It’s easy to see why Jason Aldean is one of country’s most badass performers. Not only does he totally rock a pair of skin tight jeans, cowboy boots and his signature cowboy hat, but his music is high-octane and pressurized party anthems that simply make the perfect backdrop to any occasion. Many of his thumpin’ tunes speak to the small-town atmosphere of America’s Heartland, celebrating the blue-collar lifestyle and championing a way of life only you can know if you were born and raised there. Ever since the release of his self-titled full player in 2005, he has dug his boots into new dirt, shaken off the old and continued to forge his own specific brand of southern-rock and Texas red-dirt country. Sure, he leans beyond the encompassing genre labels, but that’s only a small part of his charm.
After the success of his first album, Aldean has gone on to drop some of country’s most rowdy sets, including 2007’s Relentless, 2009’s Wide Open, 2010’s breakout set My Kinda Party and 2012’s chuggin’ Night Train. Last fall, he blazed hot with his latest Old Boots, New Dirt, another powerhouse collection of scorchers, anchored by the lead single “Burnin’ It Down.” A decade into his impressive, stadium-sized career and he hasn’t lost his edge even once. If anything, he’s trekked a creative revival of infectious pop hooks, peppered together with gale-sized production. While his music is often smacked with the “bro-country” descriptor, you can’t deny that this is exactly the kind of artist he is, creating the kind of music he wants to make. With fans clamoring for more, more, more, there’s no sign of him slowing down anytime soon.
Without further adieu, here is a rundown of his eight best barn-burners, in no particular order:
“Hicktown” (2005’s self-titled)
“Dirt Road Anthem” (2010’s My Kinda Party)
“Take a Little Ride” (2012’s Night Train)
“Crazy Town” (2009’s Wide Open)
“Tattoos on This Town” (2010’s My Kinda Party)
“1994” (2012’s Night Train)
“My Kinda Party” (2010’s My Kinda Party)
“The Only Way I Know,” with Luke Bryan and Eric Church (2012’s Night Train)
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