These Are the 60 Best Songs for Your Summer Country Music Playlist

These Are the 60 Best Songs for Your Summer Country Music Playlist


These Are the 60 Best Songs for Your Summer Country Music Playlist


I moved to Chicago eight summers ago, and it wasn’t long before I was regularly going to Country Night at the Houndstooth Saloon, an Alabama bar in Wrigleyville. The novelty of this evening manifested in a half-dozen or so other bars in the neighborhood becoming country-themed, or at least hosting a country night. Pitchers and 40 oz’s were obscenely cheap. It was always a phenomenal time (and presumably still is, but I lamentably haven’t been in awhile).

The most significant reason the evening was always so great was the DJ, Brian Berman. He essentially played the bar patrons like a marionette with his playlist, which had to have been carefully considered to strategically alternate the crowd between dancing and drinking. The unofficial price to get a request played was a shot of Jameson. If I recall correctly, he didn’t even accept cash tips. I mean this in the most endearing way possible: He was like furniture there. You expected him to be doing the same job, and loving it, in 2050. In a rapidly changing neighborhood, he was to be a constant.

While I don’t think I ever had a conversation with him beyond exchanging pleasantries, it made me very sad to learn in February that Berman had passed. Many of the songs on this summer playlist (and I also made a Spotify playlist of what was available) are ones I first enjoyed at the Houndstooth. This post is dedicated to Berman’s memory.

1. Zac Brown Band – No Hurry

2. Easton Corbin – All Over the Road

3. Luke Bryan – Move

4. Randy Houser – How Country Feels

5. Patsy Cline – Crazy

6. Tim McGraw – Something Like That

7. Toby Keith – Whiskey Girl

8. Alabama – Dixieland Delight

9. Blake Shelton – Honey Bee

10. Taylor Swift – Sparks Fly

11. Brantley Gilbert – Bottoms Up

12. Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man

13. Garth Brooks – Callin’ Baton Rouge

14. Kenny Chesney – Summertime

15. Brad Paisley – Mud on the Tires

16. David Lee Murphy – Dust on the Bottle

17. Patsy Cline – Back in Baby’s Arms

18. Luke Bryan – I Don’t Want this Night to End

19. Chris Young – Aw Naw

20. Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road

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