roll to collaborate on his hit “Save Me,” which represents Jelly Roll’s tumultuous past – such as his addiction saga – and his ongoing struggles to learn thoroughly. Finding a vocal performance as honest as this one is quite hard.
9. Pretty Little Poison by Warren Zeiders
When Warren Zeiders released his debut album, Pretty Little Poison, in 2023, he began a successful journey in country music. Meanwhile, its lead single and title track is a rock-inspired country ballad that is a hit to many listeners as it finds Zeiders in the shoes of a man making quite a few toxic decisions.
10. Truck Bed by HARDY
“Truck Bed” encompasses themes of driving trucks, taking shots, and fully embracing that country-living vibe, which Hardy is fond of. In this very modern-day drinking ballad, Hardy finds himself getting heavily intoxicated to the point of losing awareness in the front yard of his girlfriend’s house – feeling extremely regretful for his lonesome self.
11. Wild Ones by Jessie Murph & Jelly Roll
Meanwhile, Jessie Murph and Jelly Roll joined forces In “Wild Ones” to honor adventurous individuals who boldly live on the edge without a worry in the world.
12. The Painter by Cody Johnson
On the other hand, Cody Johnson paid tribute to his wife in “The Painter” – a tender love ballad about how the only woman in his life has made his world even more colorful and joyful. Johnson and his wife, Brandi, have been together for 15 years, and nothing describes his marriage better than this song.
13. Save Me The Trouble by Dan + Shay
The superstar country duo gave fans a glimpse of the next phase of their musical journey through “Save Me The Trouble,” emphasizing a more live, stripped-down feel. The song tells the story of a man exhausted from being hurt by women.
14. Where The Wild Things Are by Luke Combs
When it comes to storytelling tunes, no one does better than Luke Combs. “Where The Wild Things Are” tells a story about living as an outlaw from the perspective of a young man. Combs took the risk of telling the man’s narrative, which is evident in its shocking twist at the end of the song.
15. Burn It Down by Parker McCollum
This breakup anthem fits really well with Parker McCollum’s collection of heartbreaking ballads about love gone wrong. “Burn It Down” finds the country star fantasizing strongly about turning the memories of a just-ended relationship into “smoldering coals.” This includes the home they once shared that is now filled with so many painful memories that giving it away will never be enough – he has to burn it to the ground.
The fun doesn’t end here! Plenty of compelling and noteworthy tunes remain dominating the genre as we kick off 2024. So, we’re giving you more tracks to complete the top 40 country songs for January 2024.
- Hey Driver by Zach Bryan, Featuring The War and Treaty
- I Can Feel It by Kane Brown
- Different ‘Round Here by Riley Green, Featuring Luke Combs
- Man Made A Bar by Morgan Wallen Featuring Eric Church
- 23 by Chayce Beckham
- We Don’t Fight Anymore by Carly Pearce Featuring Chris Stapleton
- Wondering Why by The Red Clay Strays
- Mind On You by George Birge
- Rich Men North of Richmond by Oliver Anthony Music
- Mamaw’s House by Thomas Rhett, Featuring Morgan Wallen
- Coal by Dylan Gossett
- Tourniquet by Zach Bryan
- All I Need Is You by Chris Janson
- Wildflowers and Wild Horses by Lainey Wilson
- In Your Love by Tyler Childers
- Spotless by Zach Bryan, Featuring The Lumineers
- We Ride by Bryan Martin
- I’m Not Pretty by Megan Moroney
- Sarah’s Place by Zach Bryan, Featuring Noah Kahan
- Creek Will Rise by Conner Smith
- Glory Days by Gabby Barrett
- Tucson Too Late by Jordan Davis
- Your Place by Ashley Cooke
- Outskirts by Sam Hunt
- Fearless (The Echo) by Jackson Dean
Indeed, the airwaves resonate with the soulful twang of country melodies as the new year unfolds. How about you? Which of the Top 40 country songs for January 2024 will be your year’s soundtrack?
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