Top 40 Country Songs of 2016
The best-selling country songs of 2016 come from superstar acts like Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton, but also newcomers like Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton. This list of the Top 40 digital songs of the year is ranked by who sold the most singles on services like iTunes.
Our Top 40 list is based on Billboard's list of the top digital country songs of 2016. Every download between January and December counts, meaning the fans truly decided the year's top songs. Three songs made both the 2015 and 2016 list, including Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," which was a runaway No. 1 last year. In addition Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" and Cam's "Burning House" racked up major sales in both years.
Releasing a song early gives an artist an advantage. However, the top song on this best-selling list wasn't released until April, proving that a great song can catch up quickly. Tim McGraw, Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley find room inside the Top 10. Artists like Rhett and Luke Bryan have multiple songs on our list.
What was your favorite song from 2016? Taste of Country chose our top 10, figuring in critic and fan opinion and radio success with sales numbers. Urban's "Blue Ain't Your Color" may rank 21 on the top selling songs of the year, but it's No. 2 on our list. McGraw does well on both. It's difficult to argue "Humble and Kind" was not one of the most important songs of the year.
Scroll through, listen to a few songs you forgot about and decide if you agree or disagree with America's choice for the No. 1 country song. As always, we welcome your opinions in the comments section below.