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Top 20 Country Songs of 2012

These country songs made the biggest impact on the charts.

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Here are the year's top country songs, as calculated by radio airplay and audience response. For more info on the end-of-the-year rankings, go to Billboard.com.

20. Hunter Hayes - 'Wanted'

Image courtesy of Atlantic Records
"Wanted" was Hunter Hayes's first #1 country song, but it was the second single to be released from his self-titled debut album. "Storm Warning," which was released in 2011, was his first. It topped out at #14. "Wanted" also performed well on the general Top 100 charts, peaking at #16.

Single Release Date: March 5, 2012
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: Platinum

19. Lady Antebellum - 'Dancin' Away With My Heart'

own the night album cover
Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville Records
Lady Antebellum danced away with the charts in 2012 with this soft-toed ballad from their third studio album, Own the Night. Still, the song was prevented from reaching the top spot -- stalling at #2 -- because of competition from fellow superstars Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton.

Single Release Date: December 12, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #2
RIAA Certification: Gold

18. Lee Brice - 'Hard to Love'

hard 2 love album cover
Image courtesy of Curb Records
Lee Brice's "Hard to Love" wasn't hard to like. The self-deprecating title track from the country singer's debut album sailed to #1 in November 2012.

Single Release Date: May 14, 2012
Peak Country Chart Position: #4
RIAA Certification:

17. Luke Bryan - 'I Don't Want This Night to End'

tailgates and tanlines album cover
Image courtesy of MCA Nashville Records
Luke Bryan set the charts aflame in 2011 with his first single from Tailgates & Tanlines, "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)." The singer continued to strike platinum with this second single from the album.

Single Release Date: September 5, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: Double Platinum

16. Dierks Bentley - 'Home'

home album cover
Image courtesy of Capitol Records
The title song from Dierks Bentley's 2012 album was inspired by a 2011 Shooting in Tucson, and its melancholic resilience clearly spoke to listeners.

Single Release Date:
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: n/a

15. Miranda Lambert - 'Over You'

Miranda Lambert co-wrote "Over You" with her husband, Blake Shelton. The introspective track became the highest charting single from her album Four the Record.

Single Release Date: January 9, 2012
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: n/a

14. Jake Owen - 'Alone With You'

barefoot blue jean night album cover
Image courtesy of MCA Nashville Records
This second single from Jake Owen's Barefoot Blue Jean Night matched the performance of his top-charting title track, providing the singer with his second #1 hit.

Single Release Date: October 17, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: Gold

13. Kenny Chesney - 'Reality'

hemingway's whiskey album cover
Image courtesy of BNA Records
Released in 2010, Hemingway's Whiskey kept delivering hits for Kenny Chesney in 2012.

Single Release Date: October 3, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification:

12. Kip Moore - 'Somethin' Bout a Truck'

up all night album cover
Image courtesy of MCA Nashville Records
Something about a truck sure strikes a chord with country fans. The automotive tune took newcomer Kip Moore right to #1.

Single Release Date: September 26, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: Platinum

11. Chris Young - 'You'

chris young - neon album cover
Image Courtesy of Sony Music Nashville
Good things come in fives. This single from Chris Young was the singer's fifth song to secure #1 on the country music charts. That's something.

Single Release Date: September 12, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: Gold

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