The top country songs of 2023 are rooted in tradition, but they're not necessarily growing there. You'll hear a few pop influences across this playlist, but for the most part, it's a list of hits that could have worked in any generation.

At least one did work in another generation. Luke Combs makes this list of the year's best country songs with a cover of "Fast Car," Tracy Chapman's hit from 1988. Fans demanded radio airplay for the song, and they've supported it in its rise to the top of the charts.

Several artists make the list twice, including Combs and Jelly Roll. Newcomer Megan Moroney has two songs, as do rising star Jordan Davis and staple Kane Brown. Fans of traditional country music will be happy to see Cody Johnson near the top, and Tim McGraw's addition is sure to make longtime fans smile.

Love songs, heartbreakers and at least one perfect circle-of-life lyric help round out this yearly list of country music's best songs. It will evolve as the year continues, with a final list published in December.

Below our list of 40, you'll find a direct way to shape this list. Rate nearly 40 songs on a 1 to 5 scale to tell us where we got it right and wrong.

The Top 40 Country Songs of 2023, Ranked

The best country songs of 2023 fit snugly over your life and experiences. Each is written from personal experiences, but somehow, translate as if they were custom to each of us.

We've loved, we've longed, we've lost and we've cut loose in the country.

Airplay charts, sales data and streaming numbers helped make this list of country music's Top 40 songs of 2023, but staff and Taste of Country reader opinion were most influential. Songs included on previous Top Country Songs lists were not eligible. A song may have been released in 2022, but it had to have the majority of recorded airplay or impact this year to count.

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