With summer approaching, it’s only right that we rank our top 10 summer country songs that perfectly embody our favorite season of the year. What makes a good country summer song? Obviously the best country songs about summer all have great lyrics that bring the hot days and endless nights to life when we listen to them. It could be a song about splashing in the water at the lake, drinking beer from a red solo cup during a summer party, or anything in between. We’ve included awesome summer country songs from Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, and other great country superstars that have payed homage to the hottest season of the year by writing a great song.
1. Zac Brown Band- Knee Deep
From Zac Brown Band’s second studio album You Get What You Give, “Knee Dee” is a great country summer song that was recorded with the legendary Jimmy Buffet. The lyrics give the perfect imagery for a sunny summer day, even if the song is about a man who has retreated intro a permanent vacation due to heartbreak- “Mind on a permanent vacation / The ocean is my only medication / Wishing my condition ain’t ever gonna go away.”.
2. Jake Owen- Barefoot Blue Jean Night
The self-titled track on his third studio album of the same name, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen is one of those carefree summer country songs that is perfect for the evening when you’re enjoying the warm weather and enjoying a few drinks. It’s a feel good summer song, highlighting the simple things in life- “Cadillac, horns on the hood / My buddy Frankie had his dad hook him up good / Girls smile when we roll by / They hop in the back, and we cruise to the river side.”.
3. Zac Brown Band- Toes
From their debut studio album The Foundation, “Toes” by Zac Brown Band launched the band into super-stardom. With lyrics like “I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand / Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand / Life is good today. Life is good today” how can you not enjoy this song during the summer while you’re drinking beers at the lake?”
4. Kenny Chesney- Summertime
Debuting in 2005 on his album The Road and the Radio, Kenny Chesney created the perfect country summer song with his hit “Summertime.” The chorus goes “Perfect song on the radio / Sing along ’cause it’s one we know / It’s a smile, it’s a kiss / It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime.”
5. Kenny Chesney- No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem
Another Chesney classic, we couldn’t not include “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem” on our list of favorite country summer songs.
6. Florida Georgia Line- Cruise
If there’s one group that knows how to create the perfect country summer anthem, it’s Florida Georgia Line. Their 2012 hit “Cruise” from their debut studio album Here’s to the Good Times is the epitome of bro country, but hey, some of us are into that! The song even has a remix by Rap legend Nelly, so seek that out if you’re into that sort of thing.
7. Keith Urban- Long Hot Summer
From his 2010 record Get Closer, “Long Hot Summer” is a great Keith Urban tune that perfectly captures the feeling of spending the summer with the one you love- “It’s gonna be a long, hot summer, we should be together / With your feet up on the dashboard now / Singing along with the radio, it’s such a beautiful sound / And when you say my name in the middle of the day, I swear I see the stars come out.”
8. Rascal Flatts- Summer Nights
Sometimes you just a need a simple party song to get right during the summer, and Rascal Flatts “Summer Nights” is exactly that. We’ve all been there- you’re partying the night away on a hot night, the girls are looking hot, the drinks are flowing, and life is good.
9. Brad Paisley- Water
There’s no way you didn’t hear “Water” at least once if you were listening to country music in 2009. Brad Paisley describes water during different parts of a boys life in the song, from splashing in kiddie pool to spraying women for a wet t-shirt contest.
10. Tracy Byrd- Watermelon Crawl
If you listened to a lot of country music in the ’90s, chances are you are already familiar with Tracy Byrd’s “Watermelon Crawl.” A dance remix of the song later became popular, exposing Byrd to a pop audience he hadn’t been able to reach before.by