December 17th, 2006

A Country 20 (provisional)

With my ballot for the Nashville Scene's country music critics poll due in a little under 32 hours, I'm posting my leading 20 candidates for my singles list. Help! What have I left off that I shouldn't have? Especially, what alt-country/Americana stuff am I overlooking? (I am trying to vote for actual singles/focus tracks, though I'm willing to define those terms loosely. If something acts like a single - lots of people make a big deal over it, basically - then I'm counting it. I also define "country" loosely; e.g., choice number 8.)

1. Marit Larsen "Only A Fool"
2. Carrie Underwood "Before He Cheats"
3. Taylor Swift "Tim McGraw"
4. Eric Church "How 'Bout You"
5. Ashley Monroe "Satisfied"
6. Dierks Bentley "Settle For A Slowdown"
7. Dixie Chicks "Not Ready To Make Nice"
8. LeAnn Rimes "And It Feels Like"
9. Little Big Town "Good As Gone"
10. Toby Keith "A Little Too Late"
11. Bomshel "Bomshel Stomp"
12. Alan Jackson "Like Red On A Rose"
13. Eric Church "Two Pink Lines"
14. Tim McGraw "When The Stars Go Blue"
15. LeAnn Rimes "Strong"
16. Jace Everett "That's The Kind Of Love I'm In"
17. Hacienda Brothers "Different Today"
18. Keith Urban "Stupid Boy"
19. Bob Dylan "Someday Baby"
20. Jace Everett "Bad Things"