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Top Country Songs of 2011

The biggest country songs of 2011

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Here are the country songs that took over the radio, got stuck in your heard, and generally defined country music in 2011.

For more info on the end-of-the-year rankings, go to Billboard.com.

20. Jerrod Niemann - "What Do You Want"

jerrod niemann and the hung jury album cover
Image courtesy of Arista Nashville

Jerrod Niemann found success with this breakup song from his first studio album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury -- rising ahead of the record's companion singles "One More Drinkin' Song" and "Lover, Lover."

Single Release Date: October 4, 2010
Peak Country Chart Position: #4
RIAA Certification: Gold

19. Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson - "Don't You Wanna Stay"

Album of the Year-winner Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson struck platinum with this soft-rock construction that remained a mainstay on the radio for lovelorn listeners.

Single Release Date: November 2, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: Platinum

18. Blake Shelton - "God Gave Me You"

red river blue album cover
Images courtesy of Warner Bros.

Power ballads were clearly a goldmine for Blake Shelton too. This was one of the big songs from 2011's Red River Blue. However it was first recorded and written by Christian singer Dave Barnes.

Single Release Date: July, 25 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: n/a

17. Miranda Lambert - "Heart Like Mine"

revolution album cover
Image courtesy of Columbia Nashville Records

This single about a lovable misfit from Miranda Lambert's 2010 album Revolution wasn't rejected by the public, who helped make it a strong performer into the next year.

Single Release Date: September 29, 2009             
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: Gold

16. Luke Bryan - "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)"

tailgates and tanlines album cover
Image courtesy of MCA Nashville Records

Luke Bryan was the pied piper to every dance-happy country listener this year.  Even I couldn't resists: "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" was one of was my picks for the best songs of the year.

Single Release Date: April 19, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #4
RIAA Certification: Platinum

15. Toby Keith - "Made in America"

clancy's tavern album cover
Image courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music

As he did with "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," Toby Keith found success once more with a patriotic anthem -- this one off his 2011 album Clancy's Tavern.

Single Release Date: June 13, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: n/a

14. Justin Moore - "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away"

outlaws like me album cover
Image courtesy of the Valory Music Company

This emotional number from Outlaws Like Me may have made listeners cry, but Justin Moore obviously didn't drive listeners away at number 14.

Single Release Date: February 22, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: Gold

13. Lady Antebellum - "Just a Kiss"

own the night album cover
Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville Records

You must remember this: a kiss is just a kiss. Unless it's Lady Antebellum's chart-topping single from 2011's Own the Night.

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

12. Zac Brown Band with Jimmie Buffett - "Knee Deep"

you get what you give album cover
Image courtesy of Atlantic Records

Supreme slackers Zac Brown and Jimmie Buffett got together in this song from You Get What You Give, with suitably laid-back results.

Single Release Date: May 9, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #1
RIAA Certification: n/a

11. George Strait - "Here for a Good Time"

"Here for a Good Time" was the most upbeat track from George Strait's album of the same name. This neo-traditional honky-tonker helped bring the singer in a hair's breadth of the year's top ten songs.

Single Release Date: June 13, 2011
Peak Country Chart Position: #2
RIAA Certification: n/a

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