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You might agree with me. You might not. You might discover a new CD. Or not. You might think I'm absolutely crazy (well, I kind of am) but after much thought here are my #10-#6 CDs of 2013.
And I must say 2013 was a tough year to do this - because there were more CDs that I wanted on the list but ten is ten. And it was hard to decide on them. I literally changed my mind about two minutes before I announced the first one on the air.
Here is a brief recap of #10-#6:
#10 - George Strait "Love is Everything" - Everything George Strait does is great. But this CD is some of the best music George Strait has put out in a couple years. He doesn't try to recreate who he is. He's George Strait. He doesn't need to.
#9 - Joe Nichols "Crickets" - It takes a lot of nerve to cover a Merle Haggard song but to do it as flawlessly as he does with "Footlights" is enough to get it on my Top 10 list. That and the other 15 (yes 15!) songs on this CD are all great. Just put it in and listen to him sing. I would never get tired of hearing him sing.
#8 - Randy Houser "How Country Feels" - no surprise that Randy got his first two Number One Singles with this CD. That's because all of the songs are GREAT. I think he could easily have another Number One and maybe even two more.
#7 - Chris Young "A.M." - I have said it before and I'll say it again, I think Chris Young has the best voice in country music today. His range is amazing and the guy can sing uptempo songs as well as he can sing a ballad. I put this CD in my car's CD player and didn't take it out for over a month.
#6 - Luke Bryan "Crash My Party" - This CD has two of my favorite singles put out this year on it, "That's My Kind of Night" and "Drink A Beer"...those songs are about as different as two songs could be and I think they really both spotlight just what this CD is all about. With all Luke's success, I'm sure he had a lot of pressure to deliver a great CD...and he did. :)
I'll finish my Top 10 up tomorrow. What would YOUR Number One CD be??? (They have to be released in 2013!)