I'm sitting here looking at all of the songs that were released over the past twelve months and 2011 was an incredible year for country music. So, here are my top five songs for this year.

Before I begin my mini-countdown, I should reveal my highly scientific method of determining the top songs of 2011:  it's the songs I've found myself singing along to the most, combined with concert experiences when applicable, combined with music that's just "really, really good."


We'll start at #5 and it belongs to Jake Owen and "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" -- country music's soundtrack for the summer of 2011.



#4 on my list is a song that didn't get much attention this year: "Threaten Me With Heaven" from Vince Gill. This song briefly made an appearance in Cat Fight a few months ago and I think it's one of the best songs he's ever performed.



Who's at #3? "Am I The Only One" from Dierks Bentley.  It's hard to not like Dierks Bentley -- he is excellent in concert and his songs make you want to roll down the car windows and blast the radio (even in December). Joe Kelly and I had an opportunity to hang out with Dierks the last time he was here in Atlantic City and he is one of the most down-to-earth people I've ever met.



At #2 for the year: "If I Die Young" from The Band Perry -- easily the most emotional and thought-provoking song of 2011.



And, according to me, the #1 country song for 2011: "Honey Bee" from Blake Shelton. Blake's career has skyrocketed over the past twelve months; it's been fun watching him become a face of country music. Check out the video for "Honey Bee" and let me know if you agree.


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If you want to find out the official top songs of 2011, Lon Helton will countdown the top 70 songs of 2011 Saturday morning starting at 6:00 with a special edition of Country Countdown USA.  Sunday, Bob Kingsley will run-down his list of the top 50 songs of the year with Country Top 40, starting at 8AM, on Cat Country 107.3!  Happy New Year!